A little over a month ago I wrote 5 Reasons Why I Might Dump Facebook for Google+ and it sparked some pretty good discussion about social media.
In fact, that post received over 80 comments, which is something that hasn’t happened around here for some time.
Not only did that prove to me that folks had quite a bit to say about Google+, it also showed me that my blog (though I still feel at times it is), well isn’t quite dead yet.
So What’s Your Verdict on Google Plus?
Now that Google+ has been available to users for a few weeks, I wanted to check in and see if you’re still using it. Like all shiny, new toys, Google+ was incredibly addicting – so much that I spent a few hours a day on it at the beginning.
So what about you? Has the luster worn off for you already?
I have to admit for me, personally, that it has to some degree. I still think that I enjoy the interface and overall my experience much more on Google+ than on Facebook. After all, it’s fun posting a picture of a new house and getting 33 +1′s and 44 comments.
But that was in the honeymoon stages of Google+, and I doubt that it would receive as much attention today as it did back then.
The Sad Truth About Social Media
If you’re anything like me, I’ll be willing to bet that you’re desperately waiting for that magic “sharing” platform to be developed. You know, the one that allows you to post something once, and it magically sends it out as a Facebook status, shows up in your Google+ stream and also sends it out as a Tweet?
I’ll admit that I feel pretty lame about having something witty to say, posting it on one of the 3 aforementioned social media platforms and then copy and pasting it into the others.
And what if I want to share some delicious Starbucks pics on Instagram?
The Undeniable Truth About Social Media
Social media and photo sharing really aren’t going anywhere – at least the last time I checked. What that ultimately means is that at some point, we’ll need to choose our battles and spend our time wisely.
In the end, it’s really important for us to focus on why we’re social. And why we share.
Is it personal? Is it to draw traffic to our blog or website? Or is it ultimately to expand our brand and following so that we can marketing our businesses to folks?
Either way, there’s some truth to social media strategy – something that I plan to explain and talk about soon here on my blog.
Until then, let’s discuss our verdicts on Google Plus…