You very well may have heard of the new Social Networking platform from Google lighting up the interwebs, called Google Plus (aka Google+). If you have not yet heard of Google Plus, you no doubt will soon.
Google Plus is an uncluttered answer to Facebook featuring innovations, such as Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and Huddles. Google Plus is now in beta release and you currently need an invite (along with a Google Profile) in order to join. I was lucky that an old uber-techno-early-adopter friend sent me an invite to Google Plus.
I've only been using Google+ for a few days now, but so far I like what I see. Using Google+ makes it easy to share information across the web and its Circles concept makes it easier to control how (and to whom) that information is shared. I believe that Google+ has the potential to rise above being just a "Social Network" (not that that's so bad) to become a business and professional tool, too.
Could Google Plus be Used as a Business Tool?
So, I'm exploring Google Plus for business and networking in addition to connecting with friends and family. In fact, that is one of my biggest gripes about Facebook. Yes, in Facebook you can sort your friends using lists, but that has very limited functionality and usefulness. Google+, on the other hand, is pretty slick when it comes to organizing your connections and controlling how you share with them.
In future posts, you will definitely find me exploring how to use Google+ Circles and Hangouts in your business and professional practice. The more that I use Google Plus, the more ideas I get on how you and I could use this service in our businesses. The key, in my mind, is to expand your thinking, beyond the obvious uses, to come up with real world and low cost business and communication solutions.
That's all for now. I just wanted to begin a discussion on how to use Google+. If you're already using Google+, feel free to connect with me using this link »»Eric Colburn on Google Plus.