8 Responses to “Thoughts on Google+ and links to great reviews”

  1. Astrid Haug juli 6, 2011 at 12:20 #

    Thanks Anna! Any thoughts on how media could/should use Google+? At Mashable’s Google+ account a user comments: “Create a circle of topics (Social media, startups, technology, mobile marketng etc) and have a global hangout day every month on topics related each circle.”
    Might work if more (Danish) people start using it.

  2. Karen Mardahl juli 6, 2011 at 12:38 #

    I + your remark about better integration with Google Reader. :) Also, I agree that Sparks is a disappointment. I thought it would be a combo Delicious/Pinterest/Pinboard thing. I can do a better search for a topic on Google.com!! For example, I tried usability and user experience. The results were more than pathetic.

    The entire Circles concept is very exciting. I feel it will get my exploding social networking under manageable control again.

  3. Anna Ebbesen juli 6, 2011 at 13:25 #

    Thanks, Astrid! Using hangouts a new way of doing conference calls or webinars sounds great. And yes, it could make sense for a media outlet to have a monthly hangout on a subject. Not for all their readers, but for a selected group, that would have some great insights on the matter. That could then result in an article, another hang out and so on and so on.

    Circles are slightly more tricky.
    The thing to remember when you’re a media outlet or another professional for that matter, is that circles are based on knowing the people you interact with. I can’t subscribe to Mashables Social Good-circle, if they had one, like I can via RSS on their site. I can put Mashable in a circle, like following them on twitter. But I can’t request specific info via circles (unless Mashable of course created a Google+account for the Social Good-section) – that’s what Sparks are all about.
    There you can find interesting stuff about a subject your interested in (if it worked well), without knowing the person, media outlet, organization or company behind it. It’s suggested content or RSS-feeds that you’ve yet to discover yourself. And that’s where the content creators, that aren’t humans should focus their attention. If it starts to work well, then Google is serving you news and relevant content like any other media outlet.

    Are you planning on giving Berlingske test-run on Google+? I’m sure there are innovative ways of using it for all different kinds of projects.

    As you can se, Karen, I totally agree ;-) I hope they get it fixed, which I’m sure they will. They seem to have put so much effort into other parts of the Google+-project, that the Spark-section seems oddly static and crude.

  4. Linse Daugaard juli 7, 2011 at 09:15 #

    Media/business are not allowed on Google+ yet, but will be before the end of 2011 http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/07/07/google-for-businesses-coming-later-this-year-shutting-down-non-user-profiles/?awesm=tnw.to_19sIo&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=tnw.to-other&utm_source=google.com&utm_content=twitter-publisher-other

    Non-user-profiles will be shut down, Google says. Ekstra Bladet, The Next Web and Mashable and maybe other Media have created profiles anyway :-)

  5. Astrid Haug juli 7, 2011 at 09:30 #

    @Linse, thanks for the tip! I’ll sign Berlingske up for a brand account then…

    • Anna Ebbesen juli 7, 2011 at 13:05 #

      Thanks for sharing, Linse!
      I’m actually slightly relieved that it’s just “us” people, that’s on G+ now. Hopefully business and organizations have learnt from their experiences with Facebook and do better on G+. It would be wonderful if G+ could mark the area of social enterprises, who’ll have a truly human approach to social media and the platforms they use. Where they go about it 1) according to their core strategy, 2) with a clear notion of what they want, and 3) with a genuine interest in networking, listening and participating.
      ….Oh well! :-)

      Here’s Google’s video on “Google+, Businesses and Beyond”:

      Link to the application form for the “Google+ Entity Profile Application“:

  6. Kim Amator Bach juli 19, 2011 at 11:21 #

    Since everybody insist on comparing Google+ to facebook, I took a common – for me at least – facebook usecase and asked myself if I could do that using Google+ – the answer is – thanks to the article from “advice digital” – that I can’t – yet – and I – frankly doubt – that it will ever be possible.

    This is what I came up with http://www.kimbach.org/2011/07/14/take-the-pepsi-challenge-google-plus/

    Google+ is for sharing and promoting content on the web, facebook is for sharing and promoting content on facebook and, secondarily, the web.

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