As a social media junkie (it’s normal to have 4 or 5 apps on your phone all to manage various forms of social media. Isn’t it? Alright, maybe not.) I was dying to be on Google +. If the prospect of yet another venue for people to broadcast our daily lives isn’t reason enough to buy in, the fact that they have only been letting in limited amounts of people by invitation only, is.
How do you make me want something? Make sure it isn’t readily available.
And so we have… 5 reasons I am contemplating, perhaps, loving Google+
1. It’s personal.
I can Google chat/ video chat with groups of people. I have a group of friends who are scattered all across the country and the way I understand it, once Google+ is up and running full force, instead of just a 2-way chat or a 3-way chat on Skype we can have up to a 10 way chat. This revolutionizes our group therapy sessions in a way unparalled to anything other than a bottle of wine.
2. It’s not so personal
Perhaps this is because it is in the early phases of development. Perhaps it’s because I have a grand total of two people in my circle. But either way, the high degree of privacy settings makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Just because I find a hilariously funny article about strippers or want to pass along the latest account of Michelle Bachmann’s inability to distinguish between Hollywood cowboy and convicted rapist, it doesn’t mean I have to share my amusement with everyone.
3. It makes me feel like an adult.
Perhaps this is because Google+ hasn’t been overtaken by pre-pubecent middle schoolers taking pictures of themselves in their bathroom mirror, but the design, the layout, it makes me feel like an adult. In the same way that I don’t feel like Twitter is patronizing me, nor trying to sell me on Farmville, I enjoy that Google+ seems to be without those pesky features. Let’s keep our fingers crossed it stays that way.
4. I can feel the Sparks.
While it’s in pretty early stages, I love the idea that there seems to be the to combine the best of both worlds- Google and Social Media. This feature gives news headlines and relevant information based on interest- Cars, Fashion, Politics, etc. I know you can’t imagine this for a constant information connoisseur, I LOVE this.
What can I say? It’s a novelty to have something new. Especially when something that has gotten so much buzz. While I can’t imagine a mass Facebook exodus, I do think this has some potential as a mainstay in Social Media. Especially once all the kinks are worked out.