Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Google + ? The New Facebook?

For those of you don't know Google + is on the scene. Everyone is calling the new social media "must have". Everyone that is but Google. In the company's announcement, you won't find the phrase anywhere. They instead use another "S" word: "sharing." 
By not labeling Google+ as a "social network," Google has a point. Google+ is no more a social network than it is any number of other online communications media. Google+ is also an email service, blogging platform, micro-blogging site, news feed, video conferencing system, chat service, location-based social network and more. So why call it a "social network"?
I recently got added to Google + and I had mixed emotions about what I found. First thing I noticed is it's so much cleaner, crisper, and less cluttered than Facebook. No adds. Yeah.. It has five components:  Circles, Hangouts, Instant Upload, Huddle and Sparks. The blurb explains that Circles allows you to assign your friends in an arbitrary number of "circles" – family, colleagues, poker buddies etc – "just like real life". Hangouts brings "the unplanned meet-up to the web for the first time. Let specific buddies (or entire circles) know you're hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face chat". Instant Upload means that your pictures and videos upload automatically to a private album, ready for sharing. Huddle is group text-chat, which apparently will be very useful "when you're trying to get six different people to decide on a movie". And Sparks is some kind of RSS feed on hyper drive. "Tell Sparks what you're into and it will send you stuff it thinks you will like."

Right now Google + is limited test form so it it not open to the public. However, if you would like to get an invite to Google+ just send me your email address and I'd be happy to send you an invite. If you are already on Google+ you can add me here 

I think Google + is going to be a wonderful 
What do you think of Google and it's many features?
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At July 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan posted about this yesterday and sent me an invite - I still need to check it out.


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