Google+ on Android is amazing. It has a feature called “Nearby” that lets you see a public stream of messages that are occuring near your GPS Location. I haven’t been able to find this feature on the web version (for obvious reasons I am guessing).

Google Latitude used Google Buzz to pull this off, but it was much more difficult to do. You could only do it from Google Maps, and for a while only from your phone, and you would have to navigate over chat bubbles on the map to click and see them. There was also no real ability to follow the person from that menu and it was just tedious to use, although cool. The way it worked also changed frequently without word, or at least an easy way to get to some update notes.

The big problem with Buzz + Latidude is that it was 2 apps, and 2 apps most people don’t understand, so it kinda went the way of Google Wave. Without publicity and ease of use it just wont work. Google+ is a great step toward that usability. It is simple, clean and makes sense very quickly.

This has already helped me! I started adding people talking nearby that looked like they were in tech and already found a designer I may be interested in commisioning. The applications here are pretty endless for those seeking or providing services.

They also seem to have a check in feature similar to Foursquare for the mobile apps, that may make sharing info about places easier, though I think we need a “stream” per location rather than just overall nearby.

So far I am rather Impressed with Google+. especially with it’s integration into Gmail. Being able to check updates and respond in the same window that I am always in is very helpful!

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  • I found that the other day.  I made a post and soon after someone I’d never met before commented on his way through town on vacation.

    It would be nice if there was some way to at least see it from the web though, Google Maps has no problem finding my location with a modern browser.

  • Barry

    Why not from the website version? Seems silly to me. I could be out at a cafe with my laptop and it should be able to find where i am and find posts from nearby, or even from home. Whats the problem?

    • Not sure why Google Limits it, I know a couple of people in Google+, I’ll try asking them for a followup.

    • You can do it on the desktop too… just use this url >>

      • Actually, Google even allows you to set your location now via the desktop version, meaning I no longer have to update solely from my phone to get local attention. It’s great! I am sure they will add local filters to the web app soon. Haven’t found it yet. 

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