Ryan Estrada posted an interesting "comic" that explains why G+ is a better platform for him to share his work than his his own website. He also suggests that he should become the official G+ comic like he was at LiveJournal. (LJ had an official comic? Nice one +Brad Fitzpatrick
!) That got me to thinking -- did anyone watch the tutorial videos or read the tutorials when they got here? I didn't.
It's really hard for me to take the mental leap to do that sort of thing. And yet I was definitely confused when I first started G+ I literally had a mind-bender thinking about OK, a Circle means what? Who are these people "sharing" with me and what the heck is Incoming?!
Within about 4 or 5 hours I was surprised that I was ever confused. G+ felt totally natural. But comics may actually be a better "user guide" than text or video. Especially for this generation.
I know that whenever I try to watch a tutorial video, it's just too long. I'm not in sit back mode where I want to enjoy something. Most videos have lost me before their cutsie intro is over. I want to know
something and I want it fast. Reading regular prose takes too long as well. With comics in a panel format (and a skilled comic), you can get the point very quickly and click "next" while skimming to get to the panels that have the points you're confused about.
I'm not even a fan of comics, so I'm not biased geek OK? haha Check out +Ryan Estrada