In the month or so that I’ve been on Google+ I’ve been watching it grow from a gentle breeze to a rumble of thunder, partly with fascination but also horror.
Horror, because I haven’t quite figured out its point of differentiation yet.
To begin with it felt like a Facebook clone but now it’s more like the bastard cousin of Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed and Skype. And I don’t get it.
Are Your Struggling Too?
So as a business user what do you make of it all ?
Are you on Google+ yet with a defined purpose in mind or are you just looking around, there because you’re afraid the next Pbig thing might pass you by.
I can see that like Twitter and Facebook it’s all very nice and dandy for engaging, connecting,
wasting time and getting your thoughts and ideas noticed by others. But doesn’t Twitter do that? And, besides, a lot of my connections from Twitter are now doubling up on Google+ too. So where do I follow them? Where do we connect?
I’d be anxious about losing track of people across the holy trinity of social media sites â€“ Facebook, Twitter and Google+ â€“ if it wasn’t for the fact I’m trying to finish a business kit I’m planning to launch during the fall.
Perhaps I’d get more out of Google+, understand it better, if it was on HootSuite: another stream to follow, another account to post to direct to just like all the rest.
I’d also be anxious about losing track of people across the holy trinity of social media sites â€“ Facebook, Twitter and Google+ â€“ if it wasn’t for the fact I’m trying to finish a business kit I’m planning to launch during the fall.
Don’t Forget Business Profiles Are Coming
To top it all Google are planning to introduce Google+ Business Profie Pages just to make things even harder for us small business users. Harder, because it takes time to develop profiles and feed them. Harder because we need to figure out how to use them.
Still, it could well be that G+ Pages trump Facebook if they allow us to integrate business profiles with Google Search, as I’m sure they will.
In the meantime I’ll watch and observe, dip my toe in the water, and think my way through Goolge +.