Despite the Google Plus shutdown for individual users, Google can’t resist the urge to create another social network.
Google’s experimental Area 120 unit has developed a social network; Shoelace, that is meant to help people get together in real life.
How it Works
You pick your interests, and the creators help you hook up with like-minded people for various activities, whether they’re custom-created or hand-picked. If you’re new to town, for instance, you could find fellow runners or a local book club.
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Importantly, you can share activities with others whether or not they have the app –Shoelace. You won’t necessarily have to create a Facebook event to rope people in, then.
The platform is not available for everyone yet so Don’t expect to try Shoelace for a while. It’s invitation-only for now, and then only in New York City for now. Whether or not it goes public will likely depend on its early performance. If nothing else, it’s a relatively fresh take for a Google-made social network — it’s trying to get you off your phone instead of keeping you hooked.