The U.S. Navy is seriously looking into whether Google+ is an option for sharing information with family and friends. Lt. Lesley Lykins told USA Today, “We’re considering it. We’re still waiting to see the platform itself.”
Google+ may have a strong advantage over Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites because of the way the platform allows users to share content. The new social network is known for helping users create “circles,” or exclusive groups of family, friends or work associates who can tailor their content. The content can be text, a link, a picture, video or a “check-in” via foursquare. In this manner, members of the Navy can, hopefully, keep confidential or personal information secured from the public at large. Another interesting point to consider is that even Google’s in-app video chatting client is an appealing option for sailors who are deployed from their family for several months or longer. Rightly so and as expected, the Navy will need to consider all aspects of Google+ security features before even sanctioning the platform as a viable social media tool for the members of the Navy.
However, the Navy will not join the network itself because Google+ has not launched its business trial program, and, reportedly, pulls or deletes any accounts that are not affiliated with a singular person.
Some notable business names that have tried to join Google+ but were pulled or deleted are Ford and Sesame Street. But, Google+ is promoting that good things come to those who wait with many new business features arriving with the business trial program.