Your Reluctance to Put Me in a Google Plus Circle Makes Me Question Our Facebook Friendship

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Google has again entered into the social networking game with it’s new Google + platform.  Just shy of three months old and already boasts more than 26 million users!  As of July 16, Google + is the 42nd most-visited social networking site in the U.S. and the 638th most-visited site on the web. And ladies, if you think all of the men are at sporting events, parks or coffee shops – think again! It’s raining men on Google + – with 72 percent of the users being men and 94 percent claim they’re looking for love!

Here are the top 4 things I love about Google +!

Hangouts 

Hangouts are group video chats that let users talk to their friends in real time.  Unlike Skype, which charges a fee for multiple users, up to 10 people can participate in one hangout at a time, totally free of cost.  What’s more, if you want to watch the latest funny cat video with nine of your closest friends, now you can, thanks to Google +’s integration with YouTube.  Users can choose the desired video on YouTube, click “Share” and then “Start a Google + Hangout.” Instant Party!

 

Circles

I love my family, but I’m sick of them stalking me on Facebook! Google + has a solution: a feature that allows users to organize contacts into separate groups or “circles” to pick and choose what those circles can view. Circles also lets users filter their stream, Google +’s version of Facebook’s News Feed. So when you’re tired of reading your aunt’s 14 million posts a day about her new online business, simply click over from your “family” stream to “friends” stream and problem solved!  Google + also has “Suggested Users” feature that enables adding famous people (or random strangers) to your circles.  Users can see updates from their favorite celebrities or bloggers – even if they’re technically not your real-life friends. So yes, I can take my Alexander Skarsgard-stalkerdom to an entirely new level!

No applications!!

Farmville and Mafia Wars might be fun, but if you don’t want to play them, the constant invites are annoying.  I get about 12,393,493 invites every day and I do not want to join! Yes, I was sure when I turned down your request four months ago, and I was sure when I turned it down three weeks ago, and I am still sure I don’t want to join them today!  Sure there are ways to hide the requests, but that extra step to get there is annoying.  Google + announced integrating web-based games with titles including Angry Birds, Bejewled Blitz, Zynga Poker & Sudoku.  But Google states that games in Google + don’t get in the way – they are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.

Mobile Integration

These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it’s always with you, it’s always online and it’s how we stay close with our closest friends.  Google + didn’t just want another mobile experienced, so they focused on things to make your pocket computer even more personal.  With Google +, users can choose to add their location to every post.  Also, getting photos off your phone is a huge pain, and most of us don’t even bother.  Google + has an Instant Upload to help users share their photos.  While snapping pictures, Google + adds your photos to a private album in the cloud.  This way they are always available across your devices and ready to share as each user sees fit.

 

Here’s a fun infographic I found about Google +! I find it funny that Mark Zuckerberg is the top person on Google + with over 450,000 followers.

 

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  1. Lauren, you share some pretty amazing stats! Men looking for love as the highest users of the site and Mark Zuckerberg as the top person on Google are amazing bits of information! Really, it makes sense for marketers to hear some of the complaints that you mention regarding overload. Whether it is Farmville in my face or another question to answer to find out what someone says about me, I am getting to the burnout phase of Facebook, not to even mention the many other sites that I must get the courage to try to conquer. I can honestly say I am OVERWHELMED at all the social media options. I have yet to be able to master the many social channels without feeling dread!! The average online user spends approximately 30 hours a month online and still can’t keep up! We need to get rid of our day jobs!

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