Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Google+

I spent most of the end of last week and the beginning of this week trying to get into and figure out Google’s new addition to the social networking game, Google+. I’m still trying to figure it out, actually. But, from what I can gather, Google+ allows you to only share certain information with certain “circles,” share your interests with like-minded people and – at least attempts – to create a “hangout” atmosphere online.

Not everyone is on board with this new project. And having played around with it for a few days, I can see their point. With my admittedly limited knowledge, Google+ seems very Facebook-y, without a compelling reason for me to switch. But I’m still experimenting, so I’m keeping an open mind.

Did you get in on the Google+ field test? Do you want to? What is your favorite feature? Will you use Google+ in addition to Facebook, or in lieu of it? Or do you think this whole venture is superfluous and that Google should just stick with designing neato logos on important dates?

(Note: You may have noticed that this post is oddly similar to the “Pop Quiz.” That’s because it’s exactly the same feature, just under a different name. Why? Funny story. You see, it comes down to me being a forgetful procrastinator. Whenever we introduce a new feature, we have extensive back channel discussions on, among other things, what it should be called. We discussed this feature weeks before we put it into action and decided on the name “Speak Your Mind.” But I…uh…forgot. So when I finally got around to implementing the idea, I just chose a name. And it so happens to be a name that was resoundingly rejected by, well, everyone. But they are so nice that no one told me about it until now. So that is the story of why “Pop Quiz” is now “Speak Your Mind.”)

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  1. July 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm —

    I was fishing for an invite the second it went live… and was SUPER excited when I finally got one. I would get rid of facebook in a nano-second if more people were on google+… unfortunately my non-nerdy friends have no idea what it even is! If I could convince about a dozen more people to get it, and check it just as frequently as FB then I would definitely be leaving FB behind. But FB has become so universal! Like you meet a new person and you just have to say “Facebook me” and you know they’ll have it. …If google plus is going to be popular EVERYONE needs to use it, which I hope happens, but I’m not super optimistic about it.

    It’s super pretty and I love the circles idea a lot.

  2. July 14, 2011 at 5:09 am —

    Why ditch facebook? Sure, there are some issues and problems, but do I really want to move even more of my internet time into the google-sphere?

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