Hi! I’m redesigning my homepage with iGoogle and it dawned on me that Google users (those who have a gmail account) here on LingQ could share their gmail addresses. When one adds someone as a friend on google some nice things can be done:
- voice and video chat (without skype)
- text chat
- sharing google documents
- sharing feeds, bookmarks and youtube videos
- creating youtube videos to be seen only by your friends
and on, and on, google offers an army of services
One suggestion for LingQ: what about creating a Google Group of LingQ? Not for communication purposes (that too if necessary), but also for advertising.
I think we would prefer to keep the conversation here on LingQ and on our blogs. Not to mention the Twitter feed and Facebook Fan page and group page… You can only keep track of so many things. Actually, we had a Google Group for TheLinguist but we didn’t pay much attention to it and it didn’t do much for us.
Adalberto, I like your suggestion of Google Integration among LingQ users, but I also understand mark’s standpoint that too many social networking connections can become difficult to manage, especially because there are only so many hours in a workday.
Here’s what I did, I changed my email addresses on my LingQ profile to my gmail address and made it visible to my friends, this way anyone who I have friended can contact me over gmail / google chat, and all the good stuff you mentioned. Friends will have to manually manage thier “Google Contacts” of their LingQ friends, but I think it is an acceptable workaround.
In fact, you can test it out, my gmail address should be visible to you by now!