You may have seen that lately we have been tweeting as have others about Google’s latest entry into the world of Social Media, known as Google + or Google Plus, this latest venture is currently in Beta test mode, so why all the fuss?
Google + Features
Having recently received an invite to Google + we set an account up in order to have a play and see exactly what all of the noise on Twitter and elsewhere has been about and I must say that our initial reactions are promising, within minutes we had the account setup and the profile filled in and set about learning how to use some of the features of this latest social media network.
One of the things that struck me straight away as being a great idea was the Circles+ feature. Circles + allows you to visually sort all of your contacts and friends into simple and recognisable groups and then share relevant information with just that “circle” of friends, so for example if you wanted to discuss how good or bad the latest episode of “Glee” was then you would probably want to keep that to your friends, whereas discussing how good the latest networking event has been would be shared with your work colleagues and business acquaintances. Its a clever way of sorting information that you want visible to specifics and not everyone, after all we separate things like this in our real lives so why not in our social ones.
As Google so aptly quotes “You share different things with different people. So sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself – just like real life.”
Google + Sparks
Another interesting looking feature of the Google+ social network is a feature called Sparks, which allows you to sort out stories and articles on subjects that interest you into one area for discussion with your circles or just convenient resource for your own areas of interest. When you first arrive in sparks there is a nice graphical display that features a collection of popular interests, you can select from any of these you choose and if nothing strikes your fancy then you can use the convenient search option to find topics that interest you.
Once you have find something of interest, you can then of course share that with your Circles using the simple and easy drag and drop functionality.
Google +, certainly looks here to stay with claims that they have already reached some 10 million + users, is it a Facebook killer?, well that remains to be seen and I am certain we will be discussing other elements of this latest foray into the world of Social Networking in the pages of this blog in the near future.
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