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As if I don't have enough online distractions, along comes Google's G+, Google's answer to facebook. I managed to snag an invite and have been trying it out. One neat feature is that you can set up circles of contacts: family, friends, acquaintances and custom special interest circles. So for instance you can set up a circle for your photography friends. That way comments you make to to that group don't have to be shared with everyone. You can set your comment options so that a comment only goes a specific circle. Or you can post to all your circles.

So far NO idiotic Farmville updates or apps asking to click on it to learn whether or not some friend thinks I can keep a secret. I suppose though it is only a matter of time...

Anyone else using G+? What do you think? Will you abandon Facebook or other Social Network sites?

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Jessica Schilling 3 years, 5 months ago

We're using Google+ at the Journal-World. Have you added us to your circles yet? We're at https://plus.google.com/#112079053168...

Also, I'm hoping to write up a few thoughts on G+ sometime today for the social media blog: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/social-media-blog/ Would be interested in hearing what you think.

Paul Decelles 3 years, 5 months ago

Jessica,

I added the ljworld's G+ site to the circle for people I am following. I guess Google believes that corporations really are people. Yesterday I also loaded the plug ins for the Hangout video- aside to others- that feature allows you apparently to carry out a video chat with up to 10 friends at the same time. That was pretty painless, but there was no one around to "Hangout" with. I can see that as a fun feature for teaching.

Also if you have an Android phone the Google Plus app is very nice and integrates with some other Google services, so it has tabs for gmail, Google calendar etc which is nice.

Again the circle feature is really interesting but I think people will have to really think about how many circles is the right number and how much overlap if any they want to have between circles.

I really like the uncluttered look compared to Face Book or the horrors of My Spaceand I think that Google's tendency to keep its services visually simple is one of the factors in Google's success.

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