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Google Plus: What does it mean for +You?


Guest blog article written by Steve Loosley, Tech Blogger

Three weeks and 20 million users — Google Plus is everywhere, from the headlines of the New York Times to the millions of “walls” on Facebook. What is Google+, or G+ as it’s commonly called?

What does Google Plus mean for +You?

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Google claims, “The Google+ project makes sharing on the web more like sharing in the real world.” Even though Google+, Facebook, and Twitter are often used in the same sentence, Google is carefully positioning G+ as a platform for sharing information, as opposed to another social media site.

G+ is designed around the metaphor of a circle.

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All of us have “circles” of friends, circles with our family, close friends, classmates, colleagues, associates, customers, clients, and so forth. Moreover, we share different things with different circles. We tell our parents one thing, our close friends another, and our business associates still another.

G+ enables us to share different things with different groups or circles of people electronically, just as we do “off-line” in everyday life. We can share stuff with one person, with a group of people, or with anyone and everyone, the public. Stuff can be most anything, notes, pictures, videos, web pages — virtually anything.

In the following series of posts, we will show +You how to put Google+ to work, including how to sign-up for G+, set-up your profile, arrange your circles, and share information. In our next post, we will help you join and set-up your account.

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One concern I have with other social networking sites is privacy. There is a lot that needs to be done just to say no for specific information not to be shared. Sometimes I've had my settings get reverted back to sharing after system changes are made. It would be nice to have an easy to understand and visual way of knowing what you’re sharing just by placing people in circles. I can’t wait to get a chance to test out Google+!
Posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:32 AM by Katie Johnson
This sounds very interesting.
Posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 11:04 AM by Deanne Terry
I enjoy how G+ helps simplify the gap between personal and professional social media. I am interested in exploring the 'hang out' function that allows users to video chat with selected circles. 
I am also interested the 'Sparks' feature. It will help me keep a pulse on my interests that may not have a RSS feed while keeping my personal and professional interested separate but quickly available.
Posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 9:24 PM by Angie Wisk
Thank you Katie, Deanne, and Angie for your comments! And congratulations Deanne, you won the weekly prize, which is 3 copies of The Results Curve: How to Manage Focused and Collaborative Time!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2011 8:51 AM by Pierre Khawand
I must have accepted an invite to upgrade to google+...not knowing that my friends list would be shared by everyone on that list. I went through the steps to opt out of google+ and return to just plain google. I still see a + after "you" in the upper left corner?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:29 PM by MP
MP I feel your frustration. Often it's easier to subscribe to something on the Internet than to leave it. Fortunately, Google is very accommodating and makes it easy to remove your content and terminate your service. Unfortunately, though, I don't have any personal experience with leaving Google+. I hope that you are able to make social media work for you, the way that you want. Thanks for dropping by. -Steve
Posted @ Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:45 PM by Pierre Khawand
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