We came across an infographic GigaOm posted the other day with data on the latest Google+ adopters. From male developers and engineers to students, Google+ users have been shifting over time. These different groups no doubt use the tool for different purposes - here is how we've been using Google+.
From sharing links to photos and even holding Hangouts through webcam, there's a lot about Google+ that we've enjoyed so far. However, we've got to admit there are two functions of Google+ that possibly beats out the rest for us, and it combines two of our obsessions: games and food.
Games: To our delight, Google+ rolled out games two weeks ago with basic games like Sudoku and of course, the old time favorite, Angry Birds. There are also some nice selections from PopCap, Wooga, EA and now Zynga. What's also nice is, game activity can be shared only within a "gaming interested" circle of friends so not everyone you're connected to on Google+ sees that you just scored 10,000 points on Bejeweled except your core competitors.
We're excited for more games to become available on Google+ and also when developers can start contributing their own apps as well.
Live Cooking Classes: The Google+ Cooking School takes Google Hangouts to a new level, hour-long cooking classes conducted through Google's video-chat function. Visit their site for a schedule on what classes are to come during the month. Classes have typically been scheduled on Monday's, Wednesday's or Friday's. Perhaps our favorite class so far has been Ricotta Gnocchi with Basil Pesto. You can sign up for classes through a Google+ link when Lee Allison, the host, posts it on his site. Now that's an creative way to use Google Hangouts.
What are your favorite uses for Google+?