There have been a few murmurs and mutterings about Google+ in the office lately with most of the guys being of the opinion that it is pretty amazing. (And a few others saying “pah, five years too late!”) So what are the main advantages of having yet another social networking site?
From the buzz in the office, it appears that the advantage of Google+ is that it provides a multi-faceted service that brings a lot to the table with features like Circles, Hang Out, and Huddle. Also we have found that it is really easy to find good people and add those using Google Circles, rather than spending lots of time honing and pruning your list.
What are Google Circles? Google Circles are groups of friends you organize by topic: friends, family, housemates, classmates, and so on. From the Circles page you can drag and drop contacts into each of these groups, which make it easier to share what you want with them. It’s quick and painless. In just over 48 hours and maybe a total of an hour of intermittent usage I’ve been able to find over 150 business contacts, that’s good people!
For those who are already in or will be soon, there are some great tips for getting started already posted on Google+ itself. Google+ will feature on Android and, if you have one, once you receive your Google+ invite, you can download the app which will then give you a Twitter-like “stream” of updates from your friends
Google + is still a closed beta at present and mostly filled with techies, journalists and social media enthusiasts. However, there is no doubt that very soon Google+ will be widely available.
Up to now, Google has scored a hit in nearly every space in which it’s dipped into: search, email, ads, office software and so on. There’s always been one conspicuous exception to this rule: social networking. But now it appears that Google is finally succeeding in its goal to becoming social and it look as though Google+ may be on course to becoming the default public social network.