Get Ready To Start Throwing Sheep On Google+


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Google+, the search company’s Facebook killer, will have a developer API at some point, SVP Vic Gundotra tells CNet’s Rafe Needleman.What this means is developers will be able to build apps on top of Google+, just like they do with Facebook right now. 

When Facebook opened its platform, the most popular early app, if you’ll remember, was SuperPoke, and its most popular use was to throw virtual sheep at people.

That app is owned by Slide, which is now owned by Google. So we’ve come round full circle.

More seriously, building apps on top of Google+ is a way to feed more notifications into the service. Google+’s secret weapon is the fact that notifications appear as a red button in a bar at the top of the screen on every single Google site. That’s how Google hopes to get people to see, and sign up for, and use Google+. And more apps means more notifications which means more reasons to use Google+. At least in theory.

The only problem with that is that it would make Google+ even more indistinguishable from Facebook. There’s something not-quite-right about building a social service because people supposedly dislike Facebook and then copying it to a t. Especially since last we checked, the most annoying thing about Facebook, according to the half of Facebook users who don’t play social games, is all those FarmVille notifications from the other half. 

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