Well, not the post I was thinking about when I mentioned another one the other day. I just got into Google Plus tonight. I haven’t had a chance to do too much yet, other than follow a few people. I wanted to share some initial thoughts, though.
If you’re having trouble understanding what it is, the best way I can describe it is as a cross of Facebook and Twitter. There are similarities to both. The thing I like the most, is the Circle concept. You can put people in multiple Circles, following them that way. So, for people from the #MyWANA Twitter tag, I stick them in there, and anything that they post that is for anyone to see, will show up in that Circle. I also have a Minecraft Circle to follow the developers of the game. It makes it easy to see what they are talking about. Or, if I want to send a message to my Family, I can do that by posting to only that Circle, or an individual even.
That’s where some problems come up. With Twitter, it’s easy to follow a hash tag to talk with people, even those that you don’t know. Take #MyWANA. When I started following the tag, I didn’t follow many (if any) of the people. There are still those that I don’t follow that I can talk to through the tag. As of right now, there is no way to do that in Google+, that I have seen.
Or, in the case of the Minecraft Developers. It would be nice if people could follow a specific Circle, and when they want to talk about something game related, they could post to that, and anyone following would see it.
There are things to be worked out, for sure. But I think that there is a good base here. Time will tell if Google will succeed with this new project, or if this will be another flop, like Wave.
And, if you want to add me, here’s my profile. Yes, I know I need to get a picture up there (at the time of writing).
Google+ looks great, but I wonder if anyone has tested using the hangouts in place of ‘public circles’?
Not on Google+ yet, waiting for my invite.
G Plus seems really great with the circles. I hope it catches on! Twitter & FB could do well with some competition.