Navy issues online guide to Google+

New application offers some advantages over Facebook, new guide says

Although Google+ has attracted more than 10 million users since its recent debut, many people in government are wondering what it is and how it ought to be used. Thanks to the Navy, now there is an overview of the new site.

The Navy recently published a 13-page online guide titled “What’s the deal with Google+?” on the SlideShare website, providing a basic introduction to the new social networking site and how it could be used by individuals. The Navy’s presentation had been viewed by 606 people as of Aug. 16.

One of the first questions it tackles is whether Google+ is like Facebook or something different. According to the Navy, the new site is different and offers several advantages over Facebook.


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“Why start a Google Plus account when you already have a Facebook account?” the Navy guide asked. “Well, Facebook was developed on the premise that everyone is your ‘friend,’ which isn’t how your social circles work in real life. Google Plus is built so you can intuitively break up all your connections into ‘circles’ and treat those circles separately."

The online guide also offers links to other websites explaining Google+'s purpose and suitability, a questionnaire for users to determine whether Google+ is suitable for them personally and some tips on protecting privacy when setting up and using the site.

With Google expected to release a business version of Google+ soon, the Navy said it would develop guidance on business agency use as well.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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Reader comments

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 Former Navy LCDR

NMCI (Navy/Marine Corp Intranet) does have specific custom built-in firewalls that are not found in other platforms or other operating systems. That might be some of your problem and would be one that needs to be addressed by the Navy IT. Just guessing. I'm no expert on anything except my .45 and my M4. lol.

Wed, Aug 17, 2011

I work for the Navy and I am at a Navy HQ command outside the beltway... All Navy and Marine Corps are on the same IT system called NMCI. If I go to google+, it errors saying my browser is too old. According to NMCI, I am on the latest computer system... Windows XP and Browser 7, Office 2007. I wonder how these Navy wonders were able to analyze google+ from NMCI.

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