Google Has a New Social Experiment

Google Shared Spaces Officially Announced

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Update 2: Google has now officially announced Shared Spaces, saying: 

A bunch of us who had been working on the Wave APIs were brainstorming about what it would take to just run a Wave gadget. Developers had been doing wonderful stuff –building real-time mini applications–and rather than let that effort go to waste, we wanted to create a new way for people to continue to use these tools and games. Google Shared Spaces is exactly that. A shared space turns a (Wave) gadget into a standalone collaborative application. Just click on the gadget you’re interested in to start a new shared space, and then simply send the URL around to share it with your friends and colleagues. You don’t need to sign up for a new service – if you have a Google, Twitter or Yahoo account, you’re good to go.

Each shared space comes with a chat area (which is just another Wave gadget) for extra interaction. So take Shared Spaces for a spin: Use the Waffle gadget to pick the date for a night out with your friends, annotate a shared map with your favorite places and vote on where to go usingany of the polling gadgets. Or if you’d rather stay in, hit the games section and challenge somebody for a good old game of chess. To learn more, check out the quick presentation on our about page.

Update: The site is now up and running. If you go there, you will see a list of gadgets, and you can sign in using your Google account, Twitter, or Yahoo account. Each one has a chat feature. 

Original Article: A new experiment has appeared in Google Labs. It’s called Google Shared Spaces

It’s hard to provide too much info about it at this point, because when you try to access it (after signing in with your Google account, which it requests) it only gives you a 404. Several people commenting on the site indicate that they are experiencing the same problem. 

Shared Spaces appears to take advantage of some of the technology behind Google Wave. Here’s the description Google provides:

Google Shared Spaces allows you to easily create a space with a collaborative gadget and a chat box in it. The gadgets are based on the Wave gadgets technology, so there are already more than 50 gadgets across different categories, like games, productivity, and event planning. Anybody can create a new space by going to the gallery and clicking on one of the featured gadgets. Spaces can easily be shared by just pasting the URL into a chat window, an email or a content sharing platform like Google Buzz or Twitter. And if you know a little Javascript, it is easy to get started building your own real-time, collaborative gadgets and create new spaces based on those.

Google Shared Spaces

At this point in time, that’s about all we have to go on, but more information will no doubt be revealed soon enough.

It sounds pretty social, so it could end up being tied to Google’s larger social media strategy, which may include a toolbar that appears across various Google services. 

Either way, it’s in Google Labs, so it may or may not ever become a full fledged service. Some of these go on to become popular Google products though.


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  • http://www.laokay.com Adsense Publisher

    This sounds like the roll out of the Wave functionality that Google was talking about when they announced they were closing Wave. I still think they should replace their help forums with Wave and save Wave.

  • http://www.autoreverseweb.com souleye cisse

    thanks chris for the heads up (the page is up and operational from what I saw). I’m following google very closely. if I were facebook, I would be, like microsoft, losing sleep. when I first checked google labs under my gmail, I was amazed. google is a very proactive company. they seem to have a vision and are executing. they make mistakes but I guess they score more successes than failures. they’ve also taken a page out of apple’s playbook. generate enough buzz around what you’re doing to get people hitched. I think 2011 is going to be a very exciting year!

    • Chris Crum

      Yes the site is up now. I’m not sure it’s anything that Facebook is losing too much sleep over by itself.

  • http://www.internetsearchoptimizer.in/ Srinivas Kumar

    I am looking forward to this interesting service, every google product is worth trying

  • Guest

    “Google Shared Spaces”. Google can’t be more pathetic because they can’t. What type of name is that? It just doesn’t stick, boring, long. Buzz was better. So many billions and they can’t hire a decent brand name chooser? And they require a Google account? LOL. They just don’t get it. All they have is dollar bill signs in their heads.

    That google account requirement and linking of them requests on every google service like youtube, WMT, etc. are damn annoying. They will never be good at social. In order to be good they have to buy Myspace or Facebook. They are not good at anything other than search and that’s lacking lately. I think Google will be a thing of the past within the next 5 years. They just don’t get it. They are “too commercial” in the minds of people. Even though Facebook is too, in the mind of most people Facebook is ran by a kid, just like ours, from some college dorm. Google was so great when they were only search, relevant and displayed adwords to the right! They have lost the eyes off the ball.

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  • http://www.em3marketing.com Janyer Dominguez


    After reading this article I decided to give this new product a try and I am completely disappointed at the hole thing. A company with so many brilliant minds and on there social efforts they have not had any success. I am begging to believe that they are just playing games to tees people and create an anticipation for what is yet to come in the near future.

    I think they have not been successful at perfecting other companies products like for
    example Wave to me was a spin off of the Facebook wall and Buzz a spin off of Twitter.

    I would love to know what thoughts and /or angels you guys have on this topic.
    “Is Google Playing Games with us?”

    • http://www.patantcvonsult.com/ Carla

      It is difficult to see how shared spaces can displace Facebook given that it requires too much work on the part of the user to sustain it. The openess of Facebook and Twitter is the foundation of their sucess. Unless Google can offer real value while promoting community I do not forsee shared spaces being a success. Give me something that is better than Facebook and I am sold until them stay out of the Social Market.

  • http://www.mycall.mobi Guest

    I tried this (similar) two years ago with “mfnb” (my free notice board)
    but couldn’t get enough people interested. Found it very uphill. Now,
    my new (uk) site (which is all free) is www.mycall.mobi (great site) for
    Free local business search, and free local business advertising.
    (Will they copy me on this one I wonder!)

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