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  1. Joanne Natale
    July 19, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    I was really hesitant and I had practically made up my mind to ignore (just as I had ignored My Space) but curiousity got the better of me. I still don’t know what to think because frankly if I am going to just have circles with the same people that are my friends on Facebook, well then I might as well just stick to Facebook. Oh, and since we’re being honest, I was kind of hoping that it might be a way to promote my site, but I haven’t figured out how. Oh well, if nothing else I can say that I tried it – something that I never did with My Space!

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  2. Chloe
    July 19, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    I completely agree. Fail. 🙁

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  3. Derek R
    November 3, 2011 @ 3:02 am

    Hello Phil,

    I think there’s a lot of confusion about what Google+ was supposed to be. It’s definitely not Facebook, nor is it Twitter. Since I don’t know much about you I don’t really know why you write your blog or engage in any kind of social media, so what I’ll do is quickly go into what makes G+ a social network of caliber:

    1. Content management — Whereas with other networks every contact receives every message you send with G+ allows you to create groups (circles) of people to receive information relevant to them.

    2. SEO — Public posts on G+ are rated higher on Google, whereas they may not be visible at all using other social networks, even if posted publicly.

    3. Better conversation — this one is a big one for me… people on G+ seem far more willing to have a conversation, rather than give monosyllabic answers to posts.

    4. Search functionality — Something new since your post here… Type anything into the top search bar in G+ and see what people are talking about, whether as public G+ posts, users who may be interested that subject or news stories relating to the subject. It’s really quite dynamic.

    5. Hangouts — Video conferencing for up to 10 people at once. It’s being used for a variety of educational purposes now and people will soon have the ability to broadcast live on youtube so that larger groups can listen in.

    I’d urge you to give G+ another look. If you were an early adopter of Facebook I’m sure you remember how feature bare it was at the time… keep in mind that for G+ private messages have always been a part of it (just start typing their name in the “Add circles or people” area) and business pages are only “weeks” away (which should function as groups as well).

    Derek

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