I started using Google+ a couple of weeks ago thanks to an invite from +Robin Morley and my first reaction was “this looks like a brilliant cross between Facebook and Twitter”.
Two weeks on from that initially reaction and my feelings are still pretty much the same, however, initially where I felt it would replace Twitter and Facebook in my routine of checks, posts and promotion – the reality is that it has just become another thing to update and check.
While I do have some cross over of friends between the three main social networks, there are also some on Twitter who are not on Facebook, some on Facebook who are not on Twitter and more on Google+ who are not on either of the other two.
But it is more than just the place where my friends hangout, you treat the three networks in different ways. On Facebook it is more of a personal engagement, on Twitter, while one-to-one, it is also a mass broadcast and Google+, well it is still a bit of an unknown quantity.
But, despite not knowing exactly what niche it is going to carve out for itself, Google+ does seem to have that beautiful thing Twitter had in the early days, Geeks talking about Geeky Things.
I know that isn’t going to last, once Britney Spears, Lady GaGa and other start taking to the network the Geekness will get drowned out, except that Google makes it easier than any of the others to filter the dross (Justin Bieber).
The one thing I’m really enjoying about Google+ is the circles concept, I know a similar thing exists with Twitter in lists, but it is seamless and part of the system from the start of adding a friend in Google+.
I like the fact that I can have a ‘friends’, a ‘media’, a ‘work’ and even a ‘bbc people’ circle that lets me just engage with those groups of people if that is what I want to do.
However, it is still FAR too early for me to make a final decision over whether Google+ will replace the other networks or just be another +1.