Thursday, July 14, 2011

Google+ is King?

A new kid on the block? 
Maybe. It's certainly an interesting concept and one I'm pleased to see around.

For those unsure of what it's all about, I thought I'd give you some of my own insights.  
I joined on Sunday and here're my first couple of posts:

Rather pathetic, I know, saying "hello, I'm here" - but well...
Do I like Google+ ? Yes I do - very much.
Why?  It combines both Twitter and FB into one. You can still "like" posts (by pressing the +1 box at the bottom of posts); you can share links or you can just reply to the author if you prefer.
It has added bonuses:
  • You can have a "hangout" which means a chat group in which audio and vision can be used if you have the equipment. If you don't, you can still have your personal chat with several people at once in writing.
  • One the of the biggest bonuses is the CIRCLES.

On the left hand side of the screen above you can see my circles. Sorry, it's in Portuguese but they are: 
  • friends
  • contacts
  • family
  • followers
  • writers
This means that you can add your family members to your "family circle", and restrict your posts to that circle only so that the whole world won't see "Hello Auntie Phil, how's your bottom off for spots today?".
If you don't have time nor patience to read the huge stream of what your followers are saying, then just have a quick read about what your friends are up to. 
However, if you DO want to see everyone's post, just press "Stream" and you get the whole caboodle.

Cool or what?

The trolls are about I hear, but unfortunately we're never going to be rid of trolls. And at least people on Google+ are laughing about them:  Take a look at what Lucy Pepper has to say about them :)

I do have invitations to Google+ and I'd love to add you to my circles (I created one for just writers only). If you'd like to join the site, just let me know. I'll need your email addy so don't forget to make it difficult for trolls and put (at) instead of @ and (dot) instead of .

Hurry up, because  I would be surprised if a brand new techy cult doesn't emerge soon causing a huge exodus from Google+  .  Funny old world we live in, isn't it? I wonder what the fascination with all these new things is?