Google+ released Events, a new feature that allows users to invite circles, individuals or the public to an event. The event feature is integrated into your Google Calendar and will let you know your schedule straight from the event invite. The invitation, also features a directions link, that will open Google maps with directions to the event.
Google+ Events, has an option to add a photo. You can either, pick one from one of your photo albums, upload a new photo or select one of the photos by Google. There are static photo and animated photo options, as well.
Yesterday, I was so excited about the new feature, I decided to create an event for Independence Day. I made it a public event and invited my circles. What I didn't know, was that it sent an email invitation to ALL of my contacts instead of a Google notification.
As you would guess, I immediately started getting messages from friends asking if my account had been hacked, what time the party was and why my location was in the middle of the country.
The Google+ team is already working to fix this issue. Apparently, spammers have already started using this feature to flood users emails and feeds. Hopefully, we will see a fix soon. Until then, I think I will just stay away from pretty new buttons on my Google+.
Keep It Real!