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Google+ Officially Open To Teens 93

Posted by timothy
from the rebellion-doesn't-spring-to-mind dept.
hypnosec writes "Google+ made a landmark move and opened itself to users who are over the age of 13. Google+ did not initially target the younger crowd and kept itself available only for users above the age of 18. While opening up to youngsters over the age of 13 the social network also added improved safety features to keep the younger crowd protected. Now it features more rigid default settings for privacy, but they can be overridden nonetheless. The vice president of product management at Google+, Bradley Horowitz, in a Google+ post stated, 'With Google+, we want to help teens build meaningful connections online. We also want to provide features that foster safety alongside self-expression. Today we're doing both, for everyone who's old enough for a Google Account.'"
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Google+ Officially Open To Teens

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  • by watermark (913726) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @10:37AM (#38849679)

    Tell a thirteen year old they can't sign up for something they want and you'll see how many of them were born in 1990.

    • NCLB (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Hognoxious (631665)

      They only know to put 1990 because they read it on an intertweet. Most of them couldn't do the necessary calculation.

      Even with a calculator.

    • by ackthpt (218170) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @11:07AM (#38849827) Homepage Journal

      Tell a thirteen year old they can't sign up for something they want and you'll see how many of them were born in 1990.

      Yep. Sure fire way for your club for young people to go out of business is call it "Teen Club" they won't just avoid it, but flee.

      Call it something innocuous and they'll show up. Don't even mention it's for teens though.

      • by Legion303 (97901)

        "As a matter of fact, we're only opening the site to younger users under extreme protest. We don't feel they can handle the amount of cool involved with G+." --Google Marketing

    • by CAIMLAS (41445) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @04:07PM (#38851277) Homepage

      At first I thought, "yeah, so?" and then I realized that people born in 1990 are no longer 13, they're 22 now.

      God, I feel old.

      • We must enjoy this time while it lasts, before young adults start thinking the 20th century was a mythical time when dinosaurs walked the earth, the computer had not yet been invented, and people couldn't count past a hundred. ("Yeah, sure, I was born in one thousand nine-hundred and ninety-nine. So what?")

        Yours,
        - Samantha (b. 1988)
        • by garaged (579941)

          Hi there fellow little girl

          Best regards
          Max (b. 1974)

          P.s. Not hiting, Im married and stuff

  • Shouldn't they have waited 8 months?

    • Doesn't really change much, there are probably more immature assholes over 18 than below 18 anyways. If they tend to show up in your facebook/google+ stream then that should tell you to either be more restrictive with whom you add or that you're hanging out with an immature crowd IRL.

      • That's a fair point. In lieu of proper public forums (y'know, ones that actually promote discourse between diverse people rather than just facilitating our already-existing limited interpersonal relationships), like other forms of spam, the Eternal September isn't really a big deal for social networks. Unfortunately that comes at the cost of never having your worldview challenged.
  • by motang (1266566) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @10:39AM (#38849685)
    There goes the neighbourhood!
  • core demographic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @10:39AM (#38849687) Homepage

    So they've figured out that grown-ups don't drive the popularity of social networking sites?

    • indoctrinate early.

      google takes a lesson from 'organized' religion.

      (and apple: apple puts computers into schools so that they indoctrinate kids with the 'mac way' early).

      on topic: g+ will be seen as the new myspace soon enough. nice going, goog. you're on your way to being irrelevant (again).

      • by jez9999 (618189)

        on topic: g+ will be seen as the new myspace soon enough. nice going, goog. you're on your way to being irrelevant (again).

        What? This is utter bullshit. G+ isn't a millionth as shitty as Myspace was, and in fact has some nice features that Facebook doesn't (eg. Circles, Hangouts).

        • people swarmed to myspace. deny that? it was hugely popular.

          until it wasn't.

          the next thing came. hugely popular. and now it is on its decline.

          g+ is no different. give it time, it will (already does, from what I've seen and read) suck as badly and people will leave.

          this stuff can't be stable over long-term. my only bet is to not bet on this at all. time washes all this crap away, just like every fad out there.

          'the internet' and 'social interaction online' will always stay; but this centralized company

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Your post reminds me of MySpace - not because that's the subject, but because it's badly formatted, poorly spaced, uncapitalised, lunatic drivel with no factual content or coherent point. Seriously, your argument appears to be "I know of something that was popular but now isn't, therefore all popular things will become unpopular over time". You can't even apply that uniformly, because Facebook isn't declining at all despite matching your criteria for being a "fad".

            You're either on drugs, stupid, or on drugs

    • by Phics (934282)

      So they've figured out that grown-ups don't drive the popularity of social networking sites?

      They already knew this. The're just doing the Google thing of tossing a product out there early before throwing the doors wide open and implementing every idea or option all at once. Might as well get the product out there early, then start slowly adding in the features and opening up the access. You can do that with a "cloud" product if you want to. Kind of tough to do that with traditional off the shelf software.

      I'd be shocked if they hadn't planned this from the start, and just decided to try and get

    • by cultiv8 (1660093)

      Today we're doing both, for everyone who's old enough for a Google Account.

      So does this mean anyone younger than 13 can't have an Android phone?

      • by tepples (727027)
        Phone service has to be in the name of a grown-up anyway because most Android phones are sold on a 24-month contract.
        • by JWSmythe (446288)

          Actually, I was just shopping for phones. There are plenty of Android phones on prepaid providers. The only proof of age that's really required for a prepaid is your ability to walk into a store with cash. Buy the phone for cash. Buy a reload card for cash. Done.

          They're also useful for sending out to your secret network of spies. "Well, the phones and cards were purchased with cash by a 15 year old kid in Podunk, Alabama."

          Just kidding. No self respecting

  • It was a good run. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Lewrker (749844)

    The only appeal of G+ was not having all the bs teenage drama there, and people seemed a little bit less mentally challenged.
    Good night sweet prince.

    • So, if you are concerned about the teenage drama, why do you associate with them? It's not like you're forced to add teens to your circle.

      • by Lewrker (749844)

        I'm just worried that all the worst aspects of facebook (attention-whoring, crappy games, internet-disease solarflare photos etc) will inevitably be ported to g+, either making it a replacement for fb or rendering it useless when it becomes a clone of it. "If you don't like it just ignore it" doesn't work when the developers are actively pushing that stuff to generate more ad revenue.

        • by JWSmythe (446288)

          The abundance of crappy games is the only thing holding G+ back right now. Why would anyone even use it on a regular basis? There's no incentive for the general population.

  • Coolio (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 28, 2012 @10:56AM (#38849779)

    That's really cool, because I'm also a 13 year old teen (male) and am looking for cool online friendships with nice chicks. My hobbies are: /., programming microcontrollers with Ada, helicopter simulations, and long-term role-playing games (BDSM/TPE) over Google Video chat.

    • by Sarten-X (1102295)
      Alas, I have no mod points, but I do now have coffee on my keyboard. Subtle and well done.
    • Re:Coolio (Score:5, Funny)

      by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @01:22PM (#38850471)
      Why did you list programming in Ada separately from BDSM?
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  • realname policy (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    the first thing, parents tell their children: do not give anyone your full name on the internet.

  • by cullen_johnson (2562715) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @10:59AM (#38849799)
    I was always kind of surprised that they hadn't done this already. The only way for a general-purpose social network like G+ to compete with facebook is to win the younger generation of social networkers. They can't expect everyone to leave facebook and their 1000+ friends just for a cleaner interface and about 50 friends.
    • I was always kind of surprised that they hadn't done this already.

      Given Google's "throw darts at the dartboard" and "swerve and skid all over the landscape" strategies for G+ to date - how can you be surprised? The only thing Google has done right so far was to give early access to niche net celebrities (like Thomas Hawk or Marc Spagnuolo).

      The only way for a general-purpose social network like G+ to compete with facebook is to win the younger generation of social networkers. They can't expect every

  • Huh? (Score:2, Insightful)

    That headline made me think of an Onion piece: TIME Announces New Version Of Magazine Aimed At Adults. [youtube.com] Would help if I knew what Google+ is. OK, it's their answer to Facebook, got it. Wow. Why did they give it a name that sounds like a multivitamin?

    • Google+ is actually a multi-vitamin for those over 50. They are now trying to attract the younger crowd, but it lost its cool factor long ago.
  • by Sark666 (756464) on Saturday January 28, 2012 @11:31AM (#38849929)

    I would think being able to use a nickname would add a level of privacy.

  • Hey so I have kids below that age and I guess it's totally fine for me to let them use G+ its not that much of a worry for me. Not saying I have great parenting though but I guess it's fine at the end of the day. Loves, joelle http://sgbrandedbags.com/ [sgbrandedbags.com]
  • They told everyone under 18 to go away, they're not going to return. Google+ had the worst launch of any product I've ever seen.

  • Now what? Will Google acquire Myspace and pick up the kids still on there?

    (Does Myspace still actually have members, or is it just a promotional site for entertainment now?)

    • by Githaron (2462596)
      What is Myspace? :)
    • by swillden (191260)

      Now what? Will Google acquire Myspace and pick up the kids still on there?

      (Does Myspace still actually have members, or is it just a promotional site for entertainment now?)

      I just performed a quick survey of a dozen kids hanging out at my house (my kids and their friends)... and no one under 14 had any idea what myspace was. They're all on Facebook, even the ones under 13, and most are on Google+ as well.

      • by Animats (122034)

        I just performed a quick survey of a dozen kids hanging out at my house (my kids and their friends)... and no one under 14 had any idea what myspace was. They're all on Facebook, even the ones under 13, and most are on Google+ as well.

        Ask them how often they check Facebook, and do they check it more, or less, than a few months ago.

  • With everyone and their grandparents on Facebook, the kids are going to want to go somewhere where their parents don't have an account. Of course, on Google+, when the parents eventually get a Google+ account, the kids could always put their parents in a separate circle and only share what they want with them.
  • 10MPG for an H1? If that's all you're getting, you're doing something wrong. (Probably not running the turbo Detroit, I imagine, and driving poorly.)

    Look folks. I'm tired of the "big gas guzzling beasts" argument being made, particularly where people are supposed to be educated.

    The H1 was primarily offered in 6.5 and 6.2 liter Detroit diesel packages, both with and without a turbo. It weighs around 6500lb-7000lb and came with a 3 or 4 speed transmission. The vehicle has 4 wheel drive. These specifications a

    • by Thing 1 (178996)
      Your 12 mpg rating does seem awfully close to 10 mpg. To your argument, i would say, "Go boil a frog." (Yes, I know that's been mythbusted as well.)
      • by CAIMLAS (41445)

        There is quite a difference in practicality between 12 and 10mpg - it's 20% better fuel economy.

        In contrast, a 30mpg mini-sedan isn't even 100% better fuel economy than my van.

        Boiling frogs has nothing to do with it. That'd be like arguing a negligible difference.

        • by Thing 1 (178996)
          You're right; I was somewhat, and perhaps overly, cryptic (due to aligning with your signature :). Let me try to recall... You ended your argument with:

          let's be a little more intelligent about our stereotypes and digs. Keep this up and it won't be long until we start seeing stupidity like "brown people don't work hard".

          ... and I'm still coming up blank, my apologies for vomiting in your direction; I'll try to be more careful in the future.

          I do agree about the 20% improvement.

  • "AND YOU CAN'T USE THIS!!! ONLY FOR DECENT HONEST ADULTS!!".

    first let nobody in and then start allowing everyone.

    they're not doing the cartman marketing trick quite right though.. maybe that's because they're not running an amusement park.

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