So, I got a google Plus invite from a friend the other day. I was drooling with excitement when I got the email. I’ve heard so many awesome things about Google’s new social network that I’ve been dying to try it out myself. Woo hoo! I’m about to join the party!
The email was a simple with a red learn more about Google Plus Button at the bottom. Here’s what it looked like:
Features of Google Plus I’m Looking Forward to Trying Out
There are a number of new social networking features in Google Plus that are innovative. You can search the net and find all different lists of “killer” features. That by itself tells me that it caters to a number of different interests.
For those with android devices, you have features such as instant uploads when you take a picture. While I don’t have an android phone, I can see why this would be an attractive feature for the android social networker.
I’m primarily interested in trying out a couple of Google Plus’ more basic features.
The first major concept that they’ve implemented is the idea of having circles. Suppose you have certain friends that have a common interest, so you want to share certain things with them. But you don’t necessarily want to share the latest news about uncle Bob’s new wart. Well you can put those friends in a different circle. That way you can filter your sharing.
This is a brilliant idea that allows you to separate your groups without having to create a new account of worry about the news you are putting out to the public. Called into work sick, but you were out partying last night? No worries, now you can put your work friends into a different circle from your partying friends.
While this sounds like a pretty good idea, I’m really interested in using the feature hands on.
Mark Zuckerburg said that nobody is interested in creating lists. I agree with him as I fall into the camp of people that have a hard time managing lists.
It may be that Google’s concept of circles has made this process more simple and intuitive. However, I really need the hands on experience to see if it works. It could just be a clever list making tool in disguise. So, we’ll see.
The second feature that is creating a lot of buzz is the hangout feature.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Hangouts is basically a persistent group video chatting feature. It allows you and 10 of your friends to hangout in a video chat. The best part is that once it’s created, it is persistent. So the creator of the hangout can step out and the hangout stays open. This really does remind me of the old days in school when I just “hung out” with my friends.
The best part is that I can have a video conference with so many people. This is a feature I can see many people latching onto and using immediately. Friends can hangout. Families can have an impromptu family reunion. Even large business meetings can be conducted in hangout.
I can certainly see this feature really cutting into Skype’s market share. Things will get really interesting when Facebook launches their competitor next week.
Rumor has it that Facebook is set to integrate Skype into it’s social network. However, if they are limited to only have 2 or 3 people in a video chat at a time, I think they will lose out to Google Plus.
Of all the features of Google Plus, I think the hangout feature is the one that is most likely to lure people onto Google’s social network.
So, with these couple of features in mind, I rubbed my hands together eagerly. I moused over the learn more button.
I clicked the button with anticipation.
It took me to the Google Plus screen where I saw this message:
What a cruel joke!
As it turns out Google Plus is apparently closed to new invitees. So, I have to wait for them to open up their trial to new invitees before I can join in.
Well, it’s back to the waiting game. I’d love to get a hands on experience with Google Plus. So, I’ll report back on it as soon as they give me an invitation…. For real.