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Poll: Will you schedule an event with Google + Events?

The new feature Google+ Events makes setting up an event very simple, but is it something you will use?

There is plenty of information coming out of Google's 2012 I/O conference; so much in fact, it is difficult to keep up with the blog posts on ZDNet and CNET. However, one announcement did catch my eye - the release of a new feature for Google + called Events.

To check out the new Google+ Events feature, log in to Google + and look down the list of icons on the left, one should say Events. (Figure A)

Figure A

Note the Events icon
The next page (Figure B) presents you with the opportunity to create a new event using the Google+ Event tool.

Figure B

Create a new Event
Figure C shows the screen where you can set the parameters of your Event. This is where you decide whom to invite, set a time, determine a location, set an agenda, etc. The drop down box on the right allows you to set some additional options including specifying the Event as a Hangout if you so desire.

Figure C

Specify the parameters of your event

The Google+ Events feature seems to be a good way to organize an event - that is, assuming the people you intend to invite are Google+ users. If they are not, even your best organizing efforts may be wasted on at least some of your invitees.

So, that leads to the question at hand: Would you schedule an event with Google+ Events? Do you see benefits of this kind of online event collaboration tool? Do you see drawbacks?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.