Google+ is the latest entry in the social media web applications taking the world by storm. It’s been around for a little over a month and is gaining some attention. I believe it is still in beta form and you can only gain access to the service via an invite from another existing user. More about that in a minute.
Yes it might be possible that you have already hit your limit of the number of social media sites you will join and use. Like many hams, I tend to frequent Twitter and Facebook only. But Google+ is gaining more of my attention, especially over Facebook.
Facebook privacy concerns have always been something I’ve thought about. I know some folks just flat out will not join Facebook or they cancelled their accounts for this very reason. I tend to operate under the idea that I won’t say or talk about anything on Facebook that I would be afraid for my Mother or Grandmother to read. But with Facebook you really don’t have a lot of control with who you share what information with.
An example of this problem is I have a couple of different types of people who follow me on Facebook. I have hams (like you), family and old class mates. If I log onto Facebook and talk about how excited I was to work the STS-135 special event station, about half of my followers won’t or care to understand what I’m talking about.
Google+ changes all this. When you setup Google+ you add people you know or want to know better into circles. Think of them as a circle of friends. I’ve setup circles based on ham radio, geocaching, flight simulation, family and friends. When I decide to post something on Google+ I can decide which of my circles to direct that message to. This functionality helps prevent the information overload effect of broadcasting every thought to every person you follow.
There are other advantages to Google+ which I’ve not covered. I wanted to keep this blog posting short and sweet. If you are a ham and would like an invite to Google+, please contact me (my email address is on QRZ) and I’ll be more than happy to send you an invite and add you to my amateur radio circle.
Until next time…
73 de KD0BIK