Wow, what’s that? I’m actually writing a brand-new social media post and not a meaningless ramble?
Anyway, this new thing called Google+ came out and if you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of it. And if you do live under a rock, I envy you sometimes. But I digress. . .
What is Google+?
Google+ is the new social networking site that’s going to take over the world. It’s like Facebook, but it has LiveJournal-esque filters. (Remember LiveJournal? Those were the days . . .)
What Google+ Does Right
Google has done several things very right. The Circles make it easy to keep the various parts of your life separate. You can have a circle for Internet Friends, a circle for Good Friends, a circle for Family Members You Are Obligated to Friend, and a circle for Coworkers. You can sort of do this on Facebook, but it’s not as effective.
There are also Hangouts, which is like a group video chat. I haven’t actually tried this, but it’s an interesting idea. I’d like to see how it works.
Google+ has another thing going for it: exclusivity. Social media geeks had to join the site because it’s cool, it’s exclusive, it has to be amazing because it’s Google. It will be open to the public at the end of the month and it will be hard to feel special when anyone can join.
Google+: The Current Problem
The current problem with Google+ is that it’s dead! I guess exclusivity has its downsides . . . There aren’t many people to talk to because most people haven’t joined yet. And a social network needs people in order to fulfill the social aspect of things.
Hey Look- I’m On Google+
I scored a super-exclusive invitation from my sister and got to join the site last week. If you want an invite, send me your email. (Whichever one you want to link the account to.)