Whenever Google launches a new product there is a rush of people who want to jump in and look at what the software giant has come up with. I’m one of those people. Our family has long been searching for a way to stay connected with each other and as services such as EveryMe shut down from apparently lack of interest we keep searching for a permanent solution. Some members of the family won’t touch Facebook, other services don’t support certain phones. We’ve been at a stale mate for a few months now.
Enter Google Spaces. My brother reached out to the family and recommended that we give Google Spaces a try and to my great surprise, all but one or two of the whole crew joined up in short order. I was excited to jump into it myself and join in posting pictures of food, dogs, kids, and anything else that came to mind. I installed the Spaces app on my phone and launched it and low and behold, I got the following message.
Your Account Has Not Been Enabled For Spaces
Son of a… Alright, let’s jump on the trusty laptop and see if I can get in that way. Result?
Wait a second, how is that possible? It works for all of my technologically challenged family, but not me?! I don’t get it. After further research, I discovered that Google has done something that most large organizations do that serve both consumers and businesses. They’ve decided to beta test their new product on the idiot masses first and start with consumers. This shouldn’t really be a problem, right?
Well, if you are “lucky” like me, the message of Your account has not been enable for Spaces means that you’re more loyal to Google than most and you probably have a Google Apps email account (which is different, but similar to the Gmail platform). Yep, that’s right. You get to pay the tax of not being able to use Google Spaces right now because you’re subscribed to a Business grade email system and they don’t let new apps jump in there right away. So the short answer in all of this is, if you’re a Google Apps user, you get to wait to send pictures of your food, family, friends, etc. to your family until Google Spaces is approved for business users.
If you think this sucks, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll try and bolster some attention from Google to rapidly get that changed.
I want to be able to use this with my class of year 7 students.
Spaces now works with Google Apps, so if you’re still getting this message, your Google Apps administrator may have the function disabled.