I’ve had a profile on Google+ for a while, but I took a while to add it on my website since they’re taking their time to make changes and test it out. I haven’t yet seen a lot of people adding links from their blogs and webpages, probably for the same reason I haven’t.
I’m on Google+!
I already have a link for Twitter, Blogger, and once I update one other thing I’m on and join another I’ll probably have two more down the line. (I do have a Facebook profile, but I keep it mostly private and may even start using it less and thinning out my friend list — I was very pleased about Google+ starting up because I wanted something like it to use for socializing with other costumers and people I meet through my website.)
Anyway, as you can see I’ve added a link to my Google+ profile to the sidebar on the right. Please let me know who you are as well, so I can add you to the correct circle! I have friends all over from different interests, and my memory is also horrible — plus many of the people I know online go by nicknames totally unrelated to their real name!
Another social networking site?
When Google+ first came out, a lot of people didn’t want anything to do with it. They hated the thought of yet another social network. Others were happy to have something they liked better and deleted the other ones they were on or use them less.
Options are great!
I must admit, so far from what I can tell, I think Google+ has really come up with some neat ideas to make their social network stand out. First, I like having different options. Some of the places I’m on are for private use and I don’t mention them publicly or provide a link to them. Others, I use differently, like Twitter.
I’ve met some people on Twitter, but I mainly use it to follow news, weather, and topics I like to keep track of. With Google+, I like that it has the feel of both Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve decided to use it for my website. I may eventually create a Facebook page like other bloggers have done, since some people prefer Facebook. We’ll see how things go — I don’t want to feel like I’m spread too thin with all of these different networking sites.
Google+ could be great for costumers
Google+ makes organizing friends into groups is so quick and easy. If I don’t want to bother my musician friends or WordPress acquaintances with costuming stuff, I can quickly change who sees what I’m about to put as a status.
Also, while I never use Facebook chat, there is a video chat where you can add a lot of friends. Once it’s working smoothly (it hasn’t worked the two times I’ve tried it), there is also an option to watch YouTube videos with the people you’re chatting with. Can you imagine talking with sewing and costuming friends about a certain sewing technique and someone says “oh! There’s a video for that! Hold on…” and they pull up the YouTube video so everyone can watch it at the same time and comment on it? Also, I haven’t used it yet, but there is something called a huddle where people could chat about a topic and it keeps it all together and handy to follow.
My husband’s entry about Google+ features
My husband created a blog entry explaining some of the features from a writer’s point of view, but I think it could work for many different groups. Instead of making one from scratch for costumers, I thought I would just link to it here (and here is another entry covering his initial thoughts about Google+).
Say hello if you’re there!
So, if you’re on Google+ I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know who you are so I can make sure I add you to the correct circle (costumer, history blogger, musician, kilt wearer, etc). Best wishes, and I hope there can be a great costuming community that’s easy to find on Google+!