After waiting impatiently for days to get into Google+ I got in. Excited to check out all the new features I started exploring. That took me about 10 minutes. “Is that it?“…. Yep that was it. Than real life caught up with me along with a major workflow project going life and a bunch of support request that buried me up to my armpits. It just lost that ‘WOW!’ factor, that made me jump through hoops to get in, really rapidly.
The one thing I had really high expectations of was the idea of the circles but at the same time it makes me so conscious about what I’m posting to which circle that I find myself hardly posting at all.
The same seems to be going on on the other side and the posts that I do see from my most active Social media connections seem to be mostly on Google+ itself. Another effect is that from certain people I now get only their ‘business’ content. Ok yes, I’m not calling them friends, most not even acquaintances but by reading not just their business content but also their quirky, personal, sometimes funny, sometimes sad messages they become alive to me. Keeping me interested and keeping me reading. Someone that posts just a lot of technical stuff I tend to loose interest in real quickly. Call me a sucker but I just love the ‘social’ in social media.
So am I won for Google+ ? Not exactly yet. Am I going to use it? Definitely! Probably a bit more after it gets picked up by Social Media tools like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and Yoono. Because for now I don’t see myself being weaned of Twitter and/or Facebook any time soon and updating all those networks separately is just too much of a hassle.
Anyway, if you want to add me to your Google+ circles then please do (Profile) and let me know what your opinion is. I’d love to hear! Who knows. Maybe we can ‘Hangout‘. Haven’t had a chance to test that feature out yet anyway 🙂
2 thoughts on “Google+….. Searching for the plus….”
All comes down to the market share, rather than being useful to the end user or not.
I totally understand how you feel. I feel like this whole Google+ thing is really impersonal if it catches on in the way that Google wants it to. I might not even view my friends as "friends" anymore, but rather the most boring people in the world. This is unless something happens that Google doesn't want to happen: if people just end up posting public status updates anyway, or at least statuses all or most of their circles can see.
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