Everybody is talking about Google Plus. Google’s brave new attempt to overthrow the king of social networking, Facebook. The product was launched on 29th June to a limited number of users. The lucky ones who got in have since then been sending invites to their friends who are anxiously waiting outside.
So far we have only heard good things from those who got in. More and more tech and social media experts are getting in and sharing their first hand experiences and feedback even as we speak.
We got an invite too and just got in. And before everything else, we are here to tell you about an awesome thing I noticed while creating my profile on it.
Google Plus is queer friendly.
For ages the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, Transgender) community has lamented their forced invisibility in social spaces. Whether on the millions of web pages or in the hundreds and thousands of official forms and papers we fill in, we always only have two gender choices ‘Male’ or ‘Female.’ For any purpose whenever we have to mention our relationship status we always have such choices which are only technically true for heterosexual people.
But not on Google Plus.
In the Gender choice Google Plus have 3 drop downs, Male, Female and Others.
In the relationship status they have, along with the usual choices, two never before seen choices, 1) A civil union 2) A domestic partnership.
It seems Google have been silently taking a stand in support of the gay rights movement. On 29th June, which was the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an event that led to the gay rights movement in US, Google had silently put a rainbow pride flag which is a symbol of gay rights. Though it was rather odd that they did not put the doodle on the main page and it showed up only when a gay right related term was searched for. The doodle also did not lead to any information when clicked.
Perhaps Google is trying to be politically correct now that New York have legalized Gay marriages.
Nevertheless, adding gender and sexuality inclusive terms and phrases to the Google Plus interface is highly commendable.
We will soon bring to you a more detailed overview on Google Plus and would tell you whether or not you should switch from Facebook to Google Plus.