Do You Google+ ?

Do you Google+ ?

After an initial flurry on interest in Google+ I couldn’t quite decide what it was for. Like many people I keep contact with friends and family on facebook and it servers a purpose, I can’t say I actually like the platform but it does keep me in contact. Google+ is a similar swervice but for a while I couldn’t understand what it was actually for. If nobody I knew was on it then what use is it to me?

Over the past few months a number of different additions have been made to it. There are now communities that seem to be well populated including several for Ham radio.

Again I wasn’t really sure how these things would benefit me, especially as time seems to disappear very quickly at the moment. But yesterday it struck me that you get out what you put in. Not exactly innovative thinking but I posted a question on one community and was pleasantly surprised to see the responses came quickly and they were relevant. Having tested the water I think its time I used it a bit more, not just a personal news service from various blogs and sites now that Google Reader is going to be shut down.

So if you fancy dipping a toe into the various communities I can recommend it. I struggle to actually explain what the service is but as a geek I’ve found it useful in keeping myself up to date with my interests.

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Do You Google+ ?”

  • Yes, I G+. I’ve almost left Facebook entirely. I was getting sick of “forward this or you’ll burn in hell” reposts and other generally annoying stuff. G+ is definitely a different vibe than FB, with a lot more geeks, techies, and scientifically minded people.

  • N5TGL Michael:

    G+ is so much better than FB in many ways. Only reason I post to FB anymore is that my relatives are on it.

  • Alex, G7KSE:

    I have found it much more useful recently and check into it quite regularly. i’m sure it’ll take over for me as time goes on

  • Mark AI4HO:

    I agree with both Michael and Anthony, I have FB and will occasionally post updates on FB, but I have been a Google+ user almost since it came out. I just like the way it is set up, true enough those of us who have been on G+ from the early days had to consider, do I G+ or FB. After all the BS and such on FB lately, I have for the most part switched mostly to G+ for everything. Even those who I initially invited to G+ and who have subsequently joined me on G+, even if it has taken them longer to grasp the whole G+ attitude. For me, I feel as though there is a better class of people on G+ than FB or any of the other “social media” network site, then again………that’s just me.

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