Friday, September 23, 2011

Why I love Google Plus

I finally got on Google+ because I wanted to know what all the chatter was about. At first I was put off by the whole "you need to be invited" bit (elitist social media?), but now it's open to anyone.

I've seen several people get on Google+ and post something to this affect: "Okay, I'm here. Now what?"

Here's a little bit of 'now what'. Click on the link below to the Brogan post for a really good beginner's walk-through.

What I love about it is that it combines the best aspects of Twitter and Facebook. Like Facebook, it allows you to comment on other's posts and engage in conversation, and that conversation can go on over several days and won't get quickly lost in the feed stream as it does in Twitter. Unlike Twitter, you can also see comments made by people you are not following, so you don't miss chunks of the dialogue.

However, unlike Facebook, you are able to follow anyone you want. You don't need to be 'friends' and they don't need to allow others to 'subscribe'. So if you like someone's comment on a post, you can click through to their profile and wall and learn more about them. If they post content that's interesting to you, you can follow them and their posts will now appear in your stream.

So I can follow Chris Brogan or Scott Beale, even if they don't know me from Adam. And that is how I found links like this:

Start Now on Google Plus - A primer from Brogan on how to get started on Google Plus

And this...

SEO for non-dicks - Thank you, Matt Legend, for making the distinction

If you find interesting videos or photos, you can post those as well:



You can also create different groups to keep track of your connections. If you post something, you can choose whether you want it to be seen just by a particular group, or by everyone.

So if you've been wondering whether you should take the leap, I vote yes. If, like me, you have absolutely no time for yet another social media platform to manage, do it anyway. And look me up under Wanderlust Lust.

Follow Bern Morley, too. Her posts will make you laugh.










8 comments:

  1. I am still not 100% sold on it yet but I am also no longer all that in love with Facebook either.

    You are so right about following Bern . . . she is awesome!
    Jenn

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  2. Am signed up to this but fully acknowledge that I am just not devoting the necessary time to it at the moment to make it work for me. One day...!

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  3. I don't like twitter much, and I'm getting annoyed at the changes to facebook, so I don't know if I even want to give google plus a try.

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  4. I'm in. Best of Twitter (which I love) and best of FB (which I also love) sounds like a win win to me.

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  5. I'm still not convinced but have been dabbling for some time. Thanks for dabbling with me this week!

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  6. I'm there, but haven't found as much engagement there as on Twitter or FB. I guess that will come as people get used to it.

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  7. I haven't signed up yet - inworry that I don't have time for the social networks I'm on, without adding another to the mix.

    I've seen quite a bit of talk about their 'real names' policy. You might find that sooner or later they pull you up on your name, and if you don't comply they can shut down your entire Google account, not just G+. I don't mind using my real name, but the way they've pursued people makes me wary.

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  8. I know I have to learn Google + but I dont have time to scratch myself at the moment, let alone get consumed with another thing!! Looks good though, will come to you when I need pointers! Hope you're well honey x

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