There once was a group who really liked Google Plus. With the demise of the service, they were unhappy. With this request, I wondered if we might just build a very similar experience in WordPress. I think I ended up getting pretty close.
Hey #clmooc friends, we are trying to recreate our Google+ community from our own blogs. If you would like to have your blog be added to our Planet (an aggregated list of #clmooc feeds) fill this out https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe66suwWtIftzAiL10b5u5k-ywlSGYGG8o440WCFJz4hB2k5A/viewform?…
That is a really good point Greg. I think that it is interesting that the platform is being continued within business/education. I can see G+ continuing to be developed to the point where it can become an organisation’s internal stream.
Even if it is not, Classroom offers many similar capabilities. My concern is that, like with SeeSaw, what can a user actually do with their Classroom archive once they have finished atudying.?
One of the things to note is that it is not the death of Google Plus, but rather death of Google Plus for consumers. It is uncertain what this will look like. Surely they will allow users outside of the domain, but I am not sure how this will all play out.
Reading this update from a few months ago about the ability to add a Google Group to a community:
We’re adding the ability to directly add users and Google Groups as members of Google+ Communities. When a moderator adds a group, group members are automatically added to the community. Subsequent updates to the group membership are automatically reflected in the community membership.
I wonder then if the workflow will involve a process of adding people to a group and subseqeuntly to the community? If this is the case, it maybe possible to use Plus for CLMOOC (and any other project) as long as the community is housed in a particular instance of Google for Work.
Personally, I think that Plus has had its day, but if it works within the context in question then I still reckon there would be options moving forward.