Do we have enough social networking websites or are there not enough? It all started with MySpace, not everyone was on board with it at first but people started flocking to it when they found out how cool it was. Then Facebook came along and proved that it was better and it literally killed MySpace which people stopped using.
Google Plus is one of the newest social networking websites and it doesn’t seem like anyone really wants to give it a chance because they don’t really want to leave Facebook. I think they think that they can only do one social network and that’s it but that’s simply not true. You don’t have to limit yourself to one. Heck, I should know because I’m using Twitter and Facebook every day and now I have added Google Plus.
What I like about Google Plus is the circles feature. You can put certain people in your circles and when have friends and family who have such different interests as I do, you need to segregate them into those groups when you post the crap that I do.
Some of my friends and family love my sick sense of humor, while others think I’m disturbed and have even threatened to block me so they don’t see the things that I post. I also don’t want everyone to see my posts from my blog which is why I have created a Facebook fan page and only invited those whom I want to read my blog to like the fan page so the others don’t see it. With circles you can post whatever you want and you can choose which circles get to see it and which circles can’t. That is what I’ve been looking for.
There is another feature which I absolutely love. You can start a hangout, which is a cool new webcam tool, and invite people to join you. It’s not just a video conference tool for 1 on 1, it’s a group video conference so you can invite as many people as you want. I’m sure there is a limit, I don’t know what it is though.
When you are in a hangout, it adds a post on your wall saying that you are hanging out with 1 or 2 people or whatever the number is. There is a button that says “join this hangout” so other people can join without inviting them. I’m pretty sure that the only people in the circle you invited when you started the hangout can see that invitation though.
What’s great about the hangout is that when someone starts talking, the video focuses on them. When someone else starts talking, it automatically switches to that person. If you click someones video then you can’t get out of that auto switching for some reason and you have to leave the hangout and come back to allow the auto switching to continue. Also, sometimes someones video will freeze and the only way for that to fix is for that person to exit and come back. Other than those 2 issues it’s perfect.
I love the hangouts because I think that will be a great way to have a family reunion with family members you haven’t seen in a long time. Or you can have your book club join via hangout. Or maybe you just want to chat with a bunch of people. Whatever the reason is, it’s a very cool tool.
I think that Google Plus will eventually catch on. It doesn’t have games like Facebook does but given time I’m sure it will eventually. I don’t care about games as much as I care about connecting with people. At least that’s how I use social networking websites anyway.
I personally hope that it catches on because I really like the circles and hangout feature. I’ve been telling people about it but so far I only have a few friends. Hopefully they will come over and allow me to segregate them in my wall posts (LOL) and hang out with me in a group video chat.
Join me in Google+ If you can’t get in, ask me for an invitation via Twitter @xanapus.