- great question. So many cool features on G+:
- the energy is fresh and most people are excited
to be here;
- the response is faster
and more thoughtful;
- it's easier than ever to connect with big name leaders
and heads of tech.... you can even join a hangout with people like Michael Dell and have an intimate chat with him! Tom Anderson, founder and former CEO of MySpace, is super active here and posts a ton of amazing, though-provoking posts.
- much like Twitter and Facebook, we have to earn our followers by being follow-worthy.
There doesn't seem to be ways to 'game' the system on G+, which is great... though I'm sure some are, with the numbers on socialstatistics.com
(a few users have blown way past the 5k circle following limit, no idea how... or why! lol).
- we can write much longer posts
- it's like "instant blogging!"
- I love that we can tag anyone
in our conversations whether they're in our circles or not - I hope we can do the same when business profiles arrive, I'm sure we will. Unlike Facebook that makes is so challenging to keep a conversation going and alert fans in particular know you've responded.
- we can add bold
) for emphasis.
- posts and comments can easily be edited.
- so far, the amount of spam and junk is very light
and manageable. If someone is posting more than is your preference, just uncircle them. ;) Or, focus on curating content from select circles. (My circle strategy is in progress; I change it recently per this post: https://plus.google.com/112707199408484711520/posts/UUxQgBc4ND8
- most people here likely really love the circles and the ability to post specific messages to specific groups
of people. For me, so far, I'm making 99% of my posts public and using G+ more like a combo of Twitter, my Facebook fan page and my blog... even though I'm keeping all three active too.
- the ten-person video chats
(Hangouts) are awesome and a wonderful way to add dimension to real-time connecting/social networking. I'm seeing many cool, creative uses of the Hangouts from cooking demos and live tattooing to seven-hour concerts and news broadcasts with Hangouts hooked up to Livestream. Areas for improvement include:
Sparks, tagging, search, favorites/bookmarking, API (for apps)... and business profiles are needed like yesterday. LOL! :) (Though, for me, I'm not sure that I will establish another profile... unless there is a distinct difference such as Facebook's personal profile vs. business fan page).
...annnnnd coolio, I just typed up more notes to add to my own G+ blog post!! Will publish today, all going well. (Meaning if I can get off G+ long enough. haha!)