If you haven’t yet gotten dragged into Google +, don’t fret. It’s a virus. You’ll be in soon, so save your begging. It’ll come really quick.
For those of you who aren’t in, so far, Google+ looks like a really tidy Facebook. Nearly all the posts so far are self-referential. “How do I hide my Circles?” and things like that. Meaning, we’re not talking about anything BUT Google+ in there, more or less. That’s useful in the “learn things as other people learn them” way. But beyond that, it’s not like the service will immediately enhance your social media experience.
Frankly, the common feeling seems to be: “I’m not sure why I’m here, but I’m just going to organize my friends/following differently than I did on Facebook or Twitter.”
What Google+ is About
The goal, I’ve read, with Google+ is to improve sharing. The idea is that “sharing is broken,” and this is Google’s attempt to put it all together in a better way. So far, it’s pretty good in that regard. It’s easy to share stuff. It’s all tied into your Google Profile, your Picasa photos, YouTube, etc. It’s kind of like they went back to square one and did Buzz a little better (I shudder to even say “Buzz”).
One Cool Part
One cool part I’ve noticed so far is that there are LOTS of people in there to follow that you might find interesting to follow. I mean like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerburg, etc. On the other side, I don’t follow much from those guys, because I let others report whatever they’re sharing, and because most of their sharing isn’t really going to change my world.
As of right now, I’m slowly (very!) adding a few people to follow, and trying out circles to manage connections. I’m just not looking to replicate the follow-for-all I’ve got on Twitter.
Will It Last?
Having me talk about this is useless. I have no idea. I know I hated Buzz. I know that I hated Friendfeed. I know both those services faded to the back. I know that I like this, at least initially. I didn’t like MySpace. I am still not friendly with Facebook. Twitter’s my pace. But Google+ can do a lot more than Twitter, it would see (The Android App is really good for it, by the way).
Is it for Your Business?
Probably in a few years. It’s really early days right now. People don’t want a lot of ads or spam there. There aren’t a ton of leads unless your leads are web nerds. So, I don’t think it’s really for the typical business person yet.
Should YOU Check It Out?
Read the blog posts about it for a while. Wait until you see it show up in your gmail menu. And when it does, give it a look around. It’s kind of interesting, but it’s early days. This post will end up being like most people’s first Twitter post. “I don’t think it’s for me.” Meaning, that I’ll have a post in five months saying that I can’t live without it or whatever.
And that’s all I can say about Google+ for right now.