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…And You Ask Yourself, “What Is Google+?”

Some of you out there might be wondering, “What exactly is Google+?” Well, we’re just getting acquainted with Google’s new foray into social networking ourselves, but from what we can tell, it could prove to be a serious new competitor to Facebook. If you’ve found any success maintaining a business profile at Facebook, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be making posts on your Google+ profile too (side note: Google has alluded to more business-friendly features being in the works…so hold off on creating a profile for your biz just yet).

In the meantime, if you haven’t already received an invitation to join (as of today, Google+ is still officially ‘unreleased’ and in beta) then submit your personal email address at or hit up someone you know that already has an account and ask them to add you to one of their ‘circles’ – chances are, you’ll get an invite from Google in short order.

Once you’ve got your invite and log in for the first time, you might be a bit confused as to how everything works. Thus far, the best guide we’ve found to understanding and using Google+ comes from the good people at – check out their Google+ How-to Guide and let us know what you think about the new service.

Monday, July 18, 2011 | Categories: Geek News, News, PopularC News | Tagged , , | By Popular Content

Urban Tri Steps Up Their Game With Web Redesign

Minneapolis based, triathlon gear retailer Urban Tri recently launched a new Web site with the help of Popular Content. The project included: Interface design, WordPress CMS backend for maintaining not only the Blog section – but site wide updating as well, events calendar linked to the company Google Calendar for easy updating, as well as Facebook and Twitter feed tie-ins to keep social media updates efficient and easy to manage from a single source.

Friday, July 8, 2011 | Categories: Design, PopularC News, Web, Work | Tagged , , , , | By Popular Content

Popular Content Redesigns Web. The Cobbler’s Children Rejoice!

Though it may be a cliche within the industry, “The cobbler’s children go unshod” or rather in this case “The design agency has no Web site,” has been our ‘excuse’ for far too long. Today we have rectified our sad state of affairs with a simple, yet up-to-date site.

Our intentions are honorable. We intend to practice what we preach with the introduction of The Content Blog, featuring new projects, advertising and marketing perspectives, and our take on new technologies and geeky design+tech+gadgets we love.

To make the refresh complete, you can also now show us your love by connecting with us via: Facebook, Twitter, or Linkdin. But as we’ve always said, human interaction is preferred – give us a call at 612+870+1940 to setup a face-to-face, the coffee is on us.

Friday, July 1, 2011 | Categories: PopularC News, Web, Work | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | By Popular Content

Google Rolling Out New Look, Little By Little

Google has, over the last number of days, been rolling out a new look for some of their more popular Web apps beginning with a modest change to their home page. Gmail and Google Calendar appear to be getting the same treatment (at least as a preview theme for now) which leads me to wonder if this was all due to the fanfare the Google+ interface has been receiving.

Taking Cues From Apple’s Success

Back in 2005 Google hired Andy Hertzfeld, a ‘former Macintosh wizard’ and one of the original designers of the Mac interface. Word has it that despite Larry Paige’s opposition to ‘lavish’ (or imho ‘good’) interface design, Andy was given free reign as the design lead for Google+. Maybe after seeing the favorable reception (at least by initial reviews) that Google+ has seen, Larry discovered that beauty AND speed can harmonize in the cloud.

More at: Google Blog, Gmail Blog, Google Calendar, Google+ Demo, Wired

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | Categories: Design News, Geek News | Tagged , , , , , | By Popular Content

The Pope Enters the Twitterverse, Sinners and Saints To Follow

It’s true, the Pope has beat us to the punch (sadly, we have not yet tweeted a single character). Pope Benedict XVI shot off his first tweet today, and from the forbidden fruit companies’ iPad no less.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | Categories: Geek News | Tagged , , | By Popular Content