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So when Google launches a new messaging service Google Spaces including Google Search, Youtube, Chrome & more, we thought its something to inform you about!
Google Spaces is an innovative social service that gives you unprecedented control over your conversations, but only if you know how to use it.
The launch of Google Spaces was met with confusion and criticism, after all, why launch a social service when Google already has Google+, Hangouts and social features inside many of its other services, such as YouTube (not to mention the new social products unveiled last week at Google I/O)? Do we really need another social product?
Many users feel the UX is a little complicated when it comes to finding a specific thread of information and I also agree. However nothing is perfect and Spaces is the best service by far combining these types of conversations.
Spaces is not like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google+, Pinterest or any of the rest. You do not have to dedicate your life to it as another social channel. You can use Spaces as often or as little as you want to and there is no benefit or penalty to using it more or less than that.
Getting started with Spaces
A nice feature of Spaces is that there is no sign-up process. You can start using it simply with your existing Google credentials.
(Note that the service is called Spaces — with an uppercase S and plural. When you create a discussion area, the area is called a space — with a lowercase s and singular).
Each ‘Space’ you create can be a topic for anything. Ideas list, Notes on a project, Planning a Holiday… and you can use three post types; Links which include Youtube, Videos & Gifs, Photos and Text. Each Space is like an individual private group, where they can comment on the Videos, Photos and Updates to post.
On the desktop version Spaces appears like a chat app on the left and an activity feed on the right. On mobile the activity feed updates automatically.
Importantly Spaces is NOT a social network. No one can follow you as a person or you follow them, you simply invite people outside of Spaces to your space dependent on what the space is created for. There is no post and hope people see it for some ego-driven like results. So there is no viral content and no celebrities, trolling, spamming, advertising or other pointless crap like the annoying features of other major social media sites.
Start by creating a space then hit the invite button at the top to get going.
A nice idea for Twitter conversations…
Twitter is no doubt a great way to connect, but having only 140 characters can be a pain when trying to have a conversation. Using Spaces as a thread for that conversation is a great way to use a better UX around twitter.