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Google+ still trying to find suitable user control balance for games

Google is being careful regarding how it integrates games into its Google+ social network, as it does not want users to feel as though they are being spammed with game requests from friends.
Google is being careful regarding how it integrates games into its Google+ social network, as it does not want users to feel as though they are being spammed with game requests from friends. The company first launched a select number of social games for the platform in August last year, but it is still limiting the number of developers that have permission to develop for it. Speaking at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco this week, and as reported by Venturebeat, Google+ engineering director David Glazer explained that the company is taking its time to get the balance right before it opens the platform up to all developers. "We've seen communities ruined by games," he noted. "How do we find that balance between people who are interested in games, without having the problem of more spam?" "What we're trying to mostly do is put control in the hands of users," he continued. He noted that the company has seen equal numbers of developers who are interested in developing for the platform, and "people who hoped we never allowed games on Google+." Regarding whether games will always be segregated from the rest of Google+'s social features, he answered, "Maybe. It will always be distributed in a way that respects the entire community."

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