Slightly buried underneath the flurry of spectacles that were showcased at the first day of the Google I/O conference was the revamped Google+. The company’s premier social network has received two major updates: Google+ Events and Google+ for tablets.
Out of the 250 million users of Google+, Google said that the majority of the 150 million active users access it from a mobile device. With the introduction of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it’s only fitting that Google+ has gained a native tablet app. Now we want to share more about Google’s take on online event planning.
Now this is something that we’d love to get on board with. Gone will be the days of blasting out a rather impersonal e-mail or text invitations to your buddies to celebrate your birthday, as the new Google+ feature will handle all of that and more. Google+ Events essentially takes care the before, during, and after part of any occasion that you’d like to share with your friends and family.
You can create a personalized invitation with one of the many available themes. If you’re the creative type, you can also attach a video you’ve uploaded on YouTube. The invitation will appear in Google Calendar, and any update that you and the guests make will appear on the stream, making it easy to keep track on what’s happening and who’s coming or not.
When the time comes to celebrate, activating the Party Mode on your device will let you share photos and videos taken at the event instantly. It sure beats trying to upload the pictures and tag the guests manually. If things get too out of control, you can easily turn off Party Mode to prevent any embarrassing photos from making it to the public stream.
Once the party’s over, you’ll have an online memorabilia of the event complete with pictures and comments from the guests in chronological order. Reliving the moment from event is just a matter of visiting the page.
So, do you dig the improved looks of the Google+ and the added tablet support? Will you be using Google+ Events for your next social outing? We’re positive that the new feature will be a hit, but how about you?