One of the nice things about working at the Sunlight Foundation -- apart from the important, engaging mission and working with fabulously talented people -- is early access to technology, especially digital and Internet technologies.
Enter Google+, the Internet giant's newest (and third) entry to mass social organizing. Much buzz (if you'll excuse the reference), plus more than a little hope of escaping Facebook. I don't like Facebook's management, user experience or (above all) anti-privacy culture. Many of us put up with it, not because it's good, but because it's big. Like Walmart, you have Facebook or loose access to many of the people you know. I put up with Facebook because I want to plant and develop churches and need it as a resource.
But should Google -- which is huge and not without concerns -- take over its business and push it aside. Well, I'd like that. Plus, after a brief review,
- You canÂ segregateÂ your outbound messages (wall posts) by self-selected constituencies.
- You can use video chat within it. That alone moves its use for churches from promotion to more active group building.
And, from I understand, the default settings are for greater privacy.
The demand was unexpectedly large, so there have been delays in getting out invitations. Indeed, right now there aren't any going out. As quickly as I can, I'll be sending out invitations to my friends.Â SpreadÂ the love.