Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The 411 on Google+

By Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. Candidate

Google+ is a social networking site developed by, of course, Google. It works by allowing users to set up Circles or different social groups where people can target specific groups to share news and various other content. For example, instead of sharing links, pictures, and videos to everyone like Facebook, the circles allows users to share certain videos with family, others with classmates, as well as a different forum for co-workers.

Google+ also allows user to control and edit multimedia. With the the photo tab, users can take all of the photos they've shared, as well as the ones they're tagged in and edit them with the image editor, which comes with an Instagram-like photo effects), privacy settings and sharing features.

The Hotness of Google+ is the Hangouts. It's a group chat feature, which allows the user to set up a video chatroom. Once in the chatroom, a notice goes out to everyone in that user's circles letting them know that that individual is “hanging out.” To gain entrance into the video chatroom, a user must be a part of the circle the notice originated from.

I am on Google+ but must admit that I haven't gotten into it as much as Twitter. What I do like about it is the ability to aggregate content to specific groups. I also love the Hangouts. Video is always my preferred method to connect online.

Check out this video by ROCKETBOOM on Google+

Will Deyamport, III, is an Ed.D. Candidate, an education thought-leader and online content creator. His blog, PEOPLEGOGY, focuses on life and career developments. In addition to his 11 years of experience in education, he has interned with the likes of Ingrid Stabb and J. T. O’Donnell. Currently, Will is working on his dissertation, which focuses on using social media to individualize professional development for teachers.

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