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Google+ At Brown: Overview

CIS enabled Google+ for the Brown community on January 23rd, 2012.  Google+ is an opt-in service.  Members of the Brown community are now able to create a Google+ account associated with their Brown email address (accounts will not be automatically created).

What is Google+?
Google+ is a social media tool that introduces new ways for our community to connect and communicate with each other. It includes the ability to selectively share photos, posts and links with Circles of contacts, and video chat with up to ten people at a time in Hangouts.

Why?
People across campus have requested it!  Many are already using Google+ with their personal Gmail addresses and have asked to be able to use it with their Brown address.  Undergraduate interest in the possibility of using Google+ at Brown sparked a BDH article in September, and we’ve heard from others across campus that are especially interested in using the Hangouts video chat feature to conduct virtual meetings.

Important Notes
  • Currently, signing up for a Google+ account requires providing a real name and creating a public profile (which will, at the minimum, contain the full name).  Google has indicated that this policy may eventually change, but has not yet provided a time frame.  Because of FERPA regulations and privacy considerations, the use of Google+ should NEVER be made mandatory (for example, it should not be required in a course).
  • Users must be at least 13 years old to create a Google+ account. Anyone providing an age less than 13 years will be prevented from creating an account. If you enter an age under 13, Google will suspend, or possibly delete, your GoogleApps@Brown account. For this reason, it is very important that people 13 and over provide the correct date of birth when registering. This includes mail and other items! More information about Google+ and age requirements
  • Like other non-core Google services for the Brown community, Google + is not covered under the same Brown policy agreement and will only be as secure and private as the normal consumer Google services.
  • All content created in Google with your Brown account, whether in a core app such as Mail or a consumer app such as Google+, can potentially be accessed or suspended by the University. While Brown has strong limits on who can access accounts and why accounts can be accessed, it is a possibility that you should consider when sending or storing personal information. If you would like to use Google products for storing personal content, you should create a free non-Brown account at http://gmail.com.   Remember that if your affiliation with Brown ends, you will no longer be able to access content created with your Brown account.
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