Sunday, July 3, 2011
An Experience You Only Obtain on Google+, My Video Chat w/ Senior VP of Social at Google
Last night I was "Hanging Out" on Google+, literally, and I saw a very interesting Public Hangout pop up in my Stream. "Vic Gundotra is in a Hangout with 8 people", instantly I click to join the hangout. I then went into to super nerd overload. (Side Note: More than 10 people were later allowed in that hangout to let Vic back in). I've been calling Google+ the next level of social, and it really is in many ways. Let me explain after the break.
The first point I want to make is that it is really important to think about the fact that I never would have this option on any other Social Network. Granted, there is not a whole lot of people on Google+ yet, but even then most other networks would never publicly let their users just hop into a video chat with them. More on that later.
Hangouts are not only is this great for talking with and meeting those who run Google+, but also for making friends with and hearing opinions of other users. Not only are they other Google+ users, but they are citizens of other nations, on other continents! Throughout two chats yesterday, I was talking with a user from New York, San Francisco, Shenzhen China, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, United Kingdom, and a few other places. It was amazing that I was sitting in a global conversation with other people who had similar thoughts as me.
Hangouts allowed me to personally express my thoughts and opinions of Google+ and how I have enjoyed my experience so far in an efficient way. Of course, I could send in a feedback or leave a comment with a lof of exclamation points, but you never get to see my facial expressions that way. It was also a very efficient way of interacting. I first went to say that Google+ got me out of my comfort zone, and I thought that might be a great way of explaining. Turns out that I needed to elaborate, and instead of waiting for a comment back and then having to type out a whole paragraph, I just talked, it was simple and great.
Well that's it, I just wanted to say those few things. Hope everyone in the states has a great Fourth of July Weekend. Funny that I have to write "in the States" since I now know people from allover the world will read this via Google+.
To Be Continued