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Google plus one

If you are already a fan of Google, you’ve probably already started playing around with Google Plus 1. If you aren’t using Gmail, don’t have a Google profile or just don’t want to be bothered with another social networking tool, you can stop reading right now.

In one short week, this tool has exploded. People across industries are experimenting with this multifaceted platform. Google is trying to blend the sharing experiences of its users and it goes beyond just content-sharing.

Google + has features of Twitter, Facebook, social bookmarks, and video chatting all rolled into one.

Circles: You can create circles of friends, family, or other groups you regularly want to be connected to and share information
Sparks: Google gathers information on hot topics or topics of interest in this feature.  You can specify what sparks your interest!
Hangouts: Very cool feature allows real-time group video chatting with up to 10 people! (Now up to 25 people)
Mobile: Smart phones mean more and more of us are using our phones for everything.  We are not locked to our PCs.  Mobile allows you to share group messages from your phone using Huddle.

Overviews of Google +

The official low-down by Google. Introducing the Google + Project

Google+: First Tips and Tricks from Social Media Today

Why Google + Is NOT a Good Personal Branding Tool from Personal Branding Blog (by Jacob Share)

Using Google + Features:

HOW TO: Search Google Plus Profiles for People and Companies by AvidCareerist

Video for Business by Chris Brogan

Using Google Plus to Source Ideas by Chris Brogan

Google Hangouts Gives the “Alive Web” a big boost from GigaOm


I think the feature I am most excited about testing is “Hangouts”.  What have you started exploring?

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  • Josh July 11, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the rundown! Google has really been trying hard to get something together in the social sphere. Buzz looks like it fell flat on its face…at least Google + has something to do with their core competency…Search Results!

  • Inspiring July 12, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Great explanation, thanks for sharing. Will be interesting to see if this takes off. Am surprised that it took google so long to come up with this!!

    • Hannah Morgan July 14, 2011, 5:24 am

      Thanks for the comment. Indeed, it will be interesting to see what happens with Google+. It does seem to be gaining some momentum and the reactions I’ve seen in my circles seem positive.