Thursday, 22 September 2011

Google +


If you know what the picture is, then you have already embarked on the adventure that Google have launched and are marketing as the Google + project.

It has been tested amongst an invited few (I wasn't one) for some time, but is now open to the great unwashed in beta format. 

So what is it, I here those that don't recognise the pictures ask. Well its is suggested to be the new Facebook, or better put it is yet another social network site. Free to use, part of the ever growing Google stable, which I suppose makes it an ideal complement to Blogger users ?

I signed up yesterday, a simple process which basically adds the service to your existing Google account. You will see I have also added a gadget to the top right sidebar so you can now find me on Google Plus. 

So what are those circles?  It would seem that the Unique Selling Point of Google+ is the ability to add people to specific circles. When you post a status update, you can choose which of your circle of friends can see it. If you post "I'm taking a sicky tomorrow, to go to the beach" you may choose to share this with the circles FAMILY and FRIENDS but not the circle WORK ! 

There is also the facility to "hangout" with friends which is a video conferencing function.

Two days in and I sense it is a hybrid of Facebook, Twitter and Skype ! I have a lot to learn and maybe the next time I post about Google+ I will either love it or hate it. Its hard to tell at the moment as I only have 3 friends on there !! Feel free to add me to a circle !

Interestingly although Facebook set the minimum user age of 13, Google + have chosen to set the opening age at 18, perhaps they see it as a more adult version of their competition?

Which all leave's just one good question that my brother in law posed .....

"Do I really need another Social Network in my life?"



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13 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I don't "face off" on facebook, I don't "squeak and sqawk" on twitter, and I have yet to "skip forth" on skype...so I doubt very much that I need to sign up for google smoogle. Blogger is plenty for me.

Anne-Marie said...

Can't keep up with what I already have, so.....no thanks!

RJR said...

"squeak and sqawk" like it !!!

Anne-Marie, I see where you're coming from !

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No, probably don't need another social site! I'm not on Facebook though, so I joined over two months ago. Still not sure what it all means, but I keep getting added to people's circles, so why not?

RJR said...

You were easy to find Alex! You are now in a circle, but don't worry its not crowded !

Susan Kane said...

Like Delores, I don't make any of the social sounds. Life is just too busy, and dang it, I am writing. But, I did decide to see what happens.

Rory Grant said...

I joined in yesterday. But feel like 'Nigel No Friends' - My wife is in my circle, and...my wife, also my wife....

You get the idea lol.

Rory

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

To answer that question, NO! I tried joining Google+ but I quickly learned that it's basically the same as facebook, and enough of my time is spent on facebook, blogger and hotmail, so I don't touch Google+.

Duncan In Kuantan

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I believe I'll pass on this one. Under duress, I joined Facebook, but the sole purpose was to allow me to see the latest and greatest pictures of our grandchildren. Then, I was coerced into signing up for Twitter, but I tweet less frequently than a parrot without a squawk box. Bottom line, Blogger takes up more than enough of my time.

Crystal Pistol said...

Good question! I think I don't want another social network. However, if all my friends and fam switch I may be forced to check it out.

RJR said...

Very Interesting. A lot of my friends consider Facebook to be for the younger generation. Now Google+ is released aimed at 18+ and the general response seems to be we don't need another. I wonder if Google have judged this right

VioletSky said...

In my circle of family and friends, almost none of use Facebook very much - some not at all, even though they have signed up (I include myself in that category!) I find it hard enough to keep up with my virtual friends on Blogger and with my other friends I prefer the face-to-face contact.

Rob-bear said...

I was on Facebook, but shut that down. Way too intrusive, and not enough good info.
I'll stick to blogging, thanks.

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