Gini Dietrich

The Google+ Project Is Here

By: Gini Dietrich | June 29, 2011 | 
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Well, the Google+ Project is here (sort of – they’re rolling it out slowly to high influencers first) and I don’t know what to make of it.

Yes, this is different than +1, which was introduced publicly a few weeks ago. Yes, it (seemingly) is yet another thing you have to try to fit into your life. Yes, this is their answer to Facebook.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a beta invitation. I’m looking at the same information as everyone else. But I have to say, I’m a bit overwhelmed.

There are five different projects within the whole: +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile, and +Huddle.

Ai yi yi!

The Breakdown

Circles

+Circles was announced (or leaked?) at South by Southwest this year and this is our first inkling of how it will actually work. It’s really the same as the lists you create in Facebook. You create circles of friends: Family, acquaintances, social media friends, business colleagues, etc. And you drop people into those circles based on the type of information you’d like them to have about you. Then you update them with information, at different times, that doesn’t go to everyone. For instance, I’m very careful about talking about my travel plans online. But I could update my family Circle really easily without fear that a stranger will see it.

Sparks

+Sparks is like the discussion groups of old. You type in a topic of something you love – cycling, food, wine, shoes – and then you share the information you’ve found. Other people, from around the world who share those same passions, can comment and create conversation around your topic. The +1 button is pretty prevalent in +Sparks; it’s used as the “like” button is on Facebook.

Hangouts

The idea behind +Hangouts is you can quickly “hang out” with people who, at that moment, are online. So, rather than scheduling a Skype call or a Facetime chat, you go into your Circles, see who is available and begin chatting on-screen. They use the word “bored” in their promotion; people who are bored can quickly find someone to chat with without having to schedule time.

Mobile

+Mobile is a way to share photos and videos, just like you do on Facebook. But you can share with people in your Circles or, with your permission, Google will upload them to a private cloud where people with similar interests can view them. It’s Facebook + Pinterest.

Huddle

+Huddle is group messaging that allows you to update everyone at once, if there are any changes. So think about evites with a way to update everyone at the last minute should it rain. Or if the location sucks. Or if there is an emergency. This is the most promising of all of the features; it’s not something you can easily do through Facebook.

What Does All of this Mean?

I think the biggest thing they’re saying here is: How you develop your networks is up to you. They’ll never create a new feature and give it to everyone, making you opt out. But it is another social network. Granted you have more control, but while it’s seemingly more private, it’s still Google and everything you say and do online lives on forever.

As soon as I get my beta invitation (if I get a beta invitation??), I’ll do the work to help you figure out if this is for you.

For now, though, it’s just coming soon.

P.S. I recommend watching the videos they have about each feature. You can find them by clicking here.

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About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • douglaskling

    @ginidietrich Thanks for the article, Gini. I finally know who to put “Ay Yi Yi” in print!

  • ginidietrich

    @douglaskling LOL! I guessed about how to spell it!

  • HowieSPM

    Supposedly its Facebook but with Privacy. If that is the case I will close my Facebook account and invite all my friends to Google the day I get an invite. Plus Google has always been Opt In vs Opt Out when they add things. Which to me increases my trust in them significantly.

    I had hoped it would of been someone else doing this like Diaspora but see what happens when you are late to market. The great thing for Google is everyone has google accounts and I bet they will integrate this with Android and Chrome in ways Facebook could really only dream of.

    Fingers crossed because I am really super duper excited.

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM You so didn’t read the whole post, did you?! That’s what I said. LOL!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM Oh and yes…you’ll have to use Chrome and it’ll come to the app store for Android first.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich I read the post just didnt get to the links yet! Now I am not a Chrome fan because I like blocking all digital ads with Firefox. But it works smoother than Firefox. As you can tell I was giddy. LOL

  • ThePaulSutton

    The way I see it, Gini, Google is focusing on useful features and social tools rather than creating a direct Facebook competitor. It looks to me to be an attempt to bring together search, social and, chiefly, mobile through a platform of different tools, some of which will interest you as an individual, some of which will not.

    For me, Google+ is an evolution of what Google already does really well and of what’s happening on mobile. And it’s mobile that this could really impact on due to Android. I reckon it’s got HUGE promise and is far and beyond simply a ‘Facebook competitor’ as it’s being labelled. The integration with Android, and probably Chrome too, could make this something big and unique in its own right.

  • ginidietrich

    @ThePaulSutton In their intro video, they say it’s a competitor without saying the evil Facebook word. And they also talk about the integration with Chrome, so I think you’re right on that one for sure. As a marketer, I think it’s pretty freaking cool. As a consumer, though, it’s exhausting to think about having to build community in yet another place. Facebook works well for me. It may take some pain for me to switch.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich Btw do you know why they have a chance at success? Eric Schmidt left the running of the company. He seriously in my opinion was their biggest handicap. Great manager. Horrible visionary. And he says dumb things. Like when they bought Admob his reason was so they can send an ad for a pizza at 5pm to your phone when you are about to drive home. In Cannes last week he used Moore’s Law to explain internet penetration in the third world. Moore’s law says computing power will double every 18 months and cost half as much. He said: If a country has 40% internet usage then in 18 months because of Moore’s law it will be 80%. Uhm OK Eric and then 160%? (see LSD does damage the brain)

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM LSD and the money to buy it does damage to the brain.

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich It’s the 29th. And thank you! Owe you a hug.

  • ThePaulSutton

    @ginidietrich Not sure it will be a ‘switch’ though, will it? Let’s face it, most of us have Google accounts, so we’ll all connect up pretty easily via Google+. And that’ll open up a suite of other tools that we can use, like Hangouts, for example. My guess is it’ll be used in a different way to Facebook as you’re right, I ain’t switchin’ and I ain’t gonna start piling a load of status updates into Google+ either! :o)

  • “They’ll never create a new feature and give it to everyone, making you opt out….” – Ironically this is why Wave failed. Had they made wave the new version of GMail we wouldn’t be talking about this right now. I’m not suggesting they should have – I’m just saying that was the pathway to mainstream adoption.

  • ginidietrich

    @ThePaulSutton I just don’t see myself using both. One more thing makes my eyes want to bleed. But you’re right…I probably will. If only to be smart about what’s going on in the social world. But how many people do you think will do that?

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis Wave was too hard to figure out. We talk about this on inside_pr today: There are A LOT of things you can do with this. It’s not intuitive. Rather than competing with Facebook, why not beat them??

  • @ginidietrich @ThePaulSutton To the degree Paul is right, I’ll be using it. I see some benefit that may make my current workflow easier. I do not see people sharing status updates there – but it will make things easier in terms of creating lists of people. They’re marketing around the noise that is twitter and facebook right now. Will be interesting to watch.

  • @ginidietrich inside_pr The biggest challenge Google has with this is the same challenge they have had with every other endeavor. To 99% of the world Google = Search. They stumbled into an AMAZING business model that helped them make buildings-full of cash. Does that mean they can tap the amazing number of “customers” and pull them in another direction? Clearly no. The only other success they can point to is Gmail. Virtually every other “new” thing they have launched has failed.

    Don’t get me wrong. I have a great deal of admiration for them and they are innovating like crazy. I give them a LOT of credit for trying these things. Most of their minor successes were through (smart) acquisition.

    I do see the value in this, but I’m not sure whether this can “beat” facebook. Again, I plan to use it because it has the potential to significantly make my workflow easier. Hell, I want it now. But its tough to “compete” with 800 million users who instinctively think of the other guy when they think of X.

    Just ask Bing.

  • walkerjsil7

    @UKSportsNetwork http://bit.ly/iiONPI

  • mariongroup

    @Sean McGinnis

    Cool overview. I was starting to get interested and yet taken back that Google was releasing this “new best thing you ever heard off” but then not allowing most people to use it. I see the point of doing that no doubt but like Sean McGinnis mentioned already that really shoots themselves in the foot.

    @mariongroup

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich Watching the videos it the service makes logical sense to me. Has some features that blow away facebook like the hangout feature, and I think they have a trust factor. Wave I bet is part of the infrastructure because I liked the concept. Remember we all had to join facebook after already having tricked out Myspace pages. In face most people had a significantly higher investment in their Myspace presence than they have ever put into Facebook and they left. So yes if Google can show the value they just might be a contender.

    But that is the key. Show me a value to move. If you do I am gone. There is zero loyalty to facebook.

    The BIG Question is what happens to Social Media marketing if Google has no brand pages, no open graph, etc They have a deals service to compete with groupon. But if Facebook was gone in 2 years (my guess is 4 anyway since it is in serious decline) what does this do to the Social Agencies? Oh wait @ginidietrich already has a video about them dying 8)

  • ThePaulSutton

    @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich I agree Sean. As I say, I see it more as a suite of social tools, not a network for sharing status updates (although I’m sure Google would love that). Here’s a thought then: if Google was clever about it, further down the line could they integrate those tools with Facebook and Twitter (like they tried with Buzz but not such a horrendous mess!) to pull people across? Or is that a wild, fanciful and ultimately stoopid suggestion…?!

  • HLeichsenring

    Thanks for the great summary of the “new” Google project

    Kind regards from Germany

    Hansjörg

  • HowieSPM

    @mariongroup @Sean McGinnis Facebook did this the exact same way! You needed a real college email address it was only for college students. In fact because it was closed and private that is why it was important to college students. It was only 2 years ago that Facebook migrated from a communication platform to an exploit the users for marketing purposes platform. Something B-Schools will be studying for decades as a business model blunder.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @ThePaulSutton @Sean McGinnis I had a Friendster Network. Then Myspace. Then Facebook. Then Twitter. The two most painful for me to change will be Twitter and Myspace hurt a lot because of my passion for music. Facebook is not a music platform like Myspace was. Also facebook is funny. I connected with a ton of old friends on Facebook only to never talk with them again after connecting LOL

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich Or maybe he is one of those rare people that is so freaking smart they seem not smart when they talk?

  • mariongroup

    @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis

    True FB was a closed model when it started but I think the overall view of Social Media has changed since FB started. Not sure who said it here on another comment but I guess its all about how much value they give. I love Social Media but Im not loyal to Facebook. We use it and it has its value but Google+ may present just as much value….maybe even without all the downsides.

  • @mariongroup @HowieSPM The big question is will consumers agree with this view? 80% of people (made up statistic) don;t care about the privacy issues. Zuckerberg is right with that one.

    I’m interested in your view about the current decline and blunders of facebook Howie. I’m of the opinion that the facebook success is what will be studied by B schools – and that success was based almost entirely on opening up the platform to external developers, the same that Apple did with the app store.

  • amfunderburk1

    @k8_j I think it is a great idea. I’m very interested to see what happens with it. cc: @ginidietrich #prstudchat #prssa #pr20chat

  • pouchikuuth4
  • @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @ThePaulSutton Awesome. My pal and biz partner w 12 Most @danielnewmanUV is fond of saying:

    “Twitter makes me love people I never even knew. Facebook makes me hate the ones I already know.”

  • @Sean McGinnis @mariongroup @HowieSPM to me the closed invite system worked with Gmail and they are going BACK to that model instead of the Buzz/Wave model of here it is use it (develops some fanatics/ builds buzz/creates apostles)

    Also is essentially a large beta, which they are “out” of but still nice to have

    the success relies not on privacy as much as people are sick of the difficulties of parsing their facebook “friends” down- there are no “circles” there…

  • @faybiz @mariongroup @HowieSPM Ironic insofar as I was complaining just within the last several weeks that I wanted Facebook to fully implement “lists” a la twitter. Would be very easy to do and could use a tabbed approach like tweetdeck or Hootsuite. Would make facebook MUCH more useful to me.

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @mariongroup I agree and disagree Sean. We know Twitter is public and behave (most of us) in a certain way on the network. Facebook is different. Over 70% of all facebook accounts are 100% private. Including the accounts of most Social Media Experts. That to me is proof we want private for our personal lives. Twitter isn’t my personal life but Facebook is.

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @faybiz @mariongroup I had an email exchange with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (backer of Twitter, 4SQ, Tumblr etc) last year about Social network biz models. I asked him why Twitter or Facebook don’t focus on the comm platform and charge us for it. My point was Facebook 2 yrs ago could of charged $3 a month and if only 200mil accepted it would rank them 314 on the Fortune 500 and have $7b in revenues (notice how far behind they are from that). My reasoning is we pay so much for cell service and mobile web and internet who wouldn’t pay $3 for a great comm platform. He said ‘Ad Support is the only way they can make money’ which to me says ‘exploiting the user base is the only way to make money.

    No one asked us those who use the network what we want. And Fan Pages are a massive failure. When brands with millions of fans get only hundreds of interactions either 1] we dont care about brands in our network 2] the platform sucks for this of 3] both

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich @ThePaulSutton @danielnewmanUV That is why I haven’t asked you to be my friend on Facebook Sean. I want to keep loving you.

  • jwuchich

    @ginidietrich Seen Matthew’s Story? Ur DAILY vote can help #makeadifference http://deck.ly/~tzfkM (link under video 2 vote) – pls RT! 🙂

  • JGoldsborough

    @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich See, I think there is HUGE loyalty to Facebook. Because that is where people have built there circles of friends. Google may have a Circle of Friends feature, but I already have my circle created on Facebook. That’s where everybody is.

    People may use Google+ if it becomes a seamless part of the Google user experience. IOW, if it just makes sense to use it, is integrated into Gmail, etc. But I won’t be leaving Facebook anytime soon unless everyone else leaves. And 750 million people, including half the U.S. population, say Facebook is the place to be. Plus, Google has to fight the Buzz and Wave perception demons on the way to adoption.

  • @Sean McGinnis @mariongroup @HowieSPM They do exist but are so functionally hard to use it is worthless. My only question becomes, can Google find a way around to integrate the outside services in such a way to make them eat it?

  • @HowieSPM @faybiz @mariongroup Boy are we in agreement on the business model issue. I’d like nothing better than to see Twitter charge $3 a month. It would eliminate ALL spam. All of it. And those of us who find value as a communication platform would be happier – but others would lose out on a broader audience I suppose. Hadn’t thought of Facebook as another potential user of that model.

    In general, I think we’re all far too infatuated with the “big numbers” associated with these “eyeballs”.

  • @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich ++++++++ I agree completely. Facebook has HUGE loyalty for a number of reasons – first and foremost is that is where our networks live. The move into pics was huge for them. I now use it as my photo sharing platform (sorry Flickr, I still love you but facebook is where my parents are so we had to break up….)

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @JGoldsborough @ginidietrich I disagree. We have loyalty to our friends not Facebook. Big difference. If all our friends left wouldn’t we?

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @faybiz @mariongroup I like to say to people and potential clients that we don’t get a free IPhone from Apple and service from ATT in exchange for having calls interrupted by ads. Charge for the service and then reinvest in the user experience. I get amazed at how much we pay for stuff sometimes. If Facebook charged $3/month and had 200 mil doing so they could toss all marketing out the window. That would put half the AdAge top 50 blogs out of business (maybe Mashable) and a bunch of agencies like Likeable and Vitrue instantly.

  • HowieSPM

    I’m hanging out here all day =P

  • DonovanGroupInc

    Be interesting if this “takes hold” or simply goes the way of other attempts by Google to take on Facebook. This is a great summary BFF and definitely worth looking into further as you suggest re: videos. Am happy to already have you in my non-Google +Circle. 🙂

  • @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Aside from making me decipher the IOW acronym, which I finally did, I think this may be the crux of the matter; getting the people to make the switch.

    Even if the cool kids and early adopters latch on to it, and really pump it up, it will take a long time for the mainstream to make the switch. FB may have 750 million people on it, but think about all the people you know IRL that still aren’t on it. And as @Sean McGinnis just said, our parents are only JUST figuring it out. Huge bell curve, and to make the switch? I see a long and flat bell curve. Not that it can’t happen.

    Eventually, the popular bar in college changes.

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  • @HowieSPM @faybiz @mariongroup yes but…..

    The problem with that model is what happens to the developers. The in game ads and such are what create incentive for them to build. When they build, there is higher engagement and greater reason to stay on site longer.

    Each model has its pluses and minuses. i suppose some of that could be done “in-house” at facebook given the new revenue stream, but trade-offs do exist.

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM I have a brother like that. He’s so smart no one knows what the heck he’s saying. Mix that with no social skills and it can be a problem.

  • leedela

    Lots of opinions on Google+ – good, bad and balanced. Here’s a rundown of what the top bloggers and publications (including this one) have to say about it http://leedela.com/2011/06/28/google-1-technopundits-weigh-in/

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis @danielnewmanUV Note to self: Unfriend Dan on Facebook.

  • ginidietrich

    @ThePaulSutton @Sean McGinnis I think it’s a great idea, Paul, but I can see NO reason Google would go anywhere near letting Facebook on their platform. Kind of like flash and Apple. You know, if they just let us rule the world, things would be a lot easier.

  • ginidietrich

    @HLeichsenring You’re welcome! We’ll see how it does…if it crashes like Buzz and Wave did.

  • @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @Sean McGinnis Lisa, why is it an either or? You use google/twitter/FB now. If goog can figure out out to get you to use the platform and still have the access to FB, wouldn’t you?

    They finally figured this was about identity, not the platform or even necessarily privacy.

  • bricefaubel

    @ginidietrich So far, generally a lot like FB, but cleaner 🙂 Definitely needs more people involved to get a real feel for it.

  • Eventually Google is going to get it right, we need a counter balance to Facebook. 😉

  • @faybiz @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Quick Q – is a Google account or a Google PROFILE a requirement to use? If the latter, there’s a HUGE stumbling block to adoption.

  • @HowieSPM @JGoldsborough @ginidietrich Yes but….

    Which came first? The chicken or the egg? 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM Howie, I love you. #thatisall

  • HLeichsenring
  • HLeichsenring

    @ginidietrichI do not really think it will crash. This is maybe Googles last chance in Social networks, so they will do everything to succeed

  • HLeichsenring

    @ginidietrich I do not really think it will crash. This is maybe Googles last chance in Social networks, so they will do everything to succeed

  • @Sean McGinnis @faybiz @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich I disagree Sean, look at it this way people have to create a Facebook account. Many people already have a Google account. The barrier to participation is lower than Facebook. 🙂

  • @Sean McGinnis @faybiz @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich I disagree Sean, look at it this way people have to create a Facebook account. Many people already have a Google account. The barrier to participation is lower than Facebook. 🙂

  • ThePaulSutton

    @ginidietrich @Sean McGinnis We could call ourselves Disapora, raise millions and never be heard of again…

  • @ginidietrich @HowieSPM +1

  • This may be the first time that we’ve written on the same topic at exactly the same time! I had a rather different take on google+, quite a bit more boring … er, philosophical, as is my wont, but I can see that google “gets” a lot of things that basefook just doesn’t.

    http://tinyurl.com/3ocq7z7

    I’d love to know what all of you think about my take on this. Thanks!

  • @hackmanj @faybiz @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich See my earlier comment. I don’t know the answer to this question but it is important. is the requirement to play a Google account or a google profile. Not the same thing and that extra step may be painful in terms of adoption rates.

  • @ThePaulSutton @ginidietrich LMFAO!

  • adamtoporek

    @HowieSPM I would say it is the illusion of privacy, more than actual privacy. By allowing you to share more selectively with your networks, you feel free to share more in general, and thus you share more with Google. G may not be Facebook with its anti-privacy stance, but it is a large multinational corporation — not exactly the definition of a trusted confidante.

  • ginidietrich

    @douglaskling I love you for that tweet!

  • ginidietrich

    @LianaMiller Hi guinea pig! 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood Did you see it??

  • ginidietrich

    @MichaelBowers It IS a lot of moving parts. Oy.

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich I did! Thanks for the mention!! But FYI, I don’t own said book. It’s all me dear. I like that pic they used of you. Hawt!

  • webjock

    RT @xcutpr RT @ginidietrich: The Google+ Project is their answer to Facebook. I break it down for you http://t.co/aykCQVY

  • LianaMiller

    @ginidietrich :). Love being a guinea pig!

  • ginidietrich

    @mariongroup Thanks! Hi-five back!

  • ginidietrich

    @JGoldsborough I can’t see it either!

  • ginidietrich

    @bricefaubel Totally agree…can’t wait to see what they do

  • @Sean McGinnis @mariongroup @HowieSPM I wonder about this and whether it is ignorance surrounding privacy issues or if they truly don’t care.

    I am not sure.

  • ginidietrich

    @Rieva Morning!

  • bricefaubel

    @ginidietrich I added you to one of my circles which, of course, is totally useless to you at this point 😉

  • HowieSPM

    @wabbitoid EXCELLENT post Erik!

  • Rieva

    @ginidietrich Hi there

  • HowieSPM

    @hackmanj I already reserved you a hangout spot so you can do your podcasts live!

  • I used to think my feet were big (12EEE) and then I realized that my digital footprint is enormous.

    I have 27 email accounts, two FB accounts, four blogs, a LinkedIn account and relatively little time to use them all. Been trying to simplify things so I am a bit hesitant to dive into this until I see it being used.

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood You don’t own a comedian’s encyclopedia? Did I make that up?

  • ginidietrich

    @LianaMiller I love that you don’t mind. It’s super helpful for me

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich yes ma’am. I do not own a book like that. It’s all out of my head.

  • HowieSPM

    @DonovanGroupInc What I want to see is a defense of Facebook. rarely does anyone show me their value aside from, well my friends are there. With so few participating on Brand pages, open graph, deals and places, which Facebook is betting the house on, I never hear the ‘I love Farmville’ or ‘Its the best place for keeping up with friends’ because personally when I log in I see 300+ updates I havent seen and I surely only view 25 or so of them myself. So it is a flawed platform. Ripe for something better. But I agree it doesn’t have to be google.

    We also have a flawed Westerncentric View since there are massive networks elsewhere in the world we forget about. What if one captures our attention?

  • ginidietrich

    @bricefaubel I hope it’s to the Ultra Cool Cycling Friends circle

  • HowieSPM

    @TheJackB now you just validated the opposite view of @Sean McGinnis who wanted it just opened to us all. I have wished I could integrate everything into one place. The problem is then what happens if a better place shows up and I have to migrate it all. Is the ‘trap’ of that something we should resist? meaning since it is proven monopolies tend to push against innovation wouldn’t that happen if we all gave up and said ‘we can’t leave because we are all here’?

    I think this is something we will be dealing with forever after until we just get seamless with the Matrix and are able to connect with anyone in anyway we want on any platform with just a thought.

  • danielnewmanUV

    I know that Google for search is a big deal – but I’m just not sure there is anything here that is really going to drive people away from their current networking and social circles.

    Knowing that Google has the budget to make this fly, I guess only time will tell.

    One thing is for sure, it can’t possibly be worse than +1 in its current form (virtually useless)

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Don’t worry, I’ve had @ginidietrich make up WAY worse stuff than that.

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich @danieleagee We’re not talking about run-ins with the law.

  • mariongroup

    @ginidietrich Thanks for the FF. Have a good one. Im enjoying all the emails from the blog. Great convo.

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood @ginidietrich Oh no, chances are all the stories you’ve heard about me and the police are factual. Sting and I are friends.

  • bricefaubel

    @ginidietrich You would be a circle unto yourself 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @Rieva Come back and visit me. I need good brunch and gossip

  • AngelaMaiers

    @danielnewmanUV how are you doing? Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood I don’t believe you

  • LianaMiller

    @ginidietrich here for you!

  • ginidietrich

    @danieleagee About you?! I make up stuff about you all the time @staceyhood

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich Hand to heart. I don’t even know if such a book exists.

  • danieleagee

    @ginidietrich I really appreciate it. It’s a real confidence builder. @staceyhood

  • ginidietrich

    @mariongroup OMG. The emails from the blog are out of control. I hope your settings are so that you get only one email

  • ginidietrich

    @bricefaubel Ha!

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich @danieleagee Yeah, it’s a nice feeling when someone’s got your back….with a knife in it.

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Hood, stop being so dramatic. You’ll scare away @ginidietrich.

  • mariongroup

    @ginidietrich They are ok. Its an interesting topic so it isn’t bothering me.

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood It doesn’t. I made it up. LOL!

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich I will take it as a compliment that I have an encyclopedic mind. Seriously, thanks for the mention. I appreciate it.

  • StaceyHood

    @ginidietrich @danieleagee Nah, that would’ve happened a long time ago if that was the case.

  • @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis Integration would be great. It would make life much simpler. Not so sure that I want to be hooked up to the Matrix. I like not being part of the collective. 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood @danieleagee The only reason there’d be a knife is if you didn’t know what I’m saying. But I tell you both.

  • ginidietrich

    @mariongroup You say that now…

  • ginidietrich

    @TMNinja Grazi!

  • ginidietrich

    @StaceyHood You’re welcome. I meant every word except the part I made up

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee @ginidietrich You lost me…I blacked out for a sec.

  • mariongroup

    @ginidietrich haha well it might get overwhelming later. See thats what you get for writing a good blog.

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood @ginidietrich I’m not sure. Go to your fallback. Tell @KatherineMeyer that I like her, cry in the corner, go home at 3pm.

  • danielnewmanUV

    @AngelaMaiers I am fantastic – so nice (as always) to hear from you. #Respect

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  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Don’t be angry….aren’t you supposed to be going to the airport?

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood goodness, I just try and help and you get feisty.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Sorry, outburst…meds not working this AM

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood I did suggest going home at 3.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee You did…..Maybe a long weekend will work also…

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Pop a few Tylenol PMs and try again tomorrow.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee I did. Just now…OH wait, you meant when I get home!

  • _fasterhorses

    @jennwhinnem As someone who loathes Facebook, I’m really excited for Plus. It looks like a bigger & better Twitter with better privacy

  • jennwhinnem

    @_fasterhorses okay, interesting take! what did you read about it? plz share!

  • _fasterhorses

    @jennwhinnem I just watched Google’s videos: http://bit.ly/kVdC9g A dozen of my friends have it; I’m just waiting patiently for an invite

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Here’s to hoping you have a comfy desk.

  • JohnLeavy

    I listened to the Google video on their new network…wow like what a great idea….like wow I can talk to my friends online and like share photos and like create circles of friends so I can like talk about the people I have not let into my like circles. Like the site is so like cool…I can hang around people that like say like all day because they like have very small vocabularies. My prediction is that people will someday like hate Google as much as they like hate Microsoft. Google already has their ear to my office door…the last thing I want to do is open that door and ask them to have a seat. Wow…like that felt really good…thanks for like letting me vent. Have a great day.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee I’d be happy with my own office again. le sigh

  • Rieva

    @ginidietrich I know. But it’s your turn to come west

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Are you ever content with your job, ever? Jezuz.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Remember my old view? yeah….Not so much now

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood No, but I do remember your old boss. So set a screensaver and quit bitching. #zing

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Great…now I’m crying. Way to go, hope you’re happy!

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood This is about your happiness, not mine.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Oh

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood You’re welcome. I love you.

  • Here’s my comment: “+1”

  • KenMueller

    I’ve watched the videos and checked this out, and i’m both overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. It seems like more work to get started and to understand, than other networks. I’ve been wrong before (like when i said Facebook would NEVER beat out MySpace)…but…I don’t see it. Facebook has become much more a part of our lives than just a social network. It will be hard to topple, and…people will be loathe to add yet another network to their daily activities. Twitter and Facebook work well because they compliment each other, more than they compete. Google’s last two efforts (Buzz and Wave) were pretty much duds. +1 seems to make more sense as it adds a social dimension to what Google does best: search. I think this is where they need to really put more of their focus.

    Sure, if I get an invite, I’ll jump on and try it, just like I tried Quora and some of the others, but…not holding out much hope. I”ve got a better chance of meeting Gini face to face than this network has of being a success…

  • KatherineMeyer

    @danieleagee What did you drag me into? @staceyhood @ginidietrich keep this guy in line.

  • StaceyHood

    @danieleagee Thank you. Not sure how to respond to the other part.

  • StaceyHood

    @KatherineMeyer See Kat, it’s just not me, that @danieleagee is a trouble-maker also!

  • ginidietrich

    @jennwhinnem I feel tired reading it, too.

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas It’s just too much. They need to simply it

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas Er…simplify

  • ginidietrich

    @Rieva True. I think I’m there this fall.

  • ginidietrich

    @KatherineMeyer I try Kat. But they’re boys. @danieleagee @staceyhood

  • Rieva

    @ginidietrich Hopefully I’m here when you are

  • KatherineMeyer

    @staceyhood Oh I knew this. That @danieleagee is nothing but trouble.

  • KatherineMeyer

    @ginidietrich Ha! Good point. We should call @staceyhood and @danieleagee Double Trouble.

  • C_Pappas

    @ginidietrich Haha! By the time I got the end I forgot what Circles+ was 🙂 Not your fault. Just a ton going on!

  • C_Pappas

    @ginidietrich Btw I am halfway through The Book Thief. My there are a lot of books I am reading lately centered around Nazi Germany!

  • HowieSPM

    @TheJackB @Sean McGinnis amen on not being in the matrix!

  • Here’s why it’ll work:

    -It’s being rolled out slowly, like Gmail. Not like Google Buzz. It’ll allow influencers to embrace it before it makes it’s way to the general audience.

    -It’ll be integrated with Google search and Gmail. That gives it a much bigger base – see Sean Parker’s comments on why MySpace should’ve beaten FB because they were so big.

    -Existing Google interactions are much more useful and engaging than FB interactions. Need info? Search on Google. Need to reach someone? Gmail. Facebook comes close to Gmail in some respects, but their big messaging thing seems a bit like Google Buzz in retrospect. Whatever happened to all that stuff about killing email? Never happened.

    -Google will exist whether or not they strike take down Facebook. On the other hand, Facebook needs Google+ to fail or else they’re in some trouble. No pressure…

  • danieleagee

    @KatherineMeyer The good kind of trouble, right? Like, fighting the ban on dancing in a tiny town trouble. @StaceyHood

  • StaceyHood

    @KatherineMeyer @danieleagee And the dance will be held in a barn?

  • ginidietrich

    @yourgreatlifetv Thanks Bern!

  • ginidietrich

    @Rieva You’d better be!

  • ginidietrich

    @KatherineMeyer When we refer to them, we’ll just call them DT @staceyhood @danieleagee

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas LOL!!

  • danieleagee

    @StaceyHood Naturally. First I need to find an abandoned factory to dance out my angst. Know of any @KatherineMeyer?

  • ginidietrich

    @C_Pappas Do you like the book??

  • StaceyHood

    @KatherineMeyer @danieleagee Do we bring back aging musicians to supply the pop heavy soundtrack?

  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller since @ginidietrich is currently riding her bike to France to see @johnfalchetto who told her he would bake Scones if she did you could possibly catch her in transit before you get the +Project invite Ken!

  • HowieSPM

    @JohnLeavy But don’t you trust Google to have that seat more than Facebook? facebook is actively selling everything about you including cell phone if you gave it and address if you gave it. They told you they own all your content and if they decide to use a picture of your child for a commercial you get no money.

  • HowieSPM

    Something people forget is

    HOW LITTLE FACEBOOK IS ACTUALLY USED BY THE MEMBERS!

    I bring this up all the time. 1.7 items are shared per person per day. Time spent on the network is down to 38 mins per day from 55 mins a year ago. We all watch 0.5 videos a month. We upload only 7 photos each per month. For ever 2 accounts there is a total of 1 status update+comment combined. We LIKE less than 4 pages each per month.Brand pages average 0.001 to 0.1% engagement rates. I proved that of the 67mil who log in from the US today only 22mil are going to be active doing anything. Compete has showed that if 22million people visited Facebook 4 times a day in the US then the other 115 mil users would have zero visits for the whole month.

    It’s the un-used network. Places unused. Deals. Jury is out. Open Graph almost does not exist. We aren’t using any of the technologies on a per person per day basis.

    Everyone is being snowed by false numbers that deceive. Even Ben Kunz has proven 1] Facebook is dying and 2] there is no such thing as viral.

    So why wouldn’t be go use a network we find more useful if it proves more useful?

  • HowieSPM

    Correction for every 2 accounts that log in today there is only 1 status update+comment combined. So a total of 300million log ins yet only 150mil actions. What if 75million each did one comment and one status update? Then 225mil will take no action.

  • @Lisa Gerber @JGoldsborough @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @Sean McGinnis Love this Lisa. The friends I know in my offline life outnumber those I do in my online one, and there’s often not crossover to Facebook, my personal network. “The popular bar changes.” WORD. All it takes is for someone else to do it better, faster, cheaper and easier… even different, where all the ‘cool’ kids go b/c it’s just different.

  • @HowieSPM Dude, you’re rocking the comments today.. just had to tell you that. For every user they are outnumbered by lurkers and not carers in staggering numbers; videos a good example… think it’s something tiny like 2-3% who’ve uploaded to YT. I’m a member of that unused FB network, rarely update or post.. unless something just catches my eye, the stream of pages I’ve liked gets ignored.

  • KellyeCrane

    @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis @JGoldsborough @ginidietrich I appreciate Howie playing devil’s advocate, but if technology was the deciding factor we all would have left Twitter years ago. Facebook has the installed base, as Justin notes. Google has the opposite of the first-mover advantage (the last-mover disadvantage?).

  • This will be another thing I’ll ignore until it matters in my life, personal or professional, much like many things that have come before it. I’ll check it out, learn of its existence and it will either 1) fail and slink off into the night or 2) matter only to those who talk about such things. So it’s Buzz or Wave which got nary a click for me; or it’s Klout and I’ll login out of obligation, debate and blog about it a little .. then resume not caring. FWIW.

  • @3HatsComm @HowieSPM look at the converse for google though…

    this could be there big push to get the folks BACK

  • @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis (Last reply, then I’ll try to stop stalking you Howie).. I too have wished for integration, but one I can control and keep separate, personal and professional. It’s what I like about Twitter so much; the connections are based upon common current interests. I have 3 Twitters @TheJackB one business, one for personal random hobby stuff, and one… an odd little personal account that fits just one niche subject and use it to chat with those friends met on other, non-FB networks.

    IDK A perfect Matrix? In the history of everything, something’s has pretty much always come along to make it ‘better’ right? Has anything piqued, been perfected? Well Coke went back to the original formula that worked, so there’s that.

  • KatherineMeyer

    @danieleagee Bahaha, nice Footloose reference! I think Wren will be your nickname now. cc @staceyhood

  • KatherineMeyer

    @staceyhood God this conversation just made my *cough* interesting afternoon much better. Thx guys! cc @danieleagee

  • KatherineMeyer

    @ginidietrich Love. cc: @staceyhood @danieleagee

  • KatherineMeyer

    @ginidietrich BTW I need you to inform me re: bike seat selection. Rode mine for the first time in 10+ years last night and ouch…

  • balemar

    @3HatsComm Once they make it matter to me, I’m in. Until then – until I have a reason to use it in my life, it’s just more noise.

  • StaceyHood

    @KatherineMeyer Yeah that @danieleagee is fun. He’s a good egg.

  • @HowieSPM This.

  • I hate to be “that guy” and reply to my own comment, but I left one out:

    -Google+ allows you to categorize your social networks. Twitter kinda/sorta does this with lists, but I personally find it a bit cumbersome. Facebook really doesn’t do it at all. Again, Google+ may not be ready for primetime, but it seems ready-enough for early adopters.

  • yourgreatlifetv

    @ginidietrich Anytime awesomeness!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM @DonovanGroupInc Great point about the other networks outside of the Western world that work for populations much larger than ours.

  • ginidietrich

    @leedela I guess we really won’t know until everyone gets to use it!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM @hackmanj I want a hangout spot, too!

  • ginidietrich

    @wabbitoid Basefook?! LOL!!

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB You have 27 email accounts?! That hurts me.

  • ginidietrich

    @danielnewmanUV We already know how you feel about Facebook so maybe this is a better tool for you? Only time will tell, I suppose.

  • ginidietrich

    @JohnLeavy HAHAHAHAHAH! I noticed the “likes” too! It was making me nuts. LOL!!

  • ginidietrich

    @Yael Rozencwajg Hilarious!

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller You’re such a brat. LOL!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM @KenMueller @johnfalchetto Um…he promised me wine. Not scones. Will ride for wine.

  • ginidietrich

    @fitzternet I love it when you stop by. You always add lots of value! Facebook lets you categorize your community, too. But it’s a lot of work. I guess I’m struggling with how my target audience will find value. We finally got the Baby Boomers on Facebook (largest growing demographic) and the decision makers for most businesses (right now). I don’t see them a) creating a Gmail account and b) switching to this. Maybe it’ll just be for the hip Gen Xers and the Millennials.

  • ginidietrich

    @3HatsComm Didn’t you see @HowieSPM say he was hanging out here all day?

  • ginidietrich

    @balemar @3HatsComm I’ll make you both a deal. I’ll check it out, play with it, and then let you know if it’s worth your time. 🙂

  • @ginidietrich It is a ridiculous number to have. I use about 7 daily which is still more than I like, but for the time being it is how it is.

  • mdbarber

    @KellyeCrane Agree it’s great @ginidietrich is admitting being overwhelmed but that makes me feel I (mere mortal) will never get over that!

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  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB Seven?!?

  • @ginidietrich @HowieSPM Yes am my LIKES are helping him rack up the LF points. 🙂

  • LisaMDick

    @JGoldsborough @trchandler much appreciated! Your thoughts on Google+ in 140 characters? 🙂

  • As a small business owner I’m looking for the business use here and to be honest I’m just sighing at the weight of it all. Just masses of more stuff to try and deal with.

    Exits stage left !

  • BojanDjordjevic

    So how do we get an invite?

  • ginidietrich

    @BojanDjordjevic They’re rolling them out as they please. I’d guess the super high-powered tech geeks will get them first. I don’t know how they’ll determine who gets them next.

  • ginidietrich

    @jonbuscall I don’t see the business use, either. Only getting in there and using it will help us figure it out.

  • JGoldsborough

    @LisaMDick @trchandler Something to watch. But 750 mil and half U.S. pop are on FB. Ppl r significantly invested there. You?

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @BojanDjordjevic You have to have a Klout score of 53 to get an invite. I just got mine.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @jonbuscall If I had my choice it would be a network with no business or consumer marketing (except banner ads) and I would love to pay $2-$5 a month to not have any ads at all. I view Facebook as my living room. I don’t invite brands to sit on my couch though I might watch them on TV in exchange for content. So fingers crossed.

  • HowieSPM

    @3HatsComm @ginidietrich I am am just 2 Likes away and 1 Klout point from a free suite at the red roof inn for 1 hour on a thursday after 9pm.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @fitzternet John I reply to my own comments all the time. Usually because no one else will. Makes me feel good.

  • HowieSPM

    @3HatsComm @Sean McGinnis @TheJackB I used to have 4 twitters! But got tedious and complicated. Would be cool to have one big network and I get to pick which avatar shows up depending whom I am talking to.

    Speaking of I bet Twitter still includes my 3 dead accounts in its gross account numbers. People wonder why there are less tweets per day total than number of twitter accounts. Its because of my 3 dead accounts.

  • @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @BojanDjordjevic Shit! Beat me to the smart-ass retort punch! LOL!

  • HowieSPM

    @TheJackB @ginidietrich Gini now we need to guess what they are all for. LOL

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis @HowieSPM @BojanDjordjevic Sigh…not true.

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich @BojanDjordjevic Sean you forget usually the person making the least money has the time to lurk to give comments. Hmm…maybe that is a direct correlation why I make so little? Too much time here? But I am learning! And growing! And improving my acumen of some sort! Thanks to @ginidietrich !

  • LisaMDick

    @JGoldsborough @trchandler same thoughts on the personal investment. Not convinced its compelling enough to jump ship from fb.

  • @ginidietrich Haha, thanks. I love Spin Sucks! I try to stop by whenever I’m not tied up with video editing.

    I would guess that Boomers have as much interaction with Google searches as they do with anything related to FB. Gmail is a different story, but Gmail is huge in its own right. Throw in YouTube and you’ve got 3 major outlets that should (SHOULD) create a smooth pathway into Google+.

    And FB has lost most of its mojo for people under 35. HowieSPM is right on the money. FB isn’t dead, but it’s losing steam.

  • josefrivera

    @ginidietrich I asked for an invite, cant wait to play with this, looks more interesting than wave did, and more fun than orkut was.

  • ginidietrich

    @fitzternet I think they had a record month last month with the number of closed accounts. Nothing lasts forever in the digital world. I’m definitely curious.

  • ginidietrich

    @KatherineMeyer You need padded shorts. The seat won’t help.

  • ginidietrich

    @KellyeCrane It’s just SO MUCH in one launch.

  • ginidietrich

    @mdbarber It’s so many different things. Most of it is what we already do on FB. Their PR wasn’t so great around it

  • ginidietrich

    @KaseyCrabtree I will!

  • ginidietrich

    @josefrivera We’ll see…I’m curious too

  • ginidietrich

    @essencebc Comments are out of control

  • essencebc

    @ginidietrich i’m loving the debate. Good points on both sides. I may have to jump in!

  • mdbarber

    @ginidietrich That’s what I’m thinking too. Unfortunately their last few launches have been too big, IMO. I’m wishing for bite-sized pieces.

  • KatherineMeyer

    @ginidietrich I feel like I should have a joke here, but I cannot think of one…Blast.

  • essencebc

    IMO this is viable. Main FB issue is privacy which this gets. Add Google’s reach and there is potential.

  • ginidietrich

    @essencebc I agree. But do you see business value to it?

  • @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Fingers. I have one account per finger.

  • ginidietrich

    @_Susita_ We’ll see what it does!

  • ginidietrich

    @CharPennyAnn We shall see!

  • C_Pappas

    @ginidietrich yes i do like it

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @fitzternet Gini please take those words from John and bronze them and hang them on your office wall or maybe a charm for Jack Bauer’s collar: Howie is right on the money. 8)

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @essencebc I keep seeing this question. If you ask a business value for Google. I say hell yes. If you say a business value for businesses, I would say probably yes and no. I bet Google will target ads better for traditional digital advertising which is really like 80% of Facebook’s earnings so we would pay Google vs Facebook and probably have at least twice the click rate success since Facebook is half of Traditional Digital.

    Second we don’t share on facebook everything we would if we felt it was all private. Facebook just sees the surface of our life not really how we feel. Google kind of sees that already from us based on our web presence.

    But since I still haven’t see real success with Social Marketing via any of the Facebook tools like Brand pages, places etc I don’t think it will be missed. Will Starbucks miss the 400 posts saying ‘Love your latte’ they get from their 20 mil fans and 200million + world wide customers? No you can’t miss zero.

  • _Susita_

    @ginidietrich I love the circles thing. I hate facebook :/

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  • ginidietrich

    @_Susita_ I love Facebook…but I am definitely excited about Google Plus

  • ginidietrich

    @NatSlavin I’ve been missing you!

  • johareihur1

    @ginidietrich http://bit.ly/k4GpW6

  • trchandler

    @LisaMDick @jgoldsborough agree on investment factor but this sound like it could answer a few downsides of fb without replacing it

  • trchandler

    @LisaMDick @JGoldsborough Search is weak on fb. if ia vaguely remember a cool video Lisa shared 6 months ago it’s difficult to find on fb

  • trchandler

    @LisaMDick @JGoldsborough if google+ solves that and with google being search experts, I have high hopes they will, it would be great

  • trchandler

    @LisaMDick @JGoldsborough also circles and hangout features sound better than fb groups and messages.

  • trchandler

    @JGoldsborough thanks for sharing the google+ information and generating the discussion

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  • JGoldsborough

    @trchandler @LisaMDick Absolutely. I think you are right if we look at Google+ as something ppl use in addition to FB, not instead of.

  • JGoldsborough

    @trchandler @LisaMDick Potential is in search. Google has already begun releasing social search elements like Gmail friend reccos and +1.

  • JGoldsborough

    @trchandler @LisaMDick No matter how many ppl use Google+, IMO social will impact search moving forward. Thoughts? http://bit.ly/hMH269

  • josefrivera

    @ginidietrich @essencebc there is when you consider the true value of google which is its ability track you where ever you go on the web, add in the spice of social media, and now they can tell companies exactly what you do online!

  • ginidietrich

    ATTENTION! ATTENTION! I have Google+. If you would like an invite, either leave your email address here or DM it to me.

  • trchandler

    @JGoldsborough @LisaMDick social has ALWAYS impacted referrals. Search is very close to that function. #naturalfit

  • LisaMDick

    @trchandler @JGoldsborough agreed on all counts. Maybe fb will enhance its platform if certain Google+ features stand out as user faves.

  • rustyspeidel

    @HowieSPM The cost of moving is pretty high. Even if not everyone uses it, it is where they store their personas. You know where you can find your friends if you want to. It mirrors non-digital behavior pretty well–we don’t always talk a lot every day, but we know how to reach friends and family, and that’s where Google is gonna have a rough go. We just got everyone together on Facebook, why would they learn something totally new?

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  • ginidietrich

    @bizshrink It’s hard to understand how Plus is going to work. But we’ll figure it out!

  • bizshrink

    @ginidietrich Not sure i can handle one more piece of socmed —- will go to beach and contemplate : )

  • ginidietrich

    @bizshrink I don’t think it’s social media. I’ve been playing with it. Let’s discuss when you get back from the beach.

  • shanerhyne

    @jonbuscall @ginidietrich I think the talk about the business potential for G+ is all focusing on the immediate launch, but that’s not when we’re likely to see this take place. There are some of these, but I think the real benefits lie in the potential for the network. Consider the possibility of someone conducting a Google search for a brand or product and there, among the links, is an invitation to explore various public circles formed by the brand and/or its customers. That’s one hypothetical example, but I’m sure there are plenty more that can be considered when one starts to contemplate what a social network connected to Google’s ability to mine search data, consumer behavior, and multimedia can do. Remember, Google has the ability to built tight integration with other Google services such as Google Places, YouTube, Android phones and tablets, and more. The potential may not be immediately obvious, but I’d say it has more immediately recognizable potential than either Facebook or Twitter had at their public unveiling.

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  • Hi Gini,

    I have just started playing around with Google+, I received an invitation yesterday. So far, I haven’t discovered much, but reading your post was actually the best thing that has happened to me after receiving the invitation. Finally, “everything” made sense 🙂

    What I think is the best with Google+, at least so far, is that it seems to be more personal, and a lot easier to know who you are talking to.

  • ginidietrich

    @jens I got an invite right after I published this and, I agree, I haven’t discovered much EXCEPT about 40 new email updates a day.

  • @ginidietrich I’m in but not connected to you…sad world

  • KenMueller

    @ginidietrich I’m with you. it’s boring the heck out of me. I’ll be offering my initial thoughts on Monday. Yep, i’ll be putting a post up on a holiday.

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  • LisaMDick

    @trchandler @JGoldsborough thought of our last convo on Google+ and thought this was a nice recap: http://t.co/HnD7fp2

  • FrankDickinson

    @ginidietrich Mucho gracias!!

  • NancyM.

    I didn’t find google plus that user friendly at first, but it is getting better. It definitely takes some time to get used to. Thanks for the post that clarifies some things. The privacy measures seem tighter and easiet to use than facebook’s and that’s an advantage.

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