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Google + the good things

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Though I got an invite very early, I do not use this service a lot . Facebook is still the most popular way I stay in touch with most of my friends. However, over the past few weeks my attraction towards Google + is on the rise. Here are some good things I found here .I hope the Facebook team brings this soon to their platform.

Like 1: There is no limit to the post size in Google+ ., one can edit the posts later on .
The posts have a permanent link that could be shared with others.
Result : Unlike Facebook wall posts which are nuggets of creative wits, this one is more thoughtful and for discussing serious stuff.  The posts and the comments resemble the GUI of stack overflow and stack exchange.

Like2 : Google’s policy of using ‘real names’ for your profiles.
Now there are views for and against this including some elaborate explanations by + Robert Scoble and  + Andy Carvin (See here https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/Fddn6rV8mBX  )
Result : One thing about real names is that it makes it more personal and you get a feel of seeing a real discussion between people. It also encourages one to be careful about what he posts and his comments .

Like 3: Circles !
The most talked about difference is also one of things I found quite useful. Circles are easy to create and well integrated with all your privacy settings .
Result: Everyone knows the benefit of using circles as a way to limit data sharing. But it is also useful to streamline information related to your interests.  I have a photography circle to follow updates from some interesting photographers, then a ‘media circle’ with some of the streams of popular journalists etc.

Like 4: Good privacy and control over content
There is a way to control what is seen on your profile page . Some things like locking posts from sharing, blocking unwanted comments give you good control on what you post and how it is used.

That’s it for now .

Lets save the Unlike parts for a later post .For now hope this would get some of my friends interested with Google +.I am still a newbie in the Google+ world. Would share more info as I use this more often.

Update: Here is one more article on similar lines. I am not patronizing Google+ .But I find it pretty interesting at least for now .


Written by sujai

August 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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