Google+ trends: how the Coachella Tupac hologram was created, Pulitzer Prize winners

News of American rapper Tupac’s virtual reincarnation is still spreading across Google+. Google+ (G+) users continue to post videos of his Coachella performance with Snoop Dogg but are now linking to articles that explain how the elaborate hologram was created.

MTV says that the impressive illusion was created by San Diego audio-visual staging company AV Concepts and Hollywood effects house Digital Domain. The hologram took nearly four months to create and is estimated to have cost upwards of $100,000 to $400,000.

G+’ers are discussing the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and noting how the internet and social media are changing today’s newsrooms. “World is digitizing: The Huffington Post - online-only daily news website - won its first Pulitzer Prize” say Plussers.

Google has signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to offer more than 600 movies for rent through YouTube and Google Play.

Google+ users in the US and Canada say that “Google Play is starting to become a wonderful entertainment ecosystem” but those living elsewhere are disappointed the service is not available in their region.

“Movie fanatics in U.S. and Canada are getting 600 titles for rent from YouTube and Google Play,” said one G+’er, “And surprisingly, rest of the world keeps on pirating... Those movie studios could earn lot more if these channels were genuinely global.”

Plussers are joking that G+ must be full of geeks for the #Superman hashtag to enter the trending topics list. Images of a dog wearing a Superman costume, a baby appearing to lift a car and Superman comics are filling the stream.

The top 5 most talked about topics on Google+ on April 17 at 7:30 AM GMT are:

  1. Google
  2. #coachella
  3. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  4. Pulitzer Prize
  5. #Superman