I have always looked forward to search and social media becoming more connected. The two realms are already integrated, but there's still tremendous progress that must be made before search results are a true and accurate representation of a combination of what your social network endorses and what ranks high for SEO.
Instagram has had quite the few weeks, from moving away from an iOS-only app by releasing a version for Android, to then being bought by Facebook. If there was any doubt before that Instagram was an example of a wildly successful mobile app, there definitely isn't anymore. But what really got some talking is how the service became so successful with basically no website.
Yesterday, Google+ got a huge makeover, but the look is very familiar. There's no doubt that the redesign looks good (with the possible exception of the white space already being mocked), but web users question the value of the redesign. Google's main problem with their social network is the lack of unique value. If anything, the redesign amplifies this. Let's take a look at some new features.