Google+ gets integrated with Google Apps, allowing users to share in Circles with colleagues and coworkers. Users may also access Google Ripples visualization tools, and the What's Hot trend tool and creepy photo editing.
(NASDAQ:GOOG) rolled out several upgrades to Google+, including the
long-awaited integration of Google Apps with the fledgling social network.
administrators can now manually turn on Google+ for their corporate employees,
after which workers can sign up at google.com/+. The social network will become
automatically available in the next several days to those who use Google Apps
for Business or the free version of Google Apps and who have set up their domain
to automatically enable new services.
Google+ requires Picasa Web Albums for photo sharing and Google Talk for chat,
so if these services have not been enabled, then Google+ will not automatically
become available. Domain admins can automatically enable new services in the
Domain settings tab of the admin control panel.
Google+ users, Google Apps users will be able to share publicly or privately
with their circles. However, they'll also be able to share with every worker in
their company or member in their organization even if some of those colleagues
haven't been added to a Circle.
What is the
value proposition of blending Google Apps with Google+? It's a fair question,
and one that Google laid the groundwork for in September when it launched
Google+ Hangouts with extras, which melds Hangouts with extras. One of the
extras mashes up multi-person video chat with screen sharing and collaboration
in Google Docs, the Web-based document applications suite in Google Apps.
will enable Google Apps to compete with other social-collaboration services
from Salesforce.com, Jive Software, Socialtext, MindTouch and Yammer. Those
companies all offer Web-based software platforms that let workers create and
edit documents, post status updates and share content in a private domain.
Google is also
making it possible for existing Google+ users who own a personal Google Account
to use their Google Apps account via a migration tool. The idea is that those
users needn't rebuild their Circles, which can be tedious and cumbersome.
Moreover, people who've already added those users to their circles will
automatically be connected to their new profile.
of Google+ and Google Apps makes good on the promise Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra made at the Web
2.0 Summit Oct. 19
, when he indicated Google+ and Google Apps would
be wed very soon. The company didn't stop there, adding a few more fun features
In the spirit
of Oct. 31, also known in the Western Hemisphere as Halloween, the Google+
Creative Kit lets users edit their profile and other Google+ photos. These
include Halloween effects. Users can open a photo, select edit and pick
Halloween effects to put fangs, fake hair, demon eyes and other creepy
accoutrements on their pictures.
end of October, users can make their photos a bit more frightening and share
them publicly on Google+ using the hashtag #gplushalloween
will assemble a celebrity panel that will announce their favorites on Thursday,
added Google+ Ripples, which lets users replay publicly shared comments and
status updates. Users must select the View Ripples option in the dropdown menu
to the right of each post to replay the conversation of update stream.
At the point,
users will see the activity in a graphical interface, and can zoom in and out
on posts. See what Ripples look like here
Google has aped Twitter trends by adding a "What's Hot" option in
Google+ Streams and in the left-hand rail. Google explains "What's Hot" and in this YouTube