Messaging & Online Collaboration: Google+ Integration: Top 10 Web Apps We Want to Add to the Social Network
Google+ is causing quite a stir among the digerati and social-network elite, offering users a legitimate alternative to Facebook and drawing reviews from even the likes of The New York Times gadget head David Pogue. (He likes it). The social network includes Circles (think Facebook Groups), which let users manually place friends, family, colleagues or just people they want to follow in separate social buckets. There are Sparks, little news feeds (think Facebook News Feed) and Hangouts for group video chats with up to 10 users at once (think project-management meetings). The mobile Google+ application is solid, offering a Huddle group-messaging capability. Now that the product is out there and users, from social media guru Robert Scoble to actress Alyssa Milano, are populating it like crazy, greedy users want to know where Google is going to take Google+ next. Business profile pages, which will rival Facebook Pages as a social trumpet for target audiences, will have to wait, as Google wants to get the structure and feature set right. However, Google+ users have plenty of other places they want to begin using the service. And why not? Facebook users can connect with the leading social destination from thousands of Websites, and play games and pay for goods with virtual currencies. Why shouldn't Google+ yearn to be more robust? In this slide show, eWEEK runs through the Top 10 products it would like to see integrated with Google+.
Already in production. Connecting the 200 million or so Gmail users with Google+ is a logical product integration. Users have said they want to be able to post content to Google+ from Gmail as well as read comments that others leave on those posts from Gmail. Users also want to receive notifications of Gmail messages on their Google+ bar. There are a myriad of possibilities here.