G+ for Photographers' Conversations
Google Plus has captured the attention of thousands of serious photographers, myself included. I think I've figured out why. There are lots of "photo sharing" sites like 500px, Flickr, etc. But while those sites show me terrific images, they don't give me a way to engage the people behind who created them. On g+ I've met (through Hangouts, posts and comments) hundreds of photographers. By following my Photography circle, I see great new images all day long. But best of all, I'm engaged in real conversations. If I add a comment, I'm part of a ongoing discussion in a way that just seems to work better than Flickr, for example, because the conversations is built into my social stream. And Hangouts are even more personal. I've met dozens of great photographers from around the world. I can look at their images while I'm chatting with them. We can share tips and techniques. Best of all, once the Hangout ends, I've got a face and a voice that I can remember as I continue the conversation. It works particularly well for photography because of the mix of images, text and audio/video. I wonder if there are other communities that have sprung up that are as robust and valuable here on g+.