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Who is on Google Plus?

For such a wee little place, it seems like Duluth has a pretty large footprint. Your thoughts? Comments?

I’ve been enjoying it, but it is definitely a very tech heavy crowd that I’ve seen so far (for obvious reasons, who else would you want to beta test something?). But I’m always game for connecting more with liberal arts, socks-with-sandals, bumper-sticker activist types.

18 Comments

Sjixxxy

about 11 years ago

I am. Though I haven't really dug into it at all yet. Part of me doesn't care to want to learn yet another Social media site.

Frank

about 11 years ago

I am on the +.  I thought the linking of other accounts was not very intuitive, but the rest of the features perform well.  Since it is a beta, I am assuming it will be tech heavy until they open it to the masses.  It looks like they are integrating + pretty well with iGoogle and the other customizable apps in the Google toolbox.  I see my old profile was overwritten with my + info.  I will continue to use it and see how I can grow my friends.  The circles idea was one that was developed back in the early 2000 by a company called My Circles.  I was involved in that project.  Circles are very difficult to manage, but not as difficult as privacy settings in Facebook.

Dug

about 11 years ago

I am still waiting to be accepted so I can check it out.

Barrett Chase

about 11 years ago

I'm on. I really hope it catches on, because one thing I hate about Facebook is that everyone has to share everything with everyone they've ever met. Google+ allows you to very easily direct certain things only to relevant/interested people. So you can feed your baby photos to your sister, but not to your boss or to the person you sat next to in second grade. You can discuss work with your coworkers without boring your other friends. Etc, etc.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

It amazed me how much work I had to go through to keep my mother from seeing most of what I do, and she still managed to see drunken college photos of me.

I'll be moving to Google+ once I get in (I put my name on the list and have a pending invite from a tech insider who is currently using it).

wildgoose

about 11 years ago

I don't have invites or you interested folks would all be invited.  

Barrett and about 300 robots that follow me on twitter know that I share a lot and it is all over the place, professional stuff, Duluthophile (#dlh) stuff, and more, mainly lots and lots of inane comments about my family and kids and crappy snapshots with a cell phone cam.  Same for Facebook.  So I love the promise of circles.  I'm wondering if Frank could share more about why it is hard to do?

Barrett Chase

about 11 years ago

I too would like to know what Frank meant about circles being "very difficult to manage."

One thing I fear is that Google will make it cheap and easy for all those cheesy game companies like Zynga to migrate over and integrate their awfulness. Social networking is great when it actually connects people in a meaningful way, but if I have to friend you out of guilt and immediately hide you to keep from being bombarded by annoying garish spam-like requests for help with your virtual farm, the system has failed.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Facebook does allow you to block updates from various apps (which is nice if you want to see that so-and-so posted hillarious drunken photos of themselves, but could give a rat's ass that they are now a 12th level mobster in Mafia Wars). Just blocking all the game-app comments cut my facebook feed by 60%.

Barrett Chase

about 11 years ago

Right. But so far Google+ does not have such options. It's really one-directional. I can put my contacts into "circles" so that I can feed specific content to each of them: friends, family, coworkers, whatever. But there is no option on the other end for my contacts to agree to receive such content. It's fine if you're dealing with a bunch of beta-testing nerds, but once your Aunt Sally joins and starts sending out 600 My Little Green Patch requests every day, it's another story. Either they'll need to implement some sort of way to politely opt-out at that point, or you'll have to actually encourage Aunt Sally to (gasp) start being more considerate.

What I would really like to see is for Google to disallow that type of nonsense altogether and encourage people to simply talk to one another. I understand that this is a business designed to make money and gather marketing information, however.

Right now Google+ looks and feels really clean in comparison to Facebook, the way Facebook did in comparison to MySpace. I hope it can remain that way.

wildgoose

about 11 years ago

Interesting, Barrett.  I was just thinking MySpace is looking kind of clean and tame compared to the evolution of Facebook.  I also have blocked most game apps from notifying me on facebook although a few occasionally sneak through.  I think games may be an evolutionary stage of social media, though.  As in, when I started on FB I played games but I don't anymore.  Many casual and new usuers seem to really enjoy the games but once you realize that they don't really do much and the whole point is to get people to sit online and view ads.  Not long after the demise of Scrabulous I realiized that social media games were all played out for me, pardon the pun.

wildgoose

about 11 years ago

I have invites now.  I'm not sure how many but I don't mind sharing as long as I've got 'em.  Let me know.

ironic1

about 11 years ago

I'm interested in it.  I've had a couple people send me invitations, but I haven't received notice yet.

ruby2sd4y

about 11 years ago

I was recently invited and accepted to join. 

Before creating anything beyond the initial account (not adding anything - note: as you do enter info, there is a 'web' button which you can click to allow/disallow permissions of each section to web, circles, extended circles, me only, etc. and more in various places as well - some areas did not have the option and will be shared regardless, such as the name/ID you use), I decided to do a little reading and came upon a pretty all encompassing review under the "Reader" tab of Google's new menu bar done by a techie on his/her own blog and fed to Google's recent feeds about Google+ and what people who are using it think about the review, and more in the comments too.

The Reader is kind of fun, and addresses everything from funny icanhaz sorts of pics created (mainly taking the piss out of facebook and other social networking sites), to actual reports, and other questions, or reviews, entertainment items, and more. 

I clicked this link to read the review from the originating blogsite and noticed it had also been updated in regards to the TOS for Picasa (Google+ uses Picasa as the photo interface). 

Anyway, for those of you who don't have yet, and want to know more, this overview/comparison helped me to see some differences - especially since I am not at all a facef*ck or twithead fan - by choice - due to all it's issues, limits, lack of certain features, dislike of how messy it looks, and permissions reasons.

Anyway, hope this helps those who are seeking more info, or wondering where to find their invites. 

Whether or not it'll be worth my time or anyone else's remains to be seen. As some have mentioned, it gets old creating profiles and loading all your stuff only for some new shiny to come along and do it all again, making one question if it's really worth it to be spending so much time online vs off in real social settings, yadda yadda. (At least for me until the weather turns crap.)

Also, once you accept your account, you can invite others - there was no waiting period, once I had located the invite link (Go to your homepage, then scroll down, and you'll find the invite icon is the last in the list in the right-hand column.), I sent one to another of my Gmail accounts to test.

The review says it's limited to those with Gmail accounts, whether that's still true or not, I don't know as I didn't bother to send to a non-gmail acct as of yet, but even if you have to make a Gmail just to try it out, no biggie, unless of course you hate Google and Gmail, as some do. 
To each their own.

Cheers!

wildgoose

about 11 years ago

Thanks Ruby for the detailed comments.

ruby2sd4y

about 11 years ago

Came across a more detailed explanation on LifeHacker of the pluses/minuses/how to control privacy and information in google+ which may be of interest to those of you looking for more specifics.

Cheers!

Les F

about 11 years ago

I am using it. I never used Facebook, it's the devils work! Too many ways to get in trouble there.  With Google+ I can put my friends in their own little compartments so my great aunt won't have to see the link to the naughty joke my friend has sent me, etc. The problem is it may be a bit too complex for a lot of FB users.

Les F

about 11 years ago

Is anyone still looking for an invite to google+  I don't mind kicking a few over to PDD users.

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