Okay, I’ve used Google + for a couple days now which makes me utterly qualified to render summary judgement on it.
I like it. At least enough that I’ll keep using it for the short term. I think it quite possibly will bridge the gaps between the public stream which I use Twitter for, meatspace friends who I keep on Facebook and the working world which I avoid on LinkedIn. Here I can have them all and keep them segregated in circles, allowing me to keep the Tech Gurus from filling my steam with their daily flood of posts (looking at you, Om…) but still allowing me to essentially aggregate their stuff for casual reading later.
What I like:
- Posts can be edited. Wow, welcome to the 21st century…but this is one of those things Facebook sorely lacks.
- Simple interface that given a little time anyone will be able to use. Things are right where you would expect them to be. Unlike on Facebook…
- Sparks gives me an easy way to find content on topics I am interested in. Totally lacking in Facebook, with it’s silos.
- I can finally create a group for sports teams so I only send my stuff when I’m game tweeting to them. That ought to please Matt B.
- When G+ makes friend suggestions, it’s merely listing anyone I followed on Buzz or showing me anyone I ever emailed from my gmail account. That’s lame. I mean, suggesting I friend the complaint department at Sears?How about analyzing my circles and finding the commonality and making suggestions based on that?
- It’s yet another place to connect with the same people. Time will tell if the real folks make it over. I’m hoping they will.
- I’d like to be able to change my default stream circle from all my friends to just my friends circle. My tech circle will turn the stream into a cesspool if I let it…