Inviting friends to Google+ was just made easier, as you can now share a personalized link with them, rather than sending an invite via email. Have you recently joined the new social network thanks to this update? Welcome!
I have no real qualms with Google+ at all. It’s extremely easy to use both online and via its smartphone apps, and has an advantage over other networks with its seamless integration with all of Google’s other services that most of us already use. It is this advantage, in fact, that will be the key to its overpowering of Facebook, if such a defeat happens.
Why wouldn’t Google+ win? Because no one really wanted to deal with another social network. Sure, Facebook has gotten increasingly annoying, ad-heavy and cumbersome, but we’re all established there already. Who has the time to stop Facebook chatting with their friends long enough to customize their new “circles” of friends on Google+? And yet millions are already joining, because we’re all too attached to (and intrigued by) Google not to be curious about every move that it makes.
I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about Google+, and think these are worth checking out for those who are just getting into it. Here’s a good one on the potential benefits of Google+ for marketers and brands,
and here are two posts that focus more on user reactions and experience: one by Ryan Sholin, and one from my friends’ Two Laptops blog.
I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did, and feel free to share your favorites, as well!