Google Chat’s Rooms are now Spaces
. Spaces are designed for collaboration and are integrated with Meet, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Tasks. New features that will be available in the coming months include tools for content moderation, in-line topic threading, enhanced search, and discoverable Spaces within an organization. Google hasn’t indicated if any of these new features will be available to consumer users, or if they will only be available to Google Workspace customers.
Calling is coming to Google Meet
. Currently the only way to invite someone to a Google Meet meeting is to share the link with them or invite them to a Calendar Event. “Soon” it will be possible to call someone with a notification sound and everything. This will first be available in one-on-one Chats in the Gmail mobile app.
launched Communities. Tweets in a Community are “narrow casted
”, meaning that while they are publicly visible in the Community, they do not appear on your profile or the feeds of your followers. Anyone can quote-Tweet a Community post to put it in front of more eyeballs. Communities also have moderators to enforce the rules.
collaborated with Ray Bans to launch smart sunglasses
that let you listen to music, take calls, and snap photos and videos. They are not as dorky looking as Google Glass, but they come with similar privacy concerns. There is a small LED light
that turns on when the glasses are taking a photo or video, but testers have shown it’s easy to cover it, and even uncovered people don’t notice that the light is on. And Facebook doesn’t have great track record when it comes to privacy.