Google+ - Google's Collaborative Engagement Engine
“What is Google+?” These words have often floated down my stream, and have been the subject of many popular blog posts. To be honest, most of us didn't know what to make of this network when we joined. Is it social media? Is it a blog? What is Google+?
I decided to step back, post helpful and engaging content, and learn how other users categorize this platform.
Recently, +Gideon Rosenblatt
helped paint a clearer picture with his "Shared Interest Graph"
theory. I've seen Gideon post about this interpretation before, but being a visual person it didn't click
until I saw the slideshow he created: http://goo.gl/7CgKw
."A service for sharing our interests with those who share our interests."
We may share a number of interests, but collaboration
is what brings us together. I believe that it is collaboration that drives this network, and is the factor that sets Google+ apart from similar platforms. Google has streamlined the process of finding like-minded individuals, and I’ve had the privilege to interact with some great people on this network.
People like +Miguel Rodriguez
, +Giselle Minoli
, +Gideon Rosenblatt
, +Thomas Morffew
, +Rod Dunne
, +Sophie Wrobel
, +Susanne Ramharter
, +Fraser Cain
, and +Mark Traphagen
. Using Google+ as our base of operations, we organized a team of fellow Google+ users from scratch, and created a document full of ideas on how Google can improve this platform: http://goo.gl/uJxEK
Every part of this process was enjoyable for me. I had set a personal goal to get at least 10 people to contribute to the blog post. I sent out messages about my idea - not everyone said yes. But that was ok! Some may have been preoccupied, others may have been uninterested. This forced me to interact with people I had no prior contact with, and I ended up finding some truly awesome
engagers that I may not have met!Engagement
is the heart of collaboration. If you do not engage, you cannot collaborate. So go out there. Meet
some new people. +1
, and create
Use this service to find what drives you