Google Plus for Apps Users: What’s the Big Deal?
Ever since Google+ was rolled out in June people have been whining and crying that the service wasn’t available to those using Google Apps. You had to have an individual account with Google in order to have a Google+ profile.
Well now that Google Plus is available for Google Apps users there is new cry like this one from The Next Web
If you’re a user of Google+ with a corporate or education Google Apps account, your administrator can access and modify your Google+ account and its postings. This information is pointed out in a Google help center topic related to the new feature:
Because you’re signing up for Google+ with your corporate email address, your Google Apps administrator retains the right to access your Google+ data and modify or delete it at any time.
OK, let’s slow down just a second. If you, as an individual have been held back from using Google+ because your corporate Google Apps account wasn’t allowed to work you are one of two types.
1. A small business whose identity is wrapped up completely in the Google Apps process
2. An employee of a company that uses Google Apps
Either way, why would you want to tie your online social presence to something that might be gone at some point? What if your business fails or the identity of your business is changed (you are bought) and your Google Apps needs change? Why not have a personal account that follows you (the individual not the business presence) wherever you go and regardless where or how you work?
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As for people now excited to join Google+ because their corporate or education Google apps account is letting them that is just plain crazy. If you leave for the next great job, get fired, graduate or whatever it is that disassociates yourself with that account then what do you do? Ask the admin of your former employer if you can still access their Google apps because you have all your stuff there?
Of course, you have the option to export the data to a personal account but what if you miss the opportunity? Why create the opportunity for that kind of situation anyway?
Why not have a separate account for business and personal? Oh no, not that! That requires work. It’s this social media laziness that creates the problems of people’s online personas being a cluster “you know what” of personal and business thus hurting both in the end.
So please explain to me why this is such a big deal and why people have been clamoring for it? For those who are supremely confident that their association with their Google Apps account will never change then more power to you. Here’s another question for you then. What if Google Apps goes away? Is Google now too personal to fail?