Can Google+ Replace Your Company’s Intranet?


A reader asks: With all of the buzz surrounding Google +, I’ve been contemplating using it to replace my company’s intranet. I realize there are likely some risks that go with the savings this will create, but are there any legal implications?

Answer: Google+ introduces a paradigm shift from a walled garden to an open web in the social media space. With it, Google users now have easy access to telephone, video conferencing, document creation, social networking, instant messaging, maps and search engine capabilities from any computer – whereas normally this collection of activities would require one to interface with multiple equipments and applications.

Coupled with Google’s Android strength, the company is really in a position that no company has been in since Microsoft in the 1990s in terms of owning operating systems for all computers – which today includes smartphones. This means that instead of simply being a new cool social networking application, Google+ is changing the way we do business – period.

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