Being the second largest social media platform, Google+ is the latest medium for social networking, where people can upload and exchange information in the digital space. It’s the future of social networking systems, with it’s new and unique sharing functions online.
Among its many features, one aspect of Google+ that makes it so unique is in “how” you are able to share and access your contents online. You may have had experiences where you may have wanted to share information to only a select group of people- Sometimes I might want only my school friends to see my status updates. That is why Google+ has come up with a realistic solution using “Circles.”
Unlike the conventional approach where people could only upload information to their profile for all “friends” to see, “Circles” allows users to create and select certain groups of people they would like to share their material with. It’s more like real life, because users are able to choose exactly the people you want to share with. Users can label other users not as “friends” but into “circles” where they can place them into different groups with customized labels. Thereon, they can share specific content with only that group, whilst keeping information from others. For example, I would have separate circles for my family, my school friends, best buddies, and teachers so that I will be able to share specific content with only the people I need and want to. It really depends on what I want to do with my information.
Allows you to organize your information to share with only the people you want to with. It also allows you to cut out unnecessary information you don’t want to hear from other people’s posts. It also to refine and customize content viewing options as well. Moreover, when you “add” a person to your “circle” that person does not know which “circle” group you have placed them in, allowing for more private exchange of information. It’s just like in real life where you can decide your level of privacy!
In “Circles”, you are able to share your information and contents freely. The “Photos” feature allows you to upload stunningly high resolution photos for your specific “Circles” groups to enjoy and admire. You can add on to your existing albums, or even create a totally different albums page! You can even lock the photos so they cannot be re-shared by anyone else. You have total control of how you want to manage your contents. This is the future of social media!
How about having a high resolution video conferences with “Google Hangout” while driving? Google hangout allows for smooth video conferences with as many people as 9 people. Friends can drop into the “Google Hangout” as they wish and share content through other Google applications, such as Google Drive. You can share your screens. You can call an infinite number of times for free!
It also offers some of the most diverse video conferencing features. Live hangouts on Youtube or “Hangout on Air” is available, which allows people to stream live events or host live shows via Youtube and for free! Celebrities like Conan O’Brien, Sarah Hill, and Nascar Race driver Roush Fenway use “Hangout on Air” to host shows on Youtube for all to enjoy. And now you can not only “view” their content, but you can also talk face to face with these celebrities!
By the way, you don’t have to be a celebrity to host a Google “Hangout on Air.” This feature is open to anyone with a Google+ account! Since everything is connected through your Google account, you can stream your live hangout on Youtube for the entire world to see! By checking the “Enable Hangouts on Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout— from your Google+ Stream & Youtube Channel, or your website- to the entire world! You have access to monitor the number of viewers you have and can even look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live! Once you are off air, your recorded hangout will automatically uploaded onto your YouTube channel and original Google+ post! This way, it is more convenient to share and discuss your broadcast afterwards! Imagine the potential of this new video conferencing system, which if I haven’t emphasized enough is absolutely free! Take advantage of it!
Another fascinating feature in Google+, like the “Circles” feature that makes the user experience more interactive and personal in the digital world. Through communities, you can come together with people who have the same interests and background as you do and share information freely on that page. “Communities” allow you to share content or information to people who share the same passion as you do that you wouldn’t speak to elsewhere. You are able to incorporate all the neat features of Google+, such as “Google Hangout” and “Photos” of say, food, cooking ingredients, and have a Google Hangout of how to create that specific food, which can be anything from pasta to home made cake! The possibilities are endless!
The most crucial aspect of social networking systems is accessibility. The extra benefit of using Google+ is that you can access all these wonderful features not only on your PC or Mac, but also on your Smartphone! Imagine a high resolution “Google Hangout” right on your phone! Uploading high resolution photos and videos has never been easier. It’s all been integrated into your devices as one Google World.