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Google+: my two cents and more than a dollar’s worth of links

It’s been just over a week since creating my Google+ account and I’ve been able to dabble into various parts of this new “channel”. 

(Side note: that’s what I call all social media sites. Goes back to my media buying days. Sort of the old, who is the audience, use, etc. for that TV channel and why would I buy it. Does it meet my goals?)

There has been no shortage of opinions, advice and insights on the new channel. So in the spirit of sharing, here are my brief thoughts on a few of the features of G+.

General

  • Overwhelming.  Not open to all yet but somehow a few are able to have tens of thousands of followers already. These same individuals took years to grow a similar following on Twitter. Is this rapid (but closed) growth good or bad?
  • A lot of content. Not a lot of organization. And with no limit on characters, there is no consistency among information being shared.
  • Too much chatter. However, I love LOVE the “mute this post” option, which allows you to end notifications when others comment on a post you have commented on.
  • Lots of possibilities. Can’t wait to see how it evolves (or doesn’t).

Hangouts

  • Limited to 10 people max. (Still better than Facebook’s version, which is limited to two people.)
  • Originator of the Hangout does not have to be present for the hangout to continue.
  • No time limit.
  • "View Only" mode offers some potential.
  • Users without access to webcam, can still participate but by voice only.

iPhone App

  • Why isn’t it an integrated function of the Google app similar to Reader?
  • Overall, good. Wish it had landscape mode and Hangout function.

Circles

  • How are people using these? Are you organizing your circles like you would a Twitter list?

Interested to see what others are saying? Me too.

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Posted at 5:12 PM 22 July 2011

All the Plus You Need.

I’m just dipping my toe into all the goodness of Google+. As I’m learning, I’m reading. And there is a lot to read. If you’re starting out too, here is a collection of blog posts talking about what it is, how to use it, and of course, the pluses and minuses. I hope this collection of posts is helpful. It may be a fine line before I “+” into information overload.

Google+ Getting Started

Google+ How To

Google+ General Review

Google+ Goodness

Google+ Minuses

And - if you’ve made it this far, learn with me on Google+.

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    Posted at 12:13 AM 12 July 2011