note: I published this back in July, 2011 (just look at the graphics and screen shots – they are ancient!), but I am circling back and going to be reporting back on +1, so feel free to leave a comment as I gather the evidence. As to why – check this stat out.
You asked, and now you are going to get it. My opinion that is…..
What do I think of Google +?
To be honest, I cannot even really give an opinion on using the G+ interface, just my thoughts on do we need it or not?
Now remember, I am not an authority when it comes to social media platforms, simply an avid and mostly efficient user. I am not one to toot my own horn, so if you engage with me out there in cyber space, you can judge my authority yourself.
Personally, I have been on Facebook (“the book” as my cousin Nate refers to it) for a long time, and I really LOVE the book. I adore keeping up with all my high school and college friends, their families, and their lives. Recently, I acquired a bunch of new mompreneur friends on FB, and it is a fabulous little support network.
I do have my friends all clumped together (the FB grouping feature came out later & I did not go through and group everyone), so G+ is running a bit different from the start in allowing me to assign people to circles. However, most of the people who I interact with on FB (friends & family) are more than likely not going to join G+, so I will need to stay involved over at the book. Not to mention, I need to investigate the circles and privacy, etc. because as one user mentioned to me that he was “not sure how people will feel about being in one circle but not another? ” In other words, he expressed concern over the G+ circle labels. He might offend someone if they did not agree with the circle where he put them? (note – I mention that I have to investigate this).
Professionally, I think the FB business pages are changing for the better. I like the way that they allow you to comment as your business and engage with other businesses in a b2b way. I am growing my Back’nGrooveMom page as we speak.
When it comes to Twitter, you know that I am highly involved on it….I have written about it here on Back’nGroovemom and on my blog and for StartUpNation. It is fun, relevant, and in real-time. I love it, and I know that I will not discontinue my involvement there. Twitter has also allowed me to make some fabulous connections in the mompreneur/small business world.
Then, there is Linked-In. I have a profile, and I go in spurts in using Linked-In. There are times when I am more involved than others.
Now those are the stats, details, and specifics of where and when I engage. The real deal is that I am a firm believer in being TRUE to who you are on social media. I do all my own social media adding my own FLAVOR. I do not use automatically generated material, I come up with all that sh*t on my own (whether you like it or not).
In MY opinion, I think one has success in social media when they are who they are….when they are REAL.
So, I cannot say whether I like, dislike or love Google +, just that I don’t know if I have the TIME to do it! I have heard everything from “it is going to be better than Facebook” to “look what happened to Google Buzz.” I still cannot render an actual opinion….I am still investigating the circles, making the profile, and in general – how it works.
What I do know, is that I only have 24 hours in a day, and I am a mom & mompreneur, and I need to sleep and eat for a few of those hours, too. AND, do I really need another social media profile to manage? Really?
The jury is out as to whether I have time to invest in another social network AND if it worthwhile for me to invest my time in it?
I am not the only one with these thoughts — How many places can I be connected? How many sites can I manage? Will I be diluted if I am on too many sites?
I do not know the answers. I just know that Google + may or may not be amazing, but at the moment, I do not know that I have the time to find that out. I may eat these words in a few months…we will see.
If you are Google +, what are your favorite features? Convince me!