Google Space is a discontinued application for group discussions and messaging developed by Google. The app was intended to compete with Slack as a content sharing platform where users can create a “space”, invite their friends for discussion, and share videos, images, text, and other media. Google space services such as the Google Chrome, Google Search Engine, and video sharing platform YouTube were built into the app to allow users to source content from them. Launched on May 16, 2016, google space was available to download on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS operating systems.
Google Space is an innovative social service that can give you unprecedented control over your conversations, but only if you know how to use it. Google space invaders was announced last week a slew of new products, services and initiatives, including Allo, Android N, Assistant, Daydream, Duo, Home and Instant Apps. Nearly all of them are “catch-up” products — Google’s versions of products that other companies have already shipped. And all of them are coming out later in the year.
Features of Google Space
Users initiated conversations by creating a ‘space’ and then inviting friends to join. Once inside a ‘space’, there was a box at the bottom of the screen where one could tap buttons to post links and images and other content to the chat room. A conversational view let users see what the group was talking about. Google products like Google Chrome, Google Search, and YouTube were in built into this app to allow the users to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app. Google space required a Gmail account to sign up.
The following were the types of posts that a user could share in his/her “space”:
- Links – URLs of media which are automatically embedded
- Videos – YouTube videos are integrated for mobile users; however, desktop users can directly search in the YouTube database as well as see their recently watched videos
- Photos – You can upload multiple-images from your PC, users can directly post through their camera roll or through Google Photos
- Text – Plain text, without formatting support
To create a space, you simply click on the “Create a space” plus sign.
One is the space view, which looks like a chat app. In the desktop version, Google Gravity appears on the left side of your screen. Posts and comments appear in round-corner bubbles. The other view is your Activity stream, which is like your own private Twitter. In the latest version, Google Space appears on the right side of your screen. The Activity stream auto-refreshes without any action on your part. In the desktop version, you have to click the refresh button, which is a round arrow above the stream.
Google Space is not a social network. Nobody can follow you as a person, and you can’t follow the others. You have to invite people from outside Spaces. This absence of social following highlights one of the benefits of google Space: You don’t “post” something and hope the members of a social network find it or mark it as “liked.” You’re not in some ego-driven competition for followers. Google Space is not about creating viral content, because there’s no place for your content to go.
There are no celebrities, trolling, shaming, uninvited participants or any of the other annoying features of major social sites, including and especially Twitter.
If you want to invite the people to chat, click on the INVITE link at the top of both the desktop and mobile versions. The options you’ll get are “Copy link,” “Email” and “Facebook.” (That’s right! Facebook is a sharing option but Google+ is not!)