Google+: integration of Google Voice and experts in the future?
September 30th, 2011 - 11:45 am ET by J. G.
New functions are expected for Google+ including the integration of telephone calls and a service which allows you to consult experts similar to that provided by Quora.
The opening of Google+ to the public as a beta has also been used by Google to add new functions to the social network. For example, an improved search field to display posts and people that relate to your requests can now be seen.
Video bubbles continue to evolve which allow the open streaming of videos to anyone, while Extra allows you to try various activities with video bubbles (screen sharing, whiteboard, Google Documents).
Some new features are still restricted to specific users, while other leading Google+ services like Circles can be more openly used for sharing.
It also appears that more is on the way, as looking through the Google+ source code provides clues about what we can expect from Circles – something Matt Mastracci (for grack.com) has already highlighted in terms of future possibilities.
According to him, Google+ should also soon have a kind of Facebook wall function available which will allow you to write or publish content on other user’s profiles without it appearing in the information stream.
Another feature called Google Experts also appears under development with Matt Mastracci claiming this Google+ service will be similar to Quora. This is a question-answer service with different themes that users can participate in.
Studying the Google+ code has also revealed the integration of Google Voice so that you can make telephone calls. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Google Voice started to become available in global markets in the summer through Gmail.
Finally, Matt Mastracci states that four confidentiality levels can be found: public to the Web, easy to find (certain biographical information is made public), friends and family (information is only shared with your circle of friends and family), and locked (stop sharing information and Google +1 is hidden). No matter the option selected, the name and profile photo will always be public and will appear in the search results.
All of this proves that Google has an obsession of countering all of Facebook’s announcements, and vice versa. You have to wonder how long it will be until Google offers something like Music Beta by Google.