I may be a little late to the party, and I’m not big on doing reviews, but this is something a little different. This I see as potentially revolutionary for the way organizations share their stories and communicate with their audiences.
I recently joined Google+ and started exploring. I’m really liking how you can use circles to control information dissemination. I see a real use for this by organizations needing to get information and buy-in together before releasing it to a wider audience. The Hangout feature is going to give organizations a whole new way to interact with their audience (I’ve already shared article on Google+ about professors planning to use the feature to hold virtual office hours and study sessions with students).
I’m can’t wait to see how they integrate Google+ into Google Docs. It’s going to be huge for collaboration. It has the potential to change the workforce with constant and consistent contact for a distributed team. Distance learners could have much stronger support from classmates and teachers. It really could change the way business and learning are done.
I do worry a little that we’ll all be googlized. They’re doing great things and on the cutting edge. I just worry about people becoming to dependent on one tool. I hope that other technology organizations out there have seen where Google set the bar and are planning on ways to raise it themselves.
I have to say, it’s an amazing time to be alive, isn’t it? The things we can do today that we never even dreamed of are the same things our kids will think obsolete. Google+ is one more step into the future we didn’t dream of.
If you’d like to add me to your circles I’m Lorie E.G. Singer!