Women of Google+ : Jessica Liao
As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.
Featured G+’er : Jessica Liao
How did you originally get invited to Google+?
I was originally invited during the beta testing phase by a friend working at Harvard Business School, who heard from co-workers that Google+ could potentially be used as a new marketing tool. He assured me that the new social media service Google provided would consolidate sharing information into a single website, which we could easily toggle to alter privacy settings.
What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?
Enhance privacy settings and cleaning up news feed that has essentially cluttered my stream on Facebook.
How does Google+ fit into your life or career?
It is amazingly simple to share content on a professional level with colleagues, create a public image online, or to keep updated with friends. Because I have already been using so many Google services such as Gmail, Google Reader, and Buzz, it is one more service that has been integrated into a single account to enable ease of use.
A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+
As much as I enjoy using Google+, the idea of simply “+1″ to indicate one’s approval for the shared content leads us to question how social media will change our perception of knowledge:
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten… Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.”
- George Orwell, 1984.
Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?
Recent college graduate from Wellesley College with a B.A. in the biological sciences and a minor in violin performance. My side interests include photography, startup work (http://www.braingenie.com), and looking for good food. Having lived in several countries, I ultimately settled in Boston, MA. for the time being before attending graduate school. It was particularly exciting to see young girls sweep the 2011 Google Global Science Fair, as I currently work on genetic engineering of industrial microbes at a biological engineering firm straight out of MIT called Ginkgo BioWorks (http://www.ginkgobioworks.com). In the future, I anticipate more schools and companies will encourage females in the sciences to minimize the gender disparity.