Google Spaces

Last night I saw the announcement for Google Spaces, which they are pushing as a messaging application for small groups. Their goal seems to be to shift from conversations grouped by contacts with multiple topics of discussion into the inverse, where the topic stays static and the people join. It's a decent idea, but I have to wonder why they wouldn't add it to a myriad of other applications they have that do messaging (Hangouts). Group sharing isn’t easy. From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging. The problem with their approach is highlighted by their opening statement. I have friends that are content with iMessage, or Hangouts, or just plain old text messages. It's hard enough to get people to change how they do an every »