Yesterday Google went out with another big news, that they’ve created spaces. My first thought, along with pretty much everybody else on G+ was something like: “eh… What?!”. Now, don’t get me wrong. The idea of it all is awesome. The timing? Not so much. If you don’t know what Spaces is, I’ll explain it to you now.
According to their help website, Spaces is a service for “small group sharing for everything in life”. That means that you can create a space instantly for comic books, trips or a study group. It’s also really easy to invite people to a Space. All you need is a link to the space (which is created when you make a Space) and a Gmail account for Google. It does not currently work with Google apps accounts. So you can basically just send the link to a friend on Facebook, twitter, or any other clickable place for links and that’s it. You’re in! If you’d like to try out my testing Space, click here. It’s nothing special, just to try out the features and such.
The whole idea is to “share all the things” without leaving the app. Leave comments, photos, links, search Google and find YouTube videos. Then talk about everything! The conversations stay on topic this way, and you’ll get notifications so you won’t miss a thing. If you create many Spaces you can search your Spaces so you’ll find everything you need. It works by using keywords and Google says it’s magic. I don’t know if I believe them.
Ok, so here’s to the why question. Like I mentioned before – I love the idea itself. However, lately, as a major G+ user I might add, that social platform has started to become somewhat boring. I’ve discovered that G+ is no longer a place for personal stuff. Nobody cares! And even if I post topics that interest me, people are like “meh.” and they move on. I should be glad to get 2 +1’s these days. I guess it’s like that for many people. Many do complain about this phenomenon. A lot of people I follow from Sweden has left the platform, moved on to only focus on other social media, or they’ve left the Internet completely. No matter what excuse – it has made G+ something less that what it was before. It’s even more sad now since it got a major upgrade a while ago, and updates are finally back to often instead of “how ’bout never”.
Spaces seems like partially another messaging app, but also like a mini-social media platform as well. The plusses are that this kind of gig is something people want, so that might mean that people will actually use it and love it, since it’s easy to do all the things I explained before. If I used Spaces I have no idea on what kind of Spaces I’d create, since the only things in my mind are Great Danes or my own YouTube failures/successes. I guess both are perhaps not that interesting? It would probably be perfect for just what it is. Small group sharing for everything in life…
Now, will you try this thing out? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.