So Google+ opened to the public today and added a bunch of new features many of which have to do with Hangouts. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was intrigued from the get go, about the ability to interact with a group of people in real time; face to face to face.
The entire Google+ Project gang have done an outstanding job of adding all kinds of functionality to the medium. Hangouts with Extras have some very useful bits.. you can split the screen and add docs, you can write notes and have others in the hangout add to the notes.
You can use the sketchpad and have others use it too.. at the same time.. the applications of this one piece are mind-boggling!
Teaching, board meetings, Medical meetings [where the Dr can draw out the info for you] for those of us who are more visual, this will be an amazing tool.
just prior to jumping out of a hangout earlier today I took a screenshot of the collaborative artwork we created..Thanks +Chad Giardina Just noodling around to see what was possible we quickly realized we could both draw and add to the sketchpad at the same time. That’s one of my dogs (Cosette) and Chad added the Ruff Ruff bubble..
Takes me back a few years too.. had s the WordArt which was a staple of the old Microsoft Publisher..
I think this will be a very effective tool for teaching long distance, for family that is far removed from each other and for strategy sessions: The list of business applications is endless.. use your imagination..
Love the whole concept but hey I already said that.. tons.. Hats off to all the Google+ Project people and the hangout folks too
I love the Twitter platform.
Why 140 characters?
Excerpt from How Twitter Was Born Dom Sagolla @dom
‘The service was only a few months old when the group acquired Twitter.com and re-branded. Back then, we had no character limit on our system. Messages longer than 160 characters (the common SMS carrier limit) were split into multiple texts and delivered (somewhat) sequentially. There were other bugs, and a mounting SMS bill. The team decided to place a limit on the number of characters that would go out via SMS for each post. They settled on 140, in order to leave room for the username and the colon in front of the message. In February of 2007 @Jack wrote something which inspired me to get started on this project: “One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters.” ‘
People are so fascinating and you get a glimpse into their random thoughts, which can be funny, heart wrenching and some times just plain baffling! Always interesting and a great jump-off point for a conversation, or an idea which may work well for your business. This platform alone has totally changed the way business interacts with the consumer. People to People transcends the old corporate style of directors and CEO’s being so far removed from the everyday
Elaine Lindsay is hands down THE Google+ Expert. Her passion and relentless promotion of Google+ is contagious. Elaine gets right to the features and benefits of the social network always leaving you with an invaluable nugget that makes you want more. Elaine is the Google+ guru I turn to, always.