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Thursday, 18th August 2011

New From Google: Photo Sharing and Music Discovery Sites

By Africa S. Hands

This week Google launched two new services: Photovine and Magnifier.

From CNET:

The service, which debuted as an invitation-only application last month, lets users snap photos and share them with friends much the way they'd blurt out tweets on Twitter. With Photovine, though, photographers group pictures thematically, with one person taking a snap of, say, their desk and sharing it under the theme of "cluttered desks." Other Photovine users, then, can add pictures of their work spaces. In the parlance of the new application, that's a vine.

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From International Business Times:

Magnifier will add features like videos of live performances, interviews with artists, explorations of different musical genres and free songs users can add to their Music Beta collection, Google said in a blog post.

As part of the new Magnifier launch, Google is giving away two tracks to Music Beta users, one of which is an exclusive to Magnifier: a live performance of "The Day is Coming."

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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