Google+ is my favorite platform for collaboration. While it's been touted by Google as a social network on par with Facebook, the feature that makes Google+ shine is Hangouts . And, the best part is that Google keeps increasing the capabilities of Hangouts. Most people are familiar with the feature set of Hangouts: 10 person video/audio, chat, YouTube sharing, screen sharing, and Google Drive/Docs integration. Google is giving away a phenomenal array of functionality.
A couple of weeks ago, Google announced that they were going to offer "larger hangouts " for schools who are using Google Apps for Education. Instead of being able to hangout with 10 people, schools that enable Google+ on their Google Apps for Education, will "be able to invite up to 15 people to a hangout." I'm predicting that this number will continue to increase as Google increases their capacity to connect multiple users. Streaming a 15 person Google+ hangout session via YouTube (Hangouts On Air ) is a magical bit of functionality. I frequently see examples where faculty and staff are using Google+ Hangouts to facilitate class experiences, meetings, and collaborative endeavors. Most of the time, alternative enterprise platforms are available, however, the simplicity of Google+ Hangouts is phenomenally appealing.
One thing that I didn't know about Google+ Hangouts is that you can "schedule a hangout  in a calendar entry." Neat! Obviously Google is working towards total Skynet-like domination of the series of tubes, but I'm okay with their innovation for now.
Have you activated Google+ on your Google Apps for Education installation? Are your users using it instead of your other web-based collaboration tools? Are 15 spots not enough for you, your class, or your meetings? What would you like to see happen with Google+?
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