I read an article that referenced all the people who’ve gotten into Google+ as early adopters.
This cracks me up, because I just installed Skype in March, and I didn’t even start using Hootsuite to manage Twitter until 2 weeks ago.
Yet, I’m field testing Google+.
I hardcore love that the invitation came from my husband, rather than one of the super connected people I know through blogging. It’s just…so sweet. He doesn’t blog. He’s not on Twitter. Yet he hooked me up. And I love it.
Sorry, gushiness over.
It’s been a little less than a week now, and I am officially converted. There are countless tutorials already, and that’s not really my thing, but I am definitely writing to convince you to sign up. Because it’ll be a hell of a lot more fun if you’re playing in the sandbox.
1. Google+ is new, so users aren’t jaded yet.
There’s something akin to giddiness over at Google+. Some people are questioning whether they really need yet another social network, but, overwhelmingly, I’m seeing a fresh, open approach.
2. The circles feature has crazy potential.
I just may be the only person left in the online community with only 200 contacts on Facebook. That’s because I largely limit it to…friends. I’ve started connecting with others on Facebook, but I’m selective about it. We need to have met in person and/or engaged in an ongoing conversation.
Now that I’ve expanded my Facebook account to include some of my blog buddies, I feel incredibly awkward. Silly things I previously felt comfortable sharing with friends just don’t feel appropriate now.
With Google+, you can group people and designate which groups receive your updates.
3. It just feels…social.
My initial impression is that Google+ combines the best of Facebook (threaded comments around specific subjects) with the best of Twitter (ability to listen in on multiple conversations). It’s still in early tests, so there are plenty of issues to work through (only being able to see one circle or all), but I trust it’ll get better.
Don’t you want an invite?
Invitations are opened in waves. It appears that Google has a quota for allowing new users into Google+. And there are limits to how many users a person can invite at once.
All that aside, I’d love to invite you to join me.
To do so, I need your e-mail address. You can either leave a comment, or shoot me an e-mail at hello at brigittelyons dot com.
I’ll see you there.