How to create a Google Plus event
Google Plus events is a new way to create and share an outing, meeting or occasion with your contacts. Although this may seem like a small update, you realise how handy Google Plus events is when you see how it integrates with your Google calendar and services.
What's been added to Google Plus with events?
To start off with, a new tab has been added down the side of G+, once this is clicked on you’ll see a very nice looking page like this:
Then in the top right hand corner will be a “Create Event” option. Simply enter the details for the event and decide who to invite from your circles, under the event options menu. You can even add custom themes, which create by far the best looking online invitations I’ve ever come across.
You’ll be notified when people are coming, declining or tentatively accepting, and you can decide whether to allow them to add photos and comments to the event wall or not.
In my opinion, the best feature in my opinion “Party Mode”, which you can learn about in this short video from Google:
When pictures are taken on peoples' phones during the event, the photos can be directly uploaded to the event wall, for all the participants to enjoy.
This article happened to coincide with Carphone Warehouses Get Connected events to raise money for charity, so I simply created an event on Google Plus and asked our Geek Squad Agent community to join and share their fundraising activities.
As you can see, Agent Palmer was some kind of pirate bear.
I was Spiderman - with my fellow Agent Brown as Ironman. We raised money for the Get Connected charity by offering people the chance to play with the great App-cessories on sale in our Carphone Warehouse branch, showcasing the Apptoyz Appblaster and Appcopter around the town.
These photos were shared to Google Plus events, using the party mode feature. The best bit of all is that after the event ends, all the pictures uploaded from all the participants get included in one, neat album. No more trying to pull everyone's pictures from different albums together - it’s already done for you!
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