Friday Social Round Up: Schmap, Google+ Get Creative, Guardian Bot and Google + Business Pages

Written by Nazilla Allahiary - 28 Oct 2011

Google + business pages to launch in the next few days?

While at iStrategy this week, Paul Tweeted:

That’s right; Yann Gourvennec, director of web & digital for Orange, might have let the cat out of the bag. I guess we will see in the next few days...

Guardian bot

On Thursday the Guardian launched a Twitter-based search bot. @GuardianTagBot allows users to search for content on The Guardian’s website by tweeting a question or keyword to it. The bot will then tweet back with a link to a page on the Guardian website with all the search results.

Nina Lovelace, content and development manager at the Guardian Group, was keen to point out that TagBot was “not Siri” and is specifically a search tool so would struggle with personal queries such as “Will you marry me?”

Schmap is coming soon to a town near you.

Schmap is a location technology service provider and local publisher with cutting-edge expertise in the intersection between local, social, commercial and the real-time web.

Schmap released their first Schmap City Guides in March 2006. These were originally updated twice a year but now update in real-time with the local buzz for restaurants and bars from Twitter users as well as reviews from local residents.

Schmap is currently available for Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow and London, giving users information such as hot places to eat, drink and go clubbing as well what is trending in the area in categories such as art exhibitions, pizza places and nightlife choices.

My Halloween Creation

Google + gets creative!

Google has unveiled a host of new Google+ features today including some interesting photo editing tools. Although photo editing is by no means new to Google+, they have added a wide range of pre-made photo editing filters as well as adding a special set of Halloween add-ons.

The news was revealed after some of their execs and a small group of celebrities looked frightful in their profile pictures this morning.

Below is an instructional video on how you can create you Halloween Google + image.

Inforgraphic time