The only thing missing from Google+ for a user like me is a direct link to the Analytics page. Online writers measure their work and performance via analytics, but so far, my Google+ page, offers the web, gmail, documents, calendar, and the Google reader, news, images, etc.. The “Reader” is like Google Chrome and organized email files combined into one. It’s a neat feature for people who visit a lot of websites.
Eventually, I’ll take time to add Analytics to the reader.
There are a number of anonyms for my job writing on the web. Social media content provider, writer, wanna- be journalist and gossip monger to name a few. Either way, I want people to read my work, but at the same time, I don’t want to interrupt their day or bombard them with information that's not relevant to them. On Google+, every story that I “add” to Google buzz, (I post stories with “Add This”) posts to my Google “Buzz” section, not the stream. In other sites, the stream is considered the news feed.
My Google Buzz section isn’t the same as its stream. The stream is similar to the status update. Not everyone is cool with floods of news stories streaming into their homepage. Sometimes all you want to do is check up on your homeys. So the buzz is great, it’s an alternative that ensures inclusion in Google without intruding on those social networkers who use the site to chat and communicate more personal messages throughout day.
Since the Google+ official launch date is July 31st, it’ll be a while before those personal friends in my gmail account can meet me on the site. Google+ is extremely relaxed. Soulja boy’s page (he’s the first celebrity I’ve stumbled across) demonstrates a strong degree of seriousness about himself and his career. Most of the accounts that I’ve browsed demonstrate the same hardworking attitude.
On the profile page, in the about me section, there’s a space for each poster to reveal his or her “bragging rights.” That’s a great feature. It’s best to get our personal challenges and victories out in the open right away. That beats strange and unusual status updates and “vague booking” (the art of posting vague, attention seeking status updates) dominating the airwaves.
I was invited to Google+ by a Facebook friend. He had invites to Google+ and asked friends (or family, or acquaintances or followers) to send an email addy if they wanted in. I sent my email right away. Checked back two hours later and sometime Wednesday night around 11 p.m., I’d entered a new social networking kingdom. For about an hour I played a travel game, “Where in the World.” The object of the game is to guess the location of the photo.
There’s a feeling of exclusivity that I am enjoying right now with Google+. My active Google+ contact circles are just 4 great people. Two I've met on the internet and have corresponded with for years now. One new friend through a mutual friend, and one interesting web owner whose name I ran across in a random search for someone whose name is somewhat similar.
I don’t have invites. But if you’re in Google+ already, look me up and let’s circle around.