Yes I have been one of the chosen few to be given an invite to try out Google+ or Google Plus. Please note you it is still in trial stages so you may not be able to it yet, but you can take the tour.
I won’t bore you with techno babble, the future of Facebook, the demise of Twitter or any other such nerdy nonsense.
But what I did find is an application that is ideal for those of us in construction.
Two of the core areas of Google plus are “circles” and “hangout”. Yes I know they sound very hipster and twee but what they allow you to do is to have a circle of colleagues, site managers, subcontractors, consultants, the PCG, which you determine and set up. Also, you can have up to 11 people on video link at the same time, high quality and completely free. The software determines who is talking and the main view then goes to that person.
The really interesting question will be for the Luddites who manage head offices and are scared the cadets maybe spending too much time twittering etc. You know the type of people who will waste their own time checking up on people who get paid less than a quarter of the manager’s pay.
Google+ will in time, be on everyone’s desktop and the social network and business network will become seamless. Just as our mobiles and emails keep coming outside office hours, weekends and holidays, the working day is not stretched it is all-consuming.
I bet most architects and designers will be up and running Google+ by the end of this month, but some builders might get their by 2020.
- Zuckerberg is on Google+. Surprised? (blogherald.com)
- Google+ new hotness,just hype, or a sea change in sharing? (trishussey.com)
- Google Calls Out Luddite Tendencies in FTC’s Newspaper Protection (fastcompany.com)