Google recently launched its new social networking product, Google+, which is going head-to-head with the Facebook platform. What makes Google+ different is that it provides users with a way to connect, engage and share information with people within their network in a more easy-to-manage way. Google+ allows you to seamlessly and safely share information with the people you actually want to share certain information with.
Google+ Offers a Safe Social Media Experience for the LGBT Community
A Look at Google+
I've set up an account on the Google+ platform so that you could see some of what the Google+ platform looks like.
Below is a screenshot from my 'Profile' page.
Similar to the layout we've become familiar with through Facebook's platform, Google+ allows users to share status updates, articles and photos.
What makes Google+ different is how users share the content. Google+ allows you to create 'Circles,' which lets you put your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even fellow bloggers in buckets.
Below is a screenshot showing what I mean. For privacy reasons, I've scrubbed my friend's data but if it were there, you would see their pictures and names.
According to Google+'s 'Privacy and Settings' page:
Circles are groups of people you share content with. The names of your circles and who you add to them are visible only to you, though you can set whether the list of people in all of your circles is visible in your public profile.
To manage your 'Circles,' you simply drag and drop the names into each one that you want them to be placed in.
In addition to making it possible for users to easily share information with the people they want, Google+ has revolutionized mainstream social networking platforms by allowing users to select 'Other' when asked to select a gender during the account set-up process. You're even able to adjust your gender after the account has been created.
AllOut writes in their petition:
As a progressive company that has revolutionized the way we present ourselves to the world, it's time to send a strong message to Facebook, asking that they embrace the right to identify one's gender freely.
Google+ Experiences Strong Growth
Just today, Google's CEO, Larry Page announced that Google+ has hit the 10 million user mark. This kind of social growth for a product that is still in BETA is amazing and hints that social media users may be ready for a different platform.
I've posted previously on the ethics of social media in the LGBT community and the privacy concerns those face when using social platforms like Facebook. With the enhanced changes, it's clear that Google+ is taking the rights steps to ensure that the privacy and identity protections of those in the LGBT community are honored.
What do you think about Google+? With the added security and privacy implementations and the ability to select 'Other' as your gender, will you be opening a Google+ account?