Google+ Have you got room for another social media network?

Nikki Parkinson Life 30 Comments

I’ve signed up for Google+.  Because I’m a tragic.  Social media early adopter tragic that is.

I’m not sure if I’m convinced it will be a great thing.  So far most people in my “stream” are other bloggers.  The kind of people who I already spend a lot of time online with.

I’m not even sure what I should do with it.  A bit like a new skincare product I didn’t know I needed but I bought it anyway hoping it would deliver on what it said it would.


It’s clear that Google+ is going up against Facebook.  And given that I’ve already confessed my undying love for Twitter, I feel like I’m cheating on my first love by sussing out what’s new over the social media fence.  And Facebook, don’t get me started with you and your “new” news feed which means I don’t get to decide on whether I see my most “most recent” or “top news”.  You’ve been giving me the same “top news” for three days and I DON’T LIKE IT (insert Pauline Hanson voice here).

What I do like about Facebook (sorry for shouting in my Pauline Hanson voice just now) is what happened over at Woogsworld’s Facebook page this week.  Woman after woman sharing their birth photos.  Check it out, but warning: you might need a Kleenex or 600.

Now, if you were hoping for some clarification in this post about what Google+ is and how to best use it, then I’m sorry.  I’m still working it out myself.

In a nutshell, you can add people to your circle or circles (a bit like adding people to lists on Facebook) and post updates and links directly to those circles.

And if you’re trawling the interwebs, you’ll now see these symbols everywhere – on posts like this one or even when you do a Google search.  They’re a bit like a Facebook like button but I suspect they’ll start to impact on a site’s Google rankings before too long.  (I added my Google+1 button using the WordPress plugin Google+1 Button so feel free to +1 me whenever you like. You know you want to …)

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If you’re keen to know more, here are some of the posts I’ve been reading around the interwebs about Google+

The Social Media Guide says: “Overall, Google+ appears to be making social networking a more streamlined process that could have a great impact with its simplicity.”

Problogger:  “The key in my mind is to start experimenting and engaging, and watch to see what happens. Many people jump on social networking when they need it to achieve something for them, however those who seem to benefit from it most are those who invest time and energy into building a network and genuinely engaging in it before they actually need something from it.”

The Social Media Daily:  “Google+ is super easy to use and bears a striking resemblance to Facebook.”

Mamamia: “Early adopters and techno geeks will of course embrace it, but you can be sufficiently connected by Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn without adding another means of distraction.”

So, what do you think?  Have you signed up?  Have you reached social media overload?  And is anyone still on MySpace?

 

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  1. I must admit I love the simplicity of it, tho’ I am not sure that will last when it is used more. Will they populate it with games and entice the youngsters onto it? Will it become what FB once was before it became more of a game portal?

    I’ve just downloaded the G+ iPhone app, and it is so simple and “white” – like fresh clean, cotton bedsheets!! And that’s what G+ is so far. A breath of fresh air for Social media.

    There is a rumour that Google have told businesses not to sign-up yet, coz they are creating something for aligned to the business side of things.

    Very much a work in progress, but looking forward to seeing this baby grow…. with a bit of trepidation at the same time.

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  2. I’m quite liking Google+ as it gives me so much more control over privacy and what I post and to whom, but I’m still trying to get my head around it all. Decidedly over Facebook though, yet I don’t have the guts to deactivate my account…

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      I do like those aspects. And you can target what you post to your particular circles. I can’t leave Facebook any time soon as it’s still a big referrer to my blog. I work on the principal that I need to be hanging out where my readers are hanging out.

  3. I’m still trying to work out Google+ Like eveyone I am having enough trouble keeping up with facebook, twitter and everything else let alone something new and uncertain. I will preservere with it (it does look promising) but I will take my time exploring it. I’m just glad I’m not the only one struggling with yet another potential time waster!!!

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  4. I’m undecided. I already find it difficult to keep up with twitter, FB, and blogging not to mention posting on sites like Digital Parents. And most of my friends are only on FB and don’t like twitter or anything new. So I’m not sure … perhaps I will be lazy and let people like you suss it out for me first…)

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  5. Google+ actually makes me outwardly groan. For me it’s double-edged – I don’t have time, I don’t want yet another thing to keep track of, update, etc. If it were just me, I probably wouldn’t, but I know it’s only a matter of time before it becomes important for my business. Like I did with Facebook at first, I think I’ll just hold out for as long as possible and see. Nikki, totes agree with the FB news feed thing – what’s with that?! It annoys me more as a person with a business page, because I know it means a lot of my likers probably aren’t seeing my posts, because they don’t even know to click the Most Recent tab. So infuriating!

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      It is so infuriating and I do wonder how many of my Styling You business page posts are being missed too. Not everyone’s Facebook feed has changed over yet so interesting to see what will happen when it does.

  6. Despite an early stumble (deleted all my blogger photos) I love G+. Because people are identifying who they are and what their interests are, I’m able to connect with people who I have a lot in common with. G+ feels like Facebook for grownups 🙂 No annoying apps or dramas (yet!).

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  7. Hi Nikki,

    Thanks for the update, now I’m doing social media training, I have to keep on top of all the new stuff like this but have to say it just all gets a bit much doesn’t it! Though I guess it’s not such a bad thing for facebook to have some competition, I’ve been trying to teach in my classes that it’s all about the relationships NOT as much the tools. But I do feel the learning curve is so steep for people that it’s going to be tough for new tools to be adopted – the only reason I will try out Google is because of their top position in the internet world, and as I like the rest of their suite (Picasa & Gmail especially).

    Well, off to try and learn how to use it!

    Renee

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  8. I’m just not sure about G+ Like you say “Do I really have time for another social media network. I have learned (am learning) to be careful about where to invest my online time to what is most useful for me, my blog and my readers. I’m a bit like you and usually just jump into all sorts of social media…almost everything…HA! But whether I take it further really depends how I find it and how it works for the 3 I mentioned above (ie. me, my blog and my readers). Personally, I use facebook mostly for readers, twitter for interacting with other bloggers and contacts, I love instagram, I use You Tube for vlogs and videos usually though to put on my blog, I’m on formspring but don’t use it anymore after quite a few spam questions, I have Google Buzz but it’s just automatic, I think Klout is interesting and what happens with that in the long term will be interesting…ummm…I think there are some others I can’t remember…HA! So I will joing google plus when I get back from hols but whether I find it useful or just another “pain in the neck” social tool remains to be seen.

    Okay, long comment. Sorry about that. Thanks for talking about this interesting issue.

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      Kelly, long comment are more than welcome! I’m with you. I’m in just about everything but it’s important to spend more time where your readers are. For me that’s actually Twitter at the moment (it does fluctuate). And yes, I think Klout is interesting. Will see how that is used by companies and marketers down the track.

  9. Nikki,

    A couple of things. First the Google +1 button for web sites has direct no relationship to Google+ at the moment. I’m sure in time it will but at the moment do not confuse the two.

    Second, Google+ has only been available to to public for three weeks and id still in early beta. You do not go past the site of a half complete building and say: “Oh that’s so messy and junky. I don’t like that building at all.”

    Third, I think the mind set that says I have to actively participate on every social media platform is flawed. When Google+ is fully baked and starts truly competing with Facebook you need to decide which platform suits you best. You need to consider functionality and access to your community. If for example you love the finished Google+ but the majority of your community members are either reluctant to move from, or are welded on to Facebook, then Facebook is probably the best place for you to direct your effort.

    For me personally I will probably dump Facebook for Google+. I will keep using Twitter though I think to a lesser degree.

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      Totally agree with everything you’ve said which is why I’ve joined up in the first place. And yes, being where your community is hanging out is the biggest consideration and one I monitor constantly.
      I put the Google+ button in there as it’s the Facebook like button equivalent and if you look on your Google+ profile you can click on a tab that shows all the +1s you’ve done (so it is integrated).

  10. Google + seems to be like Facebook without the family. Maybe this won’t be such a bad thing! But another social media I have to check and keep up seems a bit hard to do right now. Plus, for mine, Twitter is my number one love, like yourself. xx

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    2. My thoughts too Bern (G+ = facebook minus the family. For now anyway).
      And I too sighed at the thought of yet another social tool … but I can see myself moving away from Facebook and to G+ once it reaches a nice critical mass.

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