Google+: A Primer for the HIV/AIDS Community
August 9, 2011
Google+ was released to a limited audience (in beta) on June 28, 2011 and has received a lot of attention since then. Within the first month, over 10 million people signed up to try it out. You may have seen the which is similar to the "like" on Facebook, but what's it really about?
We've spent a few weeks playing around with Google+ and wanted to share some of the details about what it is, what makes it different from other social networking sites, and some potential applications for the HIV/AIDS community.
Google+ is literally changing everyday (check out "What's new in Google+"), as Google responds to user feedback and makes updates. A community-driven document listing features, tips, and tricks is also updated regularly.
There are four main elements to Google+: Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, and the Stream. Here is a bit more on each:
Of course, any social network is only as good as the people that use it. For now, Google+ is officially only open to individuals, although businesses and organizations eager to join have already started testing it out (The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, for example, has a profile). Google is currently working on a Google+ experience for businesses and organizations (learn more about their plans in this video).
Are you on Google+? If not, we recommend you jump in to learn! We'd love to hear how you're using it personally and your ideas about how it can be used in the HIV/AIDS community. Professional hangouts? Sparks specifically about HIV? Circles for your clients and constituents?
This article was provided by HIV.gov.
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