1How Google Spaces Makes Collaboration the Focus of Social Media
2Yes, It’s Another Social Collaboration App
Google’s depiction of Spaces as a “group sharing” application is just another way of saying it’s a collaboration app. The platform allows users to share a variety of Internet content, personal video clips and much more. Along the way, users can comment on them and keep a running dialogue to stay in contact. It’s no Slack, by any means, but it could eventually inch toward that level of collaboration and sophistication.
3This Could Be an Enterprise Tool
Google has pitched Spaces as a consumer product first, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used in the enterprise. Spaces could be used by small teams that need to collaborate on a project and want to bring in different resources from the Web, from a user’s social network or from various corporate departments to get work done. Google’s platform is agile enough to handle all kinds of uses, including the typical team collaboration done every day in enterprises.
4It’s All About Sharing Content
5Google’s Services Are Built In
6Google Will Refine the Design Based on User Experience
It’s important to remember that Spaces is currently a first-run product. That means that as time goes on, Google will be adding new features. It also means that there could be some quirks that will annoy users at the onset. Google will no doubt refine the design of Spaces based on users’ reports. It should really be considered a beta product at this stage.
7The Search Feature Will Be Useful
One of the most important features built into Google Spaces might be its search tool. The feature will be capable of going back in time to look for relevant content around a specific topic. So, if users were discussing a film, a book or any conceivable product, Google will surface that conversation and any other relevant content. It’s a handy way to find relevant content and research to keep a project going or to support a project.
8Google Makes It Easy to Invite Others
9Here’s Hoping for More App Integration
For now, Google Spaces is a decidedly Google-focused product, but it’s possible that if it’s successful, other companies will want to integrate their platforms into the service. Hopefully Google will open its API at its Google I/O Conference this week and make it easy for developers to bring some of their creations to Spaces to expand its features.
10Right Now It’s a Basic Service
It’s important to note that Google Spaces is—at least for now—a basic application compared with some of the other group sharing services available. Spaces lets users find content through Google, share it and talk about it. But it doesn’t come with the aforementioned third-party apps or high-powered features like bots. It’s also not an intelligent platform that can present Internet-based content based on a current topic. Hopefully those features will come in future versions.
11Here’s Where You Can Find Spaces
To its credit, Google didn’t limit Spaces to Android or Chrome. Instead, the service is available as a free download to iOS and Android. Google also offers a desktop Spaces app and allows users to access the platform from the browser. The service is, however, only available to Gmail account holders, so those who don’t have an account will be out of luck.