Spaces is Google’s latest stab at being relevant in the group messaging space.
A cross between an unmoderated Google+ Community and a WhatsApp group chat, the service pitches itself as a more way for people to come together and enthuse around a shared topic, be that a local book club meeting or an online cult dedicated to the worship of Swedish TV presenter Petra Mede.
A mobile app is available for Android and iOS, and a web version lives online, accessible through any web browser at spaces.google.com.
Naturally there’s also an official ‘By Google’ Chrome extension to compliment the service.
Spaces Chrome Extension
The official Spaces extension for Chrome makes it easy to add and share links and media with your Spaces groups as you browse.
Just hit the Spaces toolbar button, select a Space, enter some details, and share.
The Chrome Web Store description describes the add-on as thus:
“Create a space in one tap, and invite people any way you like with a quick link. With Google Search, Chrome, YouTube, and Google Photos built in to the apps, you can find and share articles, videos, and photos from within the app. And when you need to get back to something you recently saw in one of your spaces, use the search feature to find it in a snap.”
Spaces os free and can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. As you might have guessed you will need a Google Account to make use of it.
Are you using Google Spaces? What are your thoughts on it so far?