Finally got to use Google+
Got my Google+ invite today. I think it’s going to be the first social service from Google that I will actually use besides eMail. Google+ has several features you’d expect from a social software like streams, photo/video/link sharing and group chat.
One awesome feature that I like about Google+ is called Circles. I think that it’s the closest representation to human social interaction. If you’ve used JoinDiaspora, it’s similar to its Aspect feature. All the social networking software that i’ve used so far, except Google+ and JoinDiaspora, does not allow multiple channel relationships which I believe is an essential ingredient to a good social software. Not even Facebook has it — yes you can classify people into lists but that’s just about what you can do.
The other thing that I find great about Google+ is that it lets you download your data like photos and contacts using the Data Liberation feature. Try downloading your photos in Facebook for example and you’ll find out that you can’t do it nor can you download your list of contacts.
There’s also a feature called Spark — a way to select your interests and view a stream of content about them. Google Profiles has been incorporated into Google+. And Picasa Photos has been integrated to allow Google+ users to share photos and videos with other users.
One feature, I am waiting for is the ability to connect my Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter accounts to Google+ so that I can just use it to post and interact with other people. These may not be too far down the road and I am hoping that it will be available once Google+ is publicly available to everyone. What would also be great is that Google+ becomes available in Google Apps.
A Google+ Android app is already available and an iPhone version is coming soon.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.