I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Google+ I thought to myself “Oh great, another social network to sign up for and deal with.” In fact, I was *this* close to just ignoring the invite I received.
Even though I was severely let down with Google Wave (RIP), I decided to give Plus a shot since it was a Google product. I figured, it *is* Google after all – would they really put themselves in a positiion to follow up Wave with another lemon?
Besides, I have to admit that the new look they gave Gmail is incredibly sexy, so I choose to go ahead and take the Google+ plunge. And here are 5 reasons I’m glad I did…
Consolidation of My Accounts
Thought I may not give up Facebook (completely), I have to admit that receiving Google+ notificiations while I’m inside my Gmail account makes life just a bit easier. I simply hate having to check all of my social media accounts, as it’s staring to feel like a chore.
When I think about it, this reminds me of the Rejected by 7 Different Technologies scene from the movie He’s Just Not That Into You.
It’s Got This Tiny Little Edit Link
I don’t know if you ever misspell words or make typos in your Facebook statuses or iPhone texts, but I do it all the time. (and we’re not the only ones)
Nothing like saying… “I just lurv when eye mispelll words” in a comment and then following it with “LOL, I hate autocorrect.”
I know right?
Admit it, the ability to edit your status updates or comments on the fly (and not looking lame) in your own space is pretty appealing.
I Like Me Some Circles
Maybe I haven’t (gasp) spent enough time on Facebook, but to the best of my knowledge there isn’t a way to group those who you are friends with. The truth is, that’s really a bad label for that group as a whole, as I’m not truly friends with them.
You might ask yourself why I accepted their friendship requests, then, right?
I do enjoy people and reading what folks have to say – however, similar to Twitter Lists, I’ve really enjoyed the ability to create circles in Google+.
This gives me access to reading what all of the people I have in circles have to say, but also to get to the juicy stuff by only seeing the stream of my friends.
It’s kinda of like having a priority inbox…
The Sexy Design Cannot Be Ignored
As I previously mentioned with Gmail, the design of Google’s line of products is oh so nice. I just love the simplicity of the layouts and the readability of the content.
I also go through phases where I like particular fonts and styles and right now that happens to be minimalistic design. (note a recent Genesis child theme, called Minimum, that I developed and released on StudioPress.)
Somehow Google has the ability to paint black, white, gray and dabs of red and blue in a way that just “works” for me.
Something Tells Me That It’ll Be Around For a While
Unlike many wannabe social networks, Google+ has serious development chops behind it, and I think it’s one of the only chances at a Facebook takedown. In fact, within the past week, I’ve already had over 1100 people add me to a circle, which exceeds the amount of friends I’ve managed to be with on Facebook.
This is most definitely not me standing on a soapbox, rather pointing out how many people have already flooded to Google+.
The bottom line is that I think Google+ will be successful and be around for a while. And I’m not the only person who thinks so either.
So tell me what you think about Google+ by leaving a comment below…
AND OH, Google+ me!