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October 27, 2011

Google+ for Google Apps

As promised, Google+ is now available for Google Apps users. Administrators can enable the new service from the control panel, as explained here. Google+ requires that Picasa Web Albums and Google Talk are enabled and that the organization uses the new accounts infrastructure. If the two services are enabled and the option to automatically add new services is selected, Google+ is automatically enabled.



After the enabling the service, you need to wait a few minutes until you can use it. Obviously, users have to manually join Google+ by visiting plus.google.com. "Google Apps users will have access to the same set of features that are available to every Google+ user, and more. In addition to sharing publicly or with your circles, you'll also have the option to share with everyone in your organization, even if you haven't added all of those people to a circle," explains Google.

It's interesting that Google+ is available for higher education institutions, but not for other education institutions because users must be at least 18 years old to use Google+.

You probably noticed that Google+ evolves incredibly fast, faster than any other Google service. The support for Google Apps is not the only new feature: there's Hot on Google+ (a section that highlights popular posts), Ripples (a visualization tool for public shares and comments) and a Creative Kit for photo editing powered by Picnik.

22 comments:

  1. The thing is that just because you are a school doesn't mean the students are using Google Apps.

    I work for a high school, and we are blocked from Google+. Despite the fact that we only use Google Apps for the staff.

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  2. Just blame it on Google's and our lawmaker's bigotry: adults under the age of 18 should not be bared from using such services.

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  3. @Anonymous Agree with you... even facebook does not barred its 18 under user to use fb, it just make an extra precaution , that's all...

    maybe it sis a temporary act from google..

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  4. Happy that Google Apps users are able to use the service now,
    BUT: the Google+ iOS App isn't working for me..
    After loggin in I received een 'Opt-in' message with 'You need an invite??
    Can someone check this? (I have 2-step verification, maybe that's the reason?)

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  5. No option to turn it on for me in the GApps CPanel. We're using the new account infrastructure and GTalk and Picasa are enabled for all users. We use GApps for Business. Is it again limited to US only?

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  6. I'm also happy that it's now enabled for Google Apps users but the Android Google+ application doesn't work.

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  7. Schools also need Google+, with the possibility to block contacts outside the organization. It is necessary to protect kids from the lack of security of Facebook, and the best way is by giving them a controlled environment like a Google+ for schools.

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  8. Yeah. I also use a Apps for my personal domain. But yeah. No luck with the android app.

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  9. the ability to edit your photo directly in Google + is a great advancement... that's more like it. :-) maybe a more robust feature like Photoshop? that would be awesome

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  10. Is it again limited to US only?

    Working in Ireland so not only limited to US, I think Google said it might be a few days for some GApps users

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  11. Presume only a (short) matter of time before Android App gets an update for G+ to work?

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  12. Is the next step, open for 13+s? I'd welcome if so...

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  13. Google+ Unveils New Features: 'Ripples', 'What's Hot', 'Creative Kit' and Availability for Apps Users - http://www.tech.nolicio.us/2011/10/google-plus-apps-ripples-whats-hot.html

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  14. Similar issue with the Android Google+ app. It fails when trying to connect to the server.

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  15. Now it's just the core left; the youths.

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  16. Google+ for cell phone creates giving the right items with the right individuals a lot easier.

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  17. we are just waiting for google plus to get any better and beat the facebook

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  18. Still, the android application for G+ (when using google apps) is not working. Can we expect some official answer from google about this?

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