Google+ is, so far, the only social media site I haven’t had to be dragged on to kicking and screaming. All of the others – MySpace, Facebook and Twitter – struck me as a gargantuan time suck with little benefit. Friends of mine (I call them friends) ganged up and created a MySpace profile for me, so it was get my ass on there or have them make up outrageous shit about me until I did. Can’t remember why I joined Facebook, honestly – I think it was for some cause or other. And Twitter is Erik Klemetti’s fault – when he left ScienceBlogs, he was only going to be on Twitter for a while, so I grumbled and I groaned but I jumped on to follow him because I couldn’t be without Eruptions. Little did I know that Twitter would change my life for the best. Thank you, Erik!
I think it’s that last experience that made me want to be in on Google+ from the beginning. That, and the promise that I could organize the people I associated with into circles. This is genius. I don’t have to drink from a firehose – if I want to catch up on my geos, I can choose my geo circle; if I’m feeling friendly, I can view friends only, and so forth. Here’s what my home page looks like:
Also not the “Hangouts” button to the right. Hangouts are genius. Ron was kind enough to have me over for a chat earlier. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to get audio to work, and I still haven’t figured out why it won’t save my settings, but I’m sure those issues will get sorted. We still managed a fine chat, and you know what this means: we can all jump into a hangout, show each other rocks, and jibber-jabber. If they come up with a recording feature, it’ll become a hugely valuable tool for us.
Posting is a breeze, and I love the look I get when I link blog posts:
Adding people to circles, creating new circles, and managing them is simplicity itself. You’ll see when you get there. It’s pretty much just drag-and-drop, and there’s all sorts of ways to add people without having to go through a lot of effort.
That’s the thing about Google+: even in these early days, it’s pretty much effortless. I don’t know how cluttered and weird it might get later, but right now it’s relaxing, refreshing, and actually useful. It seems like I’ll be able to connect with a huge number of very outstanding people here, and it allows a lot more depth and scope than Twitter.
Not that I’ll ever stop loving Twitter. The two seem to compliment each other quite well so far, and let’s face facts: I’m a total Twitter addict. But I’m happy there’s finally a social networking site that allows me to do so much more without the various irritations of Facebook.
If you’re already on Google+, come find me. If not, hop on once they’ve opened the place up and come find me then. I want my circles filled with awesome, and you, my darlings, are the very definition of awesome.