Costumers on Google Plus?

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+!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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5 Responses to Costumers on Google Plus?

  1. Mary says:

    Nicely put and good reasons for using google+ Here’s hoping others say “hi”! So far, for me, FB works fine but since I don’t really have any special interests right now, I think that’s why. Good luck with building a presence and a good costuming circle with Google+!

  2. Thanks Mary! Who knows? There might be a time you find a specific use for the different networks, especially G+. I wasn’t sure at first, and then when I found out more about it I knew it would be my main website-networking account. Each one can be used differently. Still deciding whether or not I’ll eventually do a Facebook page, but I figure I can hold off on that for now.

    I definitely hope to find more costumers over there! 😀

  3. Christopher Gronlund says:

    I was about to back off from social networking–even considered giving it up entirely for a month or two–until Google Plus came around. So far, I love it.

    I hope it doesn’t become like Twitter where you get so many people just following as many people as possible in the hope of follow backs so they can sell things to them. But I don’t feel as compelled to follow people back on G+

    I can’t wait to see what happens with it.

  4. @Christopher: Yeah, I’m hoping I don’t get too flooded with chatter where I can barely follow anyone’s posts or conversations. I already skim Twitter and other places as fast as I can, but I do like being connected. I won’t add someone to a circle if I don’t know who they are or can’t figure it out by looking at their profile. If they look like a costumer or someone else from one of my other interests I’ll most likely add them though. I’m sure I’ll make various changes over time as G+ grows and my needs change. It should be interesting to see what happens!

  5. Hi Cynthia
    I signed up for Google+ So far it is yet another way to keep up with friends and I’m not sure I am in love with it. I do like the circles though. I finally got back to my poor LiveJournal account for costuming friends, Blogspot for old house/antiques/garage sales/junking friends and Facebook for Mafia Wars and relatives. Costuming friends are sprinkled through all of them though LOL! I even found some new ones who aren’t on LiveJournal.

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