Gini Dietrich

What the Heck Is Google+?

By: Gini Dietrich | July 4, 2011 | 
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I’ve spent the past four days in Google+, trying to figure out if it’s a Facebook killer, a Twitter killer, or just one more social network we have to use.

I can say with certainty it’s none of the above, but I haven’t yet figured out what the heck it is. Problem is, it’ll be hard to do so until a good number of my friends are in there and using it. As John Falchetto said, “We’re just the crash test dummies” right now.

I don’t think it’s a tool everyone will use. It’s doubtful it’ll have the same 50+ year old user like Facebook has, mostly because it’s linked to a Gmail account and Chrome, one more thing the Baby Boomers have to get.

Robert Scoble invited 1,000 of his friends during the weekend so he’d have enough mass to figure it out. Jay Baer thinks there are business applications (I don’t agree…yet). Chris Brogan has 10 reasons he thinks it will be a Facebook and Twitter killer. Jason Falls thinks it is a Facebook competitor and some of his readers hope he’s right just to see something different and/or better.

Joe Thornley did a test post the other day with Shel Holtz. Shel asked a question, Joe answered it, and tagged me.

Deb Dobson and I elated in the fact that Alberto Contador didn’t win the first stage of the Tour de France.

Todd Lyden posted a link to an interview I did (the ensuing comments were about my big head and fun stuff like that, which you don’t really need to see). He thinks it’s a Twitter killer.

Daniel Agee noted that not only do the email notifications go to spam (so check your spam folder), but that we’re sending unsolicited emails to the people we invite. I guess that’s why they’re going to spam, huh?

And then there are lots of invites I can accept, hide, or block, which gives me some privacy that Twitter does not.

All-in-all it looks and feels much like Facebook, which should make the Facebook haters happy (cough, Howie Goldfarb, cough).

It has only been four days so I’ll be back in 30 days to give you an educated opinion.

Until then, put this in your pipe and smoke it. With the exception of Deb and me, all of the posts, comments, and blog posts about the tool are from men. Is it that men are better early adopters than women? Or is it that women just don’t see the need for one more social network?

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.

  • ginidietrich

    @StephanieBaron LOL! He’ll love it, too

  • ginidietrich

    @SharelOmer I can’t decide. But I do think it’s interesting that it’s mostly men using it.

  • ginidietrich

    @Billy_Delaney Morning Billy!

  • ginidietrich

    @RTRViews Without a real opinion

  • prosperitygal

    @ginidietrich why do you think mostly men are using it?

  • alanbr82

    I agree still haven’t figured it out. Some twitter friends and I “Hung out” used the cute little cartoons on our faces. Then we said “this was cool” then the “gotta go” started. Please note one of the friends was a girl ;). I don’t think it has the connection with old friends like Facebook does, there’s good and bad there. The invite system also seemed to break down and to me not a good idea, open it all up.

    When I started using Google+ it seemed to change my normal Google apps interface and that I found frustrating.

    So far it doesn’t seem like a Facebook or Twitter killer more like another Google experiment like Buzz and Wave. Time will tell, but the cool factor for me isn’t even there yet, it’s just new and interesting.

    By the way I am cheering for Andy Schleck again! – TDF

  • ginidietrich

    @alanbr82 You know what? Great point about testing it out and then the “gotta go” starts. With Facebook and Twitter, you can do it on your own time, when it’s convenient for you. This, particularly with Hangout, everyone has to be there at the same time.

  • KenMueller

    I offered up my initial thoughts today on my blog, and so far I’m not seeing it. To me it’s more like Google Buzz on steroids, but the wrong kind of steroids, and any threat it may pose to Facebook could easily be addressed by Facebook rather easily. I think that in the end, it will be a place for Facebook haters, but I don’t see anything new. And you CAN have the same privacy on Twitter if you want. I think Plus will actually lack in privacy. Not the kind of privacy from others, but the kind of privacy where Google already knows more about you than Facebook does.

  • ginidietrich

    @prosperitygal I don’t know, but @margieclayman is doing a curated list of all the blog posts written and it’s all men…and me.

  • ginidietrich

    @martinwaxman Are you celebrating our Fourth?

  • prosperitygal

    @ginidietrich chuckle yeah you and @hedicohen are blog writing machines

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller It’s hard to separate the marketing mind from the consumer mind. As a marketer, I LOVE that Google can give me all sorts of information about my prospects so I can mold my messages directly to them. As a consumer, I really hate that. It’ll be interesting to see if this goes the way of Buzz and Wave.

  • HowieSPM

    I told you to quit smoking those cigarettes!

    Well @johnflachetto was nice enough to send me an invite like a true (cough) friend would do. But I am not able to access yet!

    But I don’t like the term Facebook or Twitter killer. As much as I hate Facebook (and remember it’s their business model, tactics, ethics, and management I hate specifically) we all know it will go by the wayside eventually. And I was just checking out the Diaspora site to see where they are (still in Alpha Testing).

    My comment since I haven’t checked out + yes is all about timing. Diaspora could be late to the game and unless they prove to be better than what Google did will have an even harder time gaining traction. Though it is possible Google + will have some flaws and Diaspora could benefit from knowing them.

    GSV Capital just bought stock in Facebook valuing them at $70bil which is crazy because Amazon with their $34bil in sales and $1.5b in profits is worth that and they have real paying customers! And they make stuff and have a cloud service! This investment was just a week before the Google announcement. Did they know this was coming? If not who possibly got fired for not knowing?

    Remember Facebook got lucky in two ways. They started as a Private network with cache (you had to be a college student) and they opened to everyone just as Myspace stumbled big time. Facebook is stumbling right now question is whether Google has the goods to capitalize. As you said @ginidietrich it could be great for us Facebook haters, but what if in 3 months spam increases, the feed becomes even more burdened on Facebook and utility drops, and a bunch of your friends are having fun on Google +?

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich there is a second woman in there now – but interestingly, she doesn’t have rave reviews 🙂 cc @prosperitygal

  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller @ginidietrich who said Facebook will fix things? Myspace surely didn’t and if they had we wouldn’t be using Facebook. My experience with Social Networks and often technology in general is the management get’s smug thinking no one can compete and will stick with them no matter what. And why invest the money which erodes profits. Now my Finance Mind says Facebook is a Pump and Dump Scheme that will make Bernie Madoff seem like a minor crook. Time will tell that one.

  • HowieSPM

    @ginidietrich @alanbr82 We all did this with Facebook and Gmail. Maybe Steve Rubel will move his Blog to Tumblr+ now?

  • ginidietrich

    @ValerieSimon Happy Fourth!

  • ginidietrich

    @prosperitygal I think it was Mark Twain that said it’s a curse for writers. They have to get it out somehow. That’s how I feel.

  • ginidietrich

    @sonjaferne It’s hard to tell if it’s going to go anywhere. My guess is it’ll go the way of Buzz and Wave.

  • ginidietrich

    @MargieClayman Weird. I really wonder why that is?

  • ginidietrich

    @TerryFlynn And learn you have to do. It’s not very intuitive.

  • prosperitygal

    @ginidietrich now if I could figure out how to get it out without it taking four hours SIGH #slowpainfulbirth

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelacruz LOL! Thank you for noticing that. 🙂

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich dunno. a few women commented on the post I wrote about it that there are plenty of women on Google+. Truly bizarre.

  • CristerDelacruz

    @ginidietrich It’s my version of “chew on this” 🙂 Happy 4th Gini!!!

  • CristerDelacruz

    @ginidietrich I meant, my version of that is “chew on this” 🙂

  • KatCaverly

    @MargieClayman may the Fourth be with you dear Margie!

  • KenMueller

    @HowieSPM @ginidietrich i think this may stick around longer than Buzz and Wave and transform into something else. And Howie, Facebook is already poised to make a few big announcements in the next few weeks with what could be some major redesigns. I think they will fight back in a big way. MySpace is a whole other animal, and they made poor decisions all along the way.

  • BrandFlair

    @HowellMarketing Happy 4th Amy! Have a fantastic day!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM HA!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM I don’t know that people will move to +. That’s my point. It’s underwhelming and just another place to have to go. So far it’s added no value to my life. But it has added a lot more noise. If it doesn’t add value, I’m not going to change my habits to include it.

  • HowellMarketing

    @BrandFlair you too John! Thx;))

  • martinwaxman

    @ginidietrich In spirit. Check out my blog post that’s coming soon. But I am at work…

  • KenMueller

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM It’s like Mark Schaefer said the other day, we’ve invested a lot in Facebook. Is there enough different in Google+ to draw us away? And I’m with you on the noise, plus I have so many strangers adding me to circles, which never happens on Facebook. Names I’ve never heard.

  • martinwaxman

    @terryflynn What would a day be without a new soc media tool to check out?

  • MacBerry

    @RebeccaEdgar I am really enjoying GOOGLE+

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller @HowieSPM OMG. Me. Too. And what the heck do you with that?! I guess ignore for now. I haven’t even figured out what my boundaries are on + because it’s still too new.

  • MargieClayman

    @katcaverly and you, jedi 🙂

  • RebeccaEdgar

    @MacBerry Is it easy-ish to learn? I’m not on yet 🙁

  • MacBerry

    @RebeccaEdgar If they reallocate GOOGLE+ invites to send again, I will send you one

  • RebeccaEdgar

    @MacBerry Tx Bill! Registered late but looking forward to playing around. Btw, happy summer!

  • ginidietrich

    @prosperitygal You know, I almost commented on that on FB last night. I write in an hour or less. I think it just takes practice.

  • KenMueller

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM You’ve heard of me, though…right? What time should I be over for the big cookout? Brats on the grill yet?

  • ginidietrich

    @MargieClayman Yes, lots on there. But no one writing about it. That’s the weird thing. Maybe we’re too rational?

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelacruz Funny…I knew what you meant

  • ginidietrich

    @DebWeinstein Morning sunshine!

  • MacBerry

    @RebeccaEdgar I am so looking forward to finding myself. I lost me somewhere back around Easter.

  • ginidietrich

    @martinwaxman Are you publishing it soon?

  • prosperitygal

    @ginidietrich well I have been writing it since 2003, how much practice does a gal need ROFL

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller @HowieSPM Come over around 3. I still need to get a bike ride in.

  • KenMueller

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM I’m actually already here. look outside…

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich perhaps it’s something deeper…perhaps women have internalized that we’re not in the “techy” crowd & thus don’t need to post?

  • RebeccaEdgar

    @MacBerry Happy searching! Take your time 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @prosperitygal LMAO! Um…uh…I don’t know what to say.

  • ginidietrich

    @MargieClayman If that’s the case, I’m going to be pissed. But I felt guilty writing today that it’s underwhelming. Maybe that’s why?

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich hmm, that’s interesting. I think part of the problem is that people who could really welcome women in aren’t so much doing so.

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich powerful people in the space are really sort of framing Google+ as a place where just dudes who are nerdy/geeky hang out.

  • lttlewys

    @ginidietrich Happy 4th, my friend!

  • martinwaxman

    @ginidietrich Just did. Let me know what you think!

  • JudyHelfand

    @MargieClayman @ginidietrich Google’s as usual is testing with a “small” group. U don’t really want 2 b an unpaid QA person, do u?

  • MargieClayman

    @judyhelfand @ginidietrich I think what bothers me is that there hasn’t been as much emphasis on women being a valued part of the qa.

  • StephanieBaron

    @ginidietrich oh you betcha! Have a sweet day.

  • RTRViews

    @ginidietrich Keeping an open mind is important. + needs exploring but I have no clue yet what it will be good for.

  • I haven’t figured it out, either. But like Jay Baer, I see the business applications. (Maybe that’s a male thing?)

    Google+ needs some work done. When I heard of circles, I thought it would serve a more prominent role in the interface and in the applications. I guess that was just wishful thinking. Sparks needs refinement. If I had a mic and a working webcam, I’d try hangouts because I think that is one of the best features. As is, Google+ is geared to a very specific niche: the professional (note: you can create your own circles with their own titles, Gini). I would love to see the ability to customize my own page. That would be nice.

    Those are my two-cent thoughts.

  • sonjaferne

    @ginidietrich Re google+ I plan to sit back and observe for a while-after all it’s summer. Time to relax.

  • debdobson62

    My favorite moment of day four in Google+ life was talking about Contador. I’ve found that in the four days of figuring out WTH is Google+, I’ve spent more time in FB and twitter…go figure. At this point what I can say is thank god for the Tour de France and Wimbledon. I don’t see the business value yet. I do see some potential for the Educational sphere. I too have noticed a heavy ratio of men to women. Perhaps when more get on the platform, or more is rolled out such as Biz Google+, I might see the value. Until then, it’s one more browser to monitor. And BTW, Scoble appears to be writing his book on this platform. So be prepared if you add him. I’m interested in the possible SEO/SEM impact.

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  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller @ginidietrich I disagree with mark. I have invested zero in facebook. So have you. Myspace I had a blog, tons of photos, tricked out my page with video and all sorts of cool stuff. and I left. Facebook only has our friends. Nothing else.

    One positive about Google + is if I can seriously separate work from pleasure in terms of whom I have in my network and what I share it is a winner. I for the most part refuse any Facebook connections that are not my personal friends in some way, so if it is a work connection and they ask to be my friend I decline until I can trust them with my personal life. Would be great to have one place for all.

    I also think since right now this is a test drive no one knows what value it will bring. But I am dying to upload pictures again. Currently I only do Twitpic. I stopped adding to my Facebook albums 2 years ago. But so want to share again!

  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller @ginidietrich I have listed how unused Facebook is, the deceptive numbers game, and the decline in usage in this blog many times. The fact is it is dying because they only have that feed and its so filled with clutter no one sees anything. No different than twitter.

    Which is incredible the fact that we all belong to networks that we see maybe 2-3% of the feed everyday and tell people how much we love the network LOL Its like Digital Cable. I watch 1 hour a day from the 8 million channels and I tell people how much I love digital cable LOL

  • Billy_Delaney

    @ginidietrich Good Morning or afternoon now to you and I hope you enjoy the nations big day 🙂

  • Hi Gini. Thanks for the link. To clarify, I don’t see business applications for G+ today, but I believe that Google will compel businesses to jump on board as soon as they roll out the pages product. Google is the ONLY company that can credibly link search with social in a way that’s truly a game changer. I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t press that advantage.

  • Hi Gini,

    I vote for ” it’s that women just don’t see the need for one more social network!” Because we’re practical and tired of the multi-tasking. The men can have it!

    Lori

  • SO_pr

    @HowellMarketing Thank you for the RT!

  • Don’t see the need for yet another social network. I am not an early adopter (and no, I don’t think men are better early adopters than women). As I said in another post…some days I just yearn for a rotary telephone and a party line (and for those young’uns, you can look that up:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • KenMueller

    @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Actually I’ve invested a lot of time and work in Facebook, and I do have my work and pleasure separate. With Facebook, I can have different settings for every one of my friends, dictating what they are able to see.

  • HowieSPM

    @JayBaer I just pray Google focuses on having the best Person to person network out there and puts Business to people marketing way last. The reason being that is what will keep people around. When Media Post just showed research that only 25% of consumers visit at least one brand page once a month to look for deals and a new study showed social networks the least used for product research vs search, brand sites etc focus on what we want. And that is a kick ass comm platform no different than our telephone. I would pay a fee to have zero marketing. Just like I pay $60 a month for my cell + SMS service.

    Maybe Google can then succeed with advertising where Facebook has failed since click rates are so low on Facebook?

  • HowieSPM

    Going to throw a curve ball here. I joined Twitter in July 2008. It wasn’t until Aug 2009 that I started using Twitter. Now I spend 30 mins on twitter for every min on facebook. In Aug 2009 it was reversed.

    Give it time @ginidietrich I bet in 1 year you have a Google Plus Mug, are giving seminars on how to connect with people in Greenland, and having a full section for G+ pn Spin Sucks Pro.

  • ginidietrich

    @MargieClayman Margie, I think we’re going to have to beat these men.

  • ginidietrich

    @lttlewys Happy Fourth to you!

  • ginidietrich

    @JudyHelfand @MargieClayman Oh I have a + invite. I’ve been playing around with it. But like Margie says, not enough emphasis on women

  • ginidietrich

    @RTRViews Me either.

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM LOL! Maybe so. Maybe so.

  • ginidietrich

    @KDillabough A party line. LOL!!

  • ginidietrich

    @Lori Ha! I tend to think you’re right. Even though we’re better multi-taskers.

  • ginidietrich

    @JayBaer Oops – sorry if I didn’t make that clear. That’s what I meant. I don’t kno why they wouldn’t press that advantage either, but I still don’t see it.

  • ginidietrich

    @Shad Boots I added some circles like “work” but I’m the only one at work that’s in it. LOL! And thank you, again, for the invite!

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62 LMAO!! I won’t add him – he doesn’t know me at all. But that’s really funny to know.

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich I’m all for it, lady. Just tell me when and where 🙂

  • debdobson62

    @ginidietrich He’s definitely long winded LOL. Maybe it’s the years of 140 character restraint bursting out of him?

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich if you read @scobleizer’s post fr. today, seems like the problem is more widespread – simply no women in tech sector =/

  • ginidietrich

    @MargieClayman Sure, but there are plenty of women bloggers. Why aren’t they blogging about this?

  • JudyHelfand

    @ginidietrich @MargieClayman Yes, I thought u would have invite. Maybe men tend to chatter more or have more time to check out new things!

  • ginidietrich

    @JudyHelfand @MargieClayman Maybe so…

  • @JayBaer @ginidietrich I think you’re right here Jay. It’s the fact they have the business (advertising) infrastructure that Facebook (and Twitter) have failed to get up and running.

    Of course Google has a history of failures and it’s imperative that they get G+ on mobile ASAP. RIght now so many people are using FB on mobile. It’s the only thing I see on the Stockholm subway.

  • lauraclick

    I’d love to weigh in on my thoughts on Google Plus, but since I STILL don’t have access, I don’t have an opinion…yet. I do think there is some potential here from the business standpoint (again based on my speculation). After all, Hangouts could be a good way for mobile businesses to connect teams for free (it seems you can have more people than Skype does) or use Sparks to share information among teams. If they roll this out to Google Apps users, this could really catch on with the business sector.

    As for your comment about women, did you see this article about the disparity of invites for men vs. women? http://blogs.forbes.com/quentinhardy/2011/06/30/sex-problems-at-google/

    Perhaps the reason you aren’t seeing more articles from women about Google Plus is because we still don’t have access! That point aside, I think women, in general, like to take time to really assess and understand something instead of being the first to weigh in and predict the trend. I could be wrong (and certainly this is a huge generalization), but I think that’s why there aren’t more reviews from women at this point. What do you think, Gini?

  • ginidietrich

    @merylkevans Still testing H2Os. LOL! I had to say that out loud to get it.

  • ginidietrich

    @lauraclick LOL!! It’s bugging the crap out of me that I can’t invite my friends. First they open it. Then they close it. ARGH! And NO! I did not see that article. Headed there next.

    I’ve been playing more in-depth today. There is some value in the Circles because you can click on your work Circle, for instance, and see ONLY those posts. It’s not as cluttered as FB.

    A few issues: I can’t search. The emails keep going to spam, which means I can’t set up a rule so they stop hitting my inbox. The noise is gigantic already (100 emails yesterday, alone). If I’m in my Reader, I can share to Google Buzz and it shows it goes to Plus, but it’s nowhere to be found. You can’t reply directly to people. The invites suck.

    OK. Lots more cons than pros. We’ll see…

  • ginidietrich

    @jonbuscall @JayBaer Supposedly they’re waiting for Apple approval for the iPhone. It’s already on the Droid.

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62 Probably!

  • lauraclick

    @ginidietrich Interesting. The videos make it look all shiny and fun. And I certainly can imagine some good ways to use some of the tools, but without trying it out, it’s hard to know.

    Shiny and fun is good, but if the practical application of it sucks, it won’t catch on. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.

    And yes, as for the male/female disparity of it all, it’s pretty disheartening. I guess there aren’t enough women with a large social graph to qualify for it at this point….which then gets into bigger issues altogether. 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @lauraclick I WILL FIGHT FOR ALL WOMEN! This irritates me to no end.

  • MargieClayman

    @ginidietrich thanks for your comments, Gini. It looks like there is a lot of varied experience out there, which makes it more…

  • margieclayman

    @ginidietrich @lauraclick What’s really interesting about the gender gap with Google+ is that it seems women, more than men, get upset when you throw out there that this is happening. I am not sure if people think that the issue is being raised just to sour the party for everyone or what, but to me, it’s symptomatic of, as you said Laura, much bigger problems. Why are there only young male engineers at Google? Why did Robert Scoble note that there are so few women in the tech sector that publications are writing about it? Why are there so few women that he felt comfortable writing a “yo momma” post to an audience he assumed was predominantly male?

    These are all very disconcerting to me, and Google+ is just an opportunity to say, “Um, hey y’all…I think think this is going on.”

  • janesheeba

    Well well, it has been only 2 days for me and I am already liking it a lot. I guess I will be dumping the rotten FB; but I will need my friends and connections to have the same thought. Otherwise I won’t be effectively using it. If they stick to FB, I have got only a less number with me.

    Anyway, anything that overcomes the privacy issues that the poor FB couldn’t handle is very very welcome to me.

    Initially I too thought that it was going to be “just another” social network and a sharing button. But it seems that I am wrong.

  • livasjovej7

    @loren_sanchez http://krz.ch/yVLo

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  • It is a boys club. Every invite I sent to guys worked and the ones I sent to girls, well they can’t get in.

    Obviously you need a Google profile so they can tell which gender you are.

    Perhaps Google thinks they can have a Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden club…not sure what the logic behind this is.

  • ginidietrich

    @johnfalchetto LOL! They can use imagery such as “Girlz Not Allowed.”

  • ginidietrich

    @janesheeba The only thing I don’t like (it’s growing on me) right now is that random people are adding me to their circles (I guess like lists on Twitter?), in my home stream, I can see people I’m not following, and my noise ratio (i.e. emails) just increased considerably.

  • ginidietrich

    @margieclayman @lauraclick I saw that on Twitter this morning. I kind of chuckled to myself.

  • byron_fernandez

    @ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg You’re my hero Gini. Like Brad Pitt in #BurnafterReading

  • @johnfalchetto Hey! This sounds like the “He-Man Woman Haters Club” from the Little Rascals!

  • merylkevans

    @ginidietrich Glad you like. I had to doublecheck it myself before hitting “Send.”

  • CAMBAInc

    @johnhaydon We always enjoy your resources. You omitted the “+” in your “What the heck…” tweet. Just FYI.

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  • IamDez

    and yet I’m happy when I start seeing people NOT posting about + on + and start using it like they use other services. Not sure how many posts I’ve muted that have to do with +. Weirdly, I don’t mind the conversation about + when it’s on twitter.

  • mentormarketing

    @DebWeinstein G+ is YAST (YET ANOTHER SOCIAL TOOL) #UsGuys

  • kcunning

    @ssmirnov Crap. Is this a call for me to blog about Google+? Man…

  • ssmirnov

    @kcunning Yes! No pressure, but females got to represent. 😉

  • johnhaydon

    @CAMBAInc Thanks!

  • ExtremelyAvg

    @KDillaboughI don’t know who is better at being an early adopter, but I am still cheesed off that the world switched from the dos prompt to the stupid Apple icons, for launching software.

    C:>Still Cheesed Off

  • ExtremelyAvg

    @ginidietrich @LoriBoys Rule…Girls Drule

  • ExtremelyAvg

    @ginidietrich @LoriBoys Rule….Girls Drool

  • ExtremelyAvg

    @ginidietrich @LoriBoys Rule….Girls Drool

  • @johnfalchetto This is strange John because every time I try to open the emailed invite, my Outlook freezes! When I tried to open it on my iPod, I couldn’t get to the page. What’s up with that?

  • @ExtremelyAvg @ginidietrich Hahaha

  • ExtremelyAvg

    It sounds like most of the people following this thread have done a better job of learning about G+. I’m trying to figure out how to invite a friend (a woman…sssshhh…don’t tell). Is it possible to send out invites? How do I do it? Do I need a secret handshake or decoder ring?

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  • PyxisHeather

    @TomPick @ginidietrich: “What the heck is Google+? http://t.co/s6Gc2AB” Couldn’t agree more!

  • JGoldsborough

    @ginidietrich @johnfalchetto Only if they have a sign painted in red letters with the Z in GirlZ flipped backward :).

  • JGoldsborough

    Haven’t jumped in to try Google+ yet. Really not all that interested. Have enough on my hands with Facebook (which it looks exactly like), Twitter and blog reading/writing. If it catches on enough and enough people integrate it into their lives, we’ll know and I’ll head out there then. For now, it’s not even at Quora levels yet, IMO. But keeping a watchful eye…

  • ginidietrich

    @IamDez That’s funny! I’m going to test posting the blog there and see what it does for traffic. I sure would love to get Twitter out of the #3 spot.

  • ginidietrich

    @ExtremelyAvg You can’t send invites yet.

  • ginidietrich

    @JGoldsborough I’ll let you know if it’s something you have to get quickly interested in.

  • ginidietrich

    @Lori @johnfalchetto HAHAHAHAHA! LOL!

  • erbilacx

    Can someone send me an invite, need to get on this! FB is shit! – erbilacx@gmail.com

  • @ExtremelyAvg I added several friends and family members to my circles using their email addresses. Then, I simply shared something with them, and a few hours later, they were able to join too.

  • @ginidietrich @johnfalchetto You won’t believe this (I don’t) but the second invite you sent, John, did the SAME THING. It’s like Outlook doesn’t want to open it. I get to that email and it won’t show me a preview and then if I insist, the hourglass comes. I stuck with it this time and got to the page to find invitations are closed ;o LOL

    Didn’t want you to think I was ignoring you! It’s the strangest thing!

  • ginidietrich

    @karlrectanus I still can’t invite anyone into G+, but as soon as I can, you’re on the list!

  • ginidietrich

    @royjwells Were you hanging out on @spinsucks this morning?

  • royjwells

    @ginidietrich I was catching up and could not think of a better place to start 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @royjwells I tend to agree with you!

  • AdhamEtoom

    @byron_fernandez As John Falchetto said, “We’re just the crash test dummies” , Go and figure it out, you will love the idea @ginidietrich

  • byron_fernandez

    @AdhamEtoom @JohnFalchetto @ginidietrich Absolutely…was my favorite part, too

  • tribbylhynxi5

    @byron_fernandez http://krz.ch/zeCz

  • ginidietrich

    @erbilacx I sent you one.

  • ginidietrich

    @jono.smith I know! I really want it to work with my Reader. Badly.

  • ginidietrich

    @JGoldsborough OK. It’s time. You want an invite?

  • ginidietrich

    @marianne.worley @ExtremelyAvg Brian, are you in? If not, I’ll send you an invite.

  • ginidietrich

    @Lori Did you get in?

  • @ginidietrich don’t think so. It keeps freezing my outlook. But I am getting email from JF and Gplus. I don’t have time to figure this all out right now. I’m still not using Triberr well enough, just getting comfy with Twitter, I practically ignore FB and I’m not sure why I’ve done LinkedIn. Gonna have to think more about this Gini. How are YOU finding time for all this!?!?!

  • ginidietrich

    @Lori Well, it’s part of my job to stay ahead of new technologies and figure out the applications. If I were just doing it for personal use or as a nice-to-have, I wouldn’t make the time.

  • bhas

    When I joined Google+ I saw an avalanche of notifications in my inbox. Got rid of them from the settings and everything was well.

    I haven’t spent a lot of time on Google+, to be honest and the only major thing that I did was to add people I knew to circles. I think Google+ needs to work out on their profile section some more- for example, when are they going to give us custom URLs that can be different from gmail IDs.

    As of yesterday Google+ has an invite button on the lower right of the homepage, so everybody should be able to get in.

    Regarding Google+ and business, Google says that it is working on new features and would delete profiles of brands that are not a part of their testing group. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/07/google-asks-businesses-to-stay-out-of-google-for-now.html

  • ginidietrich

    @bhas I’m actually a fan of it now. I would love to see them connect their apps (such as Reader), but I’m pretty happy with how it’s going so far.

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  • NancyM.

    I don’t think ant social network will be able to replace twitter because twitter has blog like features. Those who crave privacy should not be on twitter or should not reveal their true identity. I see google plus as a facebook competitor. I don;t know whether it will be able to replace it. I sure hope so because I am not a facebook fan.

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