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SMCADL Monthly Chat #1.1: GooglePlus

What a fantastic meetup this morning at Briccone in Rundle Mall! It's a personal best with 15 members attending and apologies from a further 20 or so. Thanks for stopping by Lee Hopkins, Sarah Thomas, Ric Hayman, Michael Roelink, Steve Thomas, Ben Teoh, Matt Tati, Emma Sharley, Aleisha Cadman, Mal Chia, Jenny Clift, Richard Pascoe, Dan Monceaux and Steve Davis to talk about Google Plus (G+) and group buying sites. For those who couldn't make it this morning, I've written up the highlights below...

Google Plus

It's been a few weeks since Google launched their social platform G+, and a number of SMCADL members have, and continue to, explore the platform. Those who were familiar with G+ shared their experiences and explained some of the features, which include:

  • Circles - A means to classify your email contacts (e.g. friends, colleagues, SMCADL). You are able to classify one person in multiple circles (e.g. friends AND colleagues). You are then able to share content with specific circles privately or publicly. Circles are more like Twitter lists as opposed to Facebook Groups, as you do not need to seek permission to add others to your circles.
  • Privacy - You seem to have greater control over your privacy settings. When you add others to your circles, they others are notified that you have added them, but are not told the name of the specific circle they are in. You also are in control of whether you share content in the public domain, privately with specific circles or privately with other individuals on a post-by-post basis.
  • Content Ownership - At this stage, it appears that G+ only requests licence to share and distribute the content you post, so as to enable you to use the platform. Ownership (for now, at least) appears to reside with the user who posts it. Renowned image distributor Getty Images has approved the G+ Terms and Conditions, according to Read Write Web.

Despite the intuitive nature of G+ and its clean interface, it's clear that Google Apps users who attended this morning are disappointed that they have missed out on the Field Trial. At this stage, most SMCADL members who are engaging on G+ are using it like a new playground: trying everything once. Until Google Apps are integrated to G+, is it really worth investing the kind of time we have all dedicated to our Facebook and/or Twitter profiles already? Only time will tell...

I'll be adding the highlights of the group buying sites conversation shortly... Happy Friday!

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