This will all be a boon to students for getting work done or discussing tutorial topics and so on in the near future because they'll be able to add their entire class in a Circle then Hangout together to discuss stuff without having to pay for coffee!!! Being an external student is set to be a lot less isolating!
Oh and virtual writing groups! No more will a writer need to be close to other writers to have a writer's group and reading out and get feedback on their writing!!! The possibilities!
Google+ also doesn't have a button for not liking stuff.
On Facebook you can "like" people's status updates and shared items (photos, videos and other links). On Google+ you "+1" things you like.
Facebook doesn't have a "dislike" button despite millions of users requesting one, and Google+ has not offered a "-1" button either.
At first glance you might think, "Well, "dislike"ing or "-1"ing might be used to bully people"... Yes, in the wrong hand any tool might be used to bully people.
The thing is, often, status updates, videos and so on are about people sharing the shitty parts of life as well, and to "like" something like that doesn't work. This got me thinking...
What if not having a "dislike" button or a "-1" is actually about the old adage "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all". We all heard it as children, and for the most part it was meant to teach us to be uplifting, positive and friendly, HOWEVER, it also teaches us not to speak up when we're unhappy about something...
Is social media conditioning people to ignore that which makes them feel bad? Are we being conditioned to be silent about inequity, atrocities, and discrimination? If we can't "dislike" or "-1" things that offend us or upset us, are we being conditioned not to consider those things anymore because we're meant to be positive and fun all the time?
I think it is important we remain conscious of our right to dissent. The world is definitely not all icecream and lollipops and while it is nice to escape to a place where everyone is your "friend" (and if they're not you can just "unfriend" them with the click of a button), social media is a great place to share ideas and to do so properly we have be able to not only agree with those ideas but also disagree with them.