I would say that Google has created the social media mothership with the best features of the current platforms now in Google+. Does that make them a late adapter? For those whom I recently invited, below is the tour with some references to our social media comfort zones.
- Circles enable you to select the group that can view a message. You can maintain your professional relationships and not burden them with dining and dog photos, yet still see the newborn updates from friends (LinkedIn + Facebook). Advice from the web-world: maintain a small number of circles at first.
- Hangouts are the Skype-like, video chat feature.
- As soon as Google has a dinner meeting with Apple (hopefully somewhere nice, they deserve it), I look forward to the option of the instant photo uploads with an app in the App Store.
- Sparks let Google+ have keyword content waiting for you (StumbleUpon).
- Huddles, a.k.a. group chat, may be useful but I am surprised that this is one of the top five features. However, I will admit that what I disregard at first, I end up loving the most.
- The +1 sharing feature adds additional value across the Google platform by enabling easy content sharing and endorsement. This is Google’s own share button that I am guessing we will see everywhere.
- Pressing j or k lets you jump up and down each post.
- To direct message a person, simply select the person and post to your stream (only they can see it).
- Want your own vanity URL? Gplus.to will make it for you.
- Advice from the web-world: find some people to follow and see what they are doing, and who they follow (Twitter).
- Lastly, Deb Mourey must love the blog-style feeds and Google’s apparent promotion of the blog channel and content medium.
Based on the fact that I have no interest in turning this list into an official class post for a grade, the extra 100 words and my refusal to cut any, please love it, and keep it, in hopes of persuading you to join a circle of mine on Google+. From your geeky in a good way friend, Kelly (gplus.to/kellymueller).
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