The comic above illustrates how I felt when I first heard about Google’s new social network, Google+. After being disappointed with Google Buzz and Google’s much-hyped Wave, I was highly skeptical.
Also, did I REALLY need yet another social network? Shouldn’t I be spending time creating content instead? Being a longtime fan of online social networking (before the term existed, even!), I couldn’t resist at least taking a quick peek.
A quick peek, however, has turned into something much more. See my first post on Google+ here:
I’m not the only one who seems to like Google+. In only two weeks, the service has managed to attract 10 million users and the network’s growth only seems to be accelerating. In the past few days, I’ve seen a surge of writers, editors, agents and others in the publishing industry join up.
As I ease off other social networks to spend more time on G+, I’ve gradually been compiling an ad hoc Google+ directory of Kidlit/YA people, with links to those interested in middle grade, YA, picture book writing and illustrating, poets, book bloggers and librarians.
I’m pretty excited about the idea of having ONE main social network rather than try to spread myself over a dozen, to be better able to filter incoming info as well as how I share info. And I LOVE Google+ Hangouts.
No, Google+ is not perfect and could use some improvements. But keep in mind that it’s only been in field testing trials for a couple of weeks and it’s already been making changes based on user feedback. Things are only going to get better.
What about the rest of you? Have you had a chance to try Google+ yet? What do you think so far?
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