I’m not the most tech-savvy person in the world, but if there’s one thing I hate, it’s to be left out.
So when an invitation for Google+ arrives in my inbox, I accept it, even though I wonder if this “invitation” really represents some sort of exclusive privilege. I’m still not convinced. It reminds me a little of when a representative from Barbizon announced to me and a group of gangly 14-year-old friends that we’d been selected to sign up for a $2,000 modeling school … along with every other awkward teenager at the mall that day.
Thankfully, unlike Barbizon, Google+ is free. After a couple of clicks of the mouse, I’m prompted to assign my contacts to my own personal social hierarchy: “friends,” “acquaintances,” “following” and “family.” Easy enough. My favorite homemade headshot (Oh, this old thing? I just snapped it with my webcam — after 12 tries) becomes my profile picture, and I e-exhale: I won’t be left behind. I’m in, and pretty early, too.
I joined Google+ not because I need a new way to connect with people through my laptop — I’m a longtime Facebook addict and prolific G-chatter, and I’m more than satisfied (read: way too distracted) by those two outlets. Rather, I’m determined to avoid another late-joining, uneasy relationship like the one I have with Twitter (more on that later).
Gives Social Network Another Try With Google Plus
Something you have to admire about Google is the fact that they can be extremely persistent when they want to be. This is certainly the impression that I got when they recently announced their plans to roll out Google Plus; their latest attempt at social networking. Previously, Google had tried to enter the Social Networking scene through acquisition (Orkut), stealth (Buzz) and innovation (Wave). While, none of these brought success, they did teach Google some valuable lessons. This time, Google has dreamed big and put in a lot effort to realize that dream.If I could describe Google Plus in one word, I might choose “intimate” because thatword seems to properly represent the philosophy behind this endeavour. To me it seems that Google has identified a fundamental reality of our average social experience: we are not the same person to everyone. Hence, it has built a system that can seamlessly allow us to customize the level of social interaction we want with different people.
25 Google Plus Resources, Articles, and Reviews to Help You Get Started
Google+ (or is it “Google Plus”?), the search giant’s big social initiative, has arrived and there’s a lot to learn. Google’s answer to Facebook has been in the works for a year and has been delayed several times due to disagreements about its design, purpose, and execution. Facebook’s threat to Google’s domination of the Web was a wake-up call that ignited the development of the new social platform. Even though Facebook’s traffic seems to be slowing in the U.S. and Canada, the network’s exponential growth frightened Google’s leadership into taking action. When Facebook discovered the company’s plans, it went into “lockdown” for 60 days and focused on completing new features like Facebook Groups, Facebook Messages, and Facebook Places.
Curator’s Notes I just got my Google invite today,even in the early stage Google Plus rocks. It is simplistic yet complicated, it’s raring to go and yet remarkably refined. I think it is going to find a substantial following in the social media community, and just wait until it adds the rest of the Google services. Be sure to enjoy the video below it’s amusing.
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