Are you on Google Plus yet? You should be!
I think it is going to be a great way to help market your blog or other types of business. I have been trying to be more active on there recently. I really like Google+. I enjoy the layout and the circles. But there is a problem with Google+.
As I was looking through my “Friends” circle I saw that many of them who had signed up when it first started hadn’t logged in for over a year. My “Friends” circle is people I know in my off-line life. People I consider friends and family. Not really the people I have met by blogging or with my photography.
I see this as the issue. Google+ is a great place but are the people there? Is it just filled with those of us trying to get our business out there? The reason Facebook got so big was because everyone was on it. Back in the Myspace days, my parent’s generation skipped it because it was too young for them. They went on Facebook because it worked for them. It works for college students and grandmothers. Can Google+ bring those types of people in?
Maybe the point of Google+ isn’t to replace Facebook. I am not totally sure on that. It seems like they have a little bit of a competition going on. Shortly after Google+ came on the scene with its circles and the ability to organizing people like that, Facebook changed things and made it easier for us to sort everyone into groups and lists on there. Google+ just added communities which I am loving. It also seemed to me that Google+ came to fill the privacy void that Facebook gets accused of. They made it much easier for us to keep certain things private where Facebook seems to lean more on the side of sharing everything with everyone.
I am not sure of the future of Facebook. Last week I heard some rumors about them getting rid of pages. I don’t think that is true but it made me wonder how Facebook will do in the next few years. Every few days I see someone saying they are ready to ditch Facebook.
But how do we get people on Google+? Google has made it easy. If you have a Google account you have a Google plus account. You might even have people adding you to circles before you even go there. People might login in a few times but what is going to get them to stay?
Knowing that their friends are there!
I think in order for Google Plus to become popular to the majority of online users is to know their friends are there. Then again maybe Google+ isn’t for the same people that populate Facebook. Maybe it isn’t meant for that. Maybe it is meant for bloggers, photographers and others trying to get noticed in the Internet world. Since Google does rank us, it is probably a good thing to be on there if you have any type of site you want Google to notice you.
I plan to make Google+ more apart of my everyday schedule. I plan to post there more often, get more involved in the communities and really make it one of my social media homes. Time will tell what will happen to Facebook and the people who spend the most time there.
What do you think? Do you think Google+ will take over Facebook someday? Do you think it has another purpose?
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