Some have criticised Julia Gillard's latest foray into online chat as trite -- but others see it as a valuable communications medium for both politicians and the public
For newbies and experts alike, Mashable presents a set of useful cheat sheets for Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
Having staked so much on its success, Google can't afford Google+ to fail, yet virtually nobody uses it. Acquiring emerging social media platform Pinterest could be just what the doctor ordered, writes Kyle Wagner.
It may be widely perceived as a social media platform populated by cyber tumbleweeds, but Google says a whopping 100 million people have used Google+ in the last 30 days, reports Lisa O'Carroll and Josh Hallday.
There's no doubt Google was very effective in getting users to sign up for Google+. Trouble is, the new social media platform quickly turned into a ghost town, writes Rebecca Greenfield.
With Facebook apparently set to launch an initial public offering this week, valuing it at $US75 billion-$US100 billion, the market’s willingness to capitalise the optimism around social networking businesses is about to be tested.
Arguably the best feature of Google+, 'hangouts', has been expanded to allow broadcasting linked to YouTube streams. It presents immense opportunities for TV networks, writes, Devon Glenn.
Well, the conversion of all human existence into digital form continues to make steady progress. Few real obstacles were encountered this year, despite repeated attempts to frighten us off.