3 Things You Need to Know About Google+

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Google+, the social networking platform, has everyone talking. And asking friends for the much coveted invitation. For those still seeking an invitation, check out today’s CNET post; Google+ invitations are no longer scarce.

Which means if you received an invitation, you want to be aware of three things about Google+ before you sign up:

  1. A Google Profile is required for Google+

    You need a Google Profile for the email address you want to use on Google+.

    Don’t have one? Create a Google Profile, it’s free. Beware, this could be an issue (see item #2).

  2. Google Apps Doesn’t Support Google Profiles

    As of July 11, 2011, Google Apps doesn’t include Google Profiles as one of its applications. Which means you can’t use Google+ with your Google Apps email address.

    For me, this is a major failure by Google. All my networking, business, and connections are done through my Google Apps account. For now, I’ve been connecting with people on a different Google account, but it looks like I will have to re-connect with my contacts again when/if Google+ is available to Google Apps customers.

  3. Google+ Terms of Service
    If you’re a photographer, or concerned about copyright and privacy of your content, you want to carefully read the terms of service

    Well-known photographer Scott Bourne shared his thoughts in Google Plus – Read the Fine Print BEFORE You Sign Up. His comments on Google’s current terms of service:

    If I do share images on Google services – under the current terms of service–I will risk genuine harm to my ability to earn income from those images. As a professional, I don’t see the reward of using the Google services as being worth more than the risk.

Are you on Google+? What are your thoughts about Google Apps not supporting Google+? Do the terms of service concern you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah is a web developer and user experience professional focused on usability and accessibility. She's active in local groups as a leader for Detroit User Experience, Refresh Detroit, and Metro Detroit WordPress. In her free time, you'll find her birdwatching, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.


  1. Deborah Edwards-Onoro says:

    For further discussion on Google’s terms of service, from an attorney, check out this post by Denise Howell, who hosts this WEEK in LAW and write columns for The American Lawyer: http://www.bagandbaggage.com/blog/2011/7/10/google-user-licenses-clarification-would-be-nice-but-theyre.html

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