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 …)
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.”