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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.