What’s the Deal with Google+?

by Nicole Branigan on July 5, 2011 · 1 comment

Google+ and social mediaDear Blackbird Can Write blog,

Oh, hi! You still exist? I’ve been so busy I’ve barely had time to write my own name, let alone blog. I didn’t mean to neglect or ignore you, blog, I hope you understand. It’s just that there is a tiny little sweetie living in my house and he requires hugs and kisses on the regular.

Anyway, I wanted to ask you a question. What’s the deal with Google+? I’ve received an invitation, and have signed up and completed my profile, but I’m not sure what to think. It feels as though Google is on the cusp of making a social media breakthrough, but what that breakthrough is I’ve yet to understand.

Sure, you share news and Internet findings with specific groups of people (friends, family, etc), and you and your circles can video chat and watch the same cat videos from different locations while video chatting. You can also ask questions and promote your business in specific circles. But isn’t that possible with instant messaging?

I’ll admit, blog, that I haven’t completely researched Google+, and the whole thing overwhelms me. I recognize the potential for Google to monopolize the social media landscape, and the ability to share content with friends easily right from your email account is interesting. But, wait, isn’t that just email?

Okay, what am I missing here? I want to believe in Google+, but after tinkering with it I still don’t get it. It’s like when I saw Twilight, and I wanted to believe the two protagonists (there can be more than one protagonist, right?) were in love but I just didn’t buy it. Can you help? In return I promise I’ll put down the ice cream and pay more attention to you. Well, maybe I’ll just pay more attention to you.

Yours forever (until I have a baby then it’s still forever, but maybe not quite as often),

Nicole

 

 

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