What Is Google+ And Should I Join?

What is Google+?

It is a combination of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook all rolled into one with a few extra features.

How does Google+ compare to LinkedIn?

Like LinkedIn, it is a place to network with other professionals, marketing your services, products and/or company.

Personally, I find Google+ is one step further with more personality and the ability to interact with others. I have an account on LinkedIn but feel it is boring like a government office. Google+ is like work with a fun conference room you can visit anytime you want.

I also don’t like the fact that LinkedIn wants to access personal email accounts and use our information for advertising purposes. Invading a person’s life does not make me feel safe.

How does Google+ compare to Facebook?

The biggest selling point thus far is their “circles” feature. You can categorize your friends, acquaintances, coworkers, family and networking people in any lists you choose and in anyway you want; you name the groups. When you post pictures or comments you decide who sees and reads them. No more embarrassing moments when your mom sees highlights of parties you’ve attended or bosses seeing your opinion of your workplace.

Google versus Facebook depends a great deal on why you are on a social networking site.

As of this writing Google+ doesn’t have any advertising on our pages. I don’t see that lasting. Companies have to make money somehow and they don’t charge a membership fee so advertising is the most obvious way to do that but for now we are ad free.

If you make a post or you comment on someone’s page you can edit it. That’s one of my favorite things. Sometimes we write something but our fingers don’t cooperate or we get in too big of a hurry and then later wish we could edit our typing. Google+ lets you do that anytime you choose, even deleting the whole thing if you come to your senses and realize that wasn’t what you wanted to say after all.

They don’t have invasive games like Farmville. There is a button you can click on to play games, I don’t participate so I couldn’t say what they have available but the biggest plus is that they don’t post updates on everyone’s site about what cow someone has purchased and continually trying to get people to join mobs.

You can post as long of a status update as you like. Facebook’s limit can be a problem sometimes if you have a lot to say.

You can post jpeg pictures. People are having a ball with that one and some of them are fun to watch.

They have a chat feature where you can webcam with another person if you want. They even have a group conference feature so you can talk on webcam with a designated number of individuals. I haven’t checked out either of these but could see it being appealing to many people.

How does Google+ compare to Twitter


Twitter limits the length of your comments making it difficult to post very much at a time.

You can use hashtags or pound symbols "#" to help place on Google's search feed plus anything you post on Google+'s public thread will show up on the main search feed.

Google+ has an immediate response just like Twitter so you get blog updates, news information or whatever your friends post.

Twitter is good for posting updates of what you are working on, or doing and fun sayings that you wrote or quoting famous people. It isn’t easy to interact with others and I thought that would be their downfall but there are people who enjoy making quick comments and don't necessarily want an answer to their remarks.

What are the negative points of Google+?


There aren't as many people as you find on Facebook so you may not be able to find your usual friends. You can try to get them to join.

There has been a little bad press, just like when Facebook started out, over people using their “real names.” And just like Facebook they have relaxed that rule especially for those who use an online pseudonym that is well known by their fans.

In the beginning you couldn't add a business or product but that is changing. You can have a fan page just like on Facebook for your book or webpage.

Some think that Google will be able to access more of our personal information analyzing our circles to see what kind of people we interact with, what we purchase and whom we read for marketing purposes. Possibly, but they all do that to some degree. That doesn’t bother me as much as LinkedIn trying to access my email account.

In Closing:

Some are predicting that if Google+ continues to grow in popularity like it has it will put LinkedIn and Twitter out of business. Facebook will lose money but will keep retired people and kids entertained with their games. Only time will tell.

Google owns a huge portion of the Internet world already: YouTube, Blogger, Gmail and of course Google the number one search engine. I expect big things from this social networking site.

At the moment they don’t have a blog feature or way to link your blog but they are making changes all of the time. I predict they will connect Blogger in some way in the future. I’ve had a Blogger account for many years now so I’m hoping that will happen.

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nickm6556 5 years ago

I personally love google+ and the only reason I am not using it all the time now is because not all of my friends are on it.

Basically google+ needs to make itself more appealing then facebook and currently, the only thing its doing is using circles and the games tab. Things such as the bad chat and the need for business pages will slow google down if they are not repaired soon.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for writing this hub as so many people I find are really confused as to what Google + is. I have an account but very rarely use it right now but may start using it more in the future.

Up and useful.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

NickM, I see more and more people joining all the time. I still go to Facebook some because I have several friends that are still there and haven't made the transition. Some may never because they aren't into that sort of thing.

Susan, add me if you would like. I have found a lot of big name people there that are wonderful sources of information. The nice thing is since it's in it's infancy with not too many people they take the time to talk to us little folks which is great.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

I got in on the beta level and was not sure what it was I got into. You've just opened my eyes and I'm going to play a bit with it now and see just what I think of it.

Thank you from a beginner in computers and the ways things work. It was 2008 in the late summer I got my 1st computer, so much to learn,

dusty


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Dusty, I've been on there since almost the beginning. I have a lot of techy friends that help me out or I'd be lost.

I sent you an invite,maybe I'll see you around.


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo

Actually, forget the email I sent. I'm clicked on the link you put here, and I think I'm part of the trial now... so far looks legit


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Okay, Bubblegum, I hope it works and you enjoy the site. I'm enjoying it.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Google+ is as valid as Facebook and should do pretty well.;)

I don't think it's a Facebook killer.;)


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vissitor 5 years ago from Sonoma Valley, California

Well done. I am one of the novitiates at Google+ and confess to some confusion. Your well written and informative Hub really helped. Voted up and very useful. Thank you.


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Jaymye Allen 5 years ago from Sherman, Texas

I was wondering what Google+ was and here you are to inform me! I appreciate this hub and the information it imparts. And the video was totally sweet. Thanks!


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

Great review. I voted up and useful. I personally find it too time consuming to be on multiple social platforms. That's going to be a problem as more and more of these crop up. As you said, you have some friends on Facebook who are not an Google +. That's going to hinder the reason for having these things in the first place. I may be getting old-fashioned in the social networking environment, but I still feel that good old email is still the way to go as far as communicating.

Of course there are exceptions, such as what we do here on HubPages. We have a social network of Hubbers sharing in the HP Forums and in Hub comments such as this. Networking like this is specific to each platform as serves its own purpose.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Mentalist, I don't think it will kill Facebook but it has already affected their earnings.

Vissitor, it's not too hard, it I can figure it out anyone can.

Jayme, I've enjoyed it so far.

Glenn, unfortunately we have to do a lot of marketing and social networking sites are the best way to do that. I've noticed a huge increase in my views and earnings on my Blogger account since I started using Google+. I can't tell where traffic comes from on HubPages but I probably got more here too.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Great information! I haven't join google+ yet, but maybe I should! It takes time to be on social sites and sometimes I think it is to time consuming! But as you say, it can also be very useful! Thanks for the useful information!

Tina


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

Pamela, Just a reply to your reply... you can tell where traffic comes from. Click on the stats tab on any hub and you will see the list of the Top Traffic Sources. You have a good point about marketing. You convinced me that I should try at least one of the social networking sites.


Mary 5 years ago

Hello guys ok i love google beacuse it is the best i have lort some things on it ok bye guys now.......:)


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thoughtforce, I don't go to those sites everyday but try to check in once in a while. I've noticed more big names on Google+ and interaction with influential people I can learn from as apposed to the fun chatter of Facebook.

Glenn, I'll have to check that out. I've gotten earnings statistics but never figured out how to check individual articles.

Mary, glad you are enjoying Google+. Thanks for reading.


mib56789 5 years ago

Hi! Accidentally found your HUBPages fishing through Facebook and GOOGLE+ profiles looking to connect with people in the business of real estate. I am now following you here and have also added you to my GOOGLE+ circles. I supplied a link to this HUB at my HUB about GOOGLE+ to redirect traffic here.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, mib56789. I'll look for you on Google+.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for this useful info...


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, Lady_E.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I joined Google+ a couple of months ago...I visit it often but not as often as HubPages, FB and Twitter. Informative hub! Thank you! :)


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Sunshine, some really love it and some don't care for it too much. I have met a lot of great people there who weren't on Facebook. We all have different taste in what we want from a website.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Pamela! I also met different people on Google+! Very interesting. There are too many sites to join but I keep going back to the originals! Feel free to send me a Google+ request...info is on my profile page :)


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Sunshine, I'll look for you on Google+. It's been great for picking up new friends and readers. I think it's a more worthwhile site for writers than Facebook due to them owning the biggest search engine.


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dumindu89 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

I like Google+ and I like the information in your hub too. Useful stuff.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, dumindu89.


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Rob Winters 4 years ago

Great overview Pamela.Never new Google Plus had so many features.Up & Useful :-)


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, Rob. I just went and edited that story. I wrote it right after Google+ started and realize there are many changes since I posted this article.


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

I am relatively new to google+ but it does seem that very few people are on it compared to Facebbok, whether it really catches on or not only time will tell, after all this is not exactly the big G's first attempt to break into the social networking scene. Great hub :)


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Steve, I have quite a few friends on Google+. Some of the same ones from facebook and some who do not like facebook and are only on G+.

Facebook is making many changes and not everyone is happy with them so who knows, they may opt to move to G+.

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