I have been using Google’s new social media site Google+ for a few weeks now. I am a hot and cold user of social media. I have accounts with Facebook, twitter, MySpace, tumblr, Foursquare, Miso and others but I post of most of the sparingly though I read several of them daily. For the most part I use social media to keep up with what is happening with friends and family and to keep my finger on the pulse of pop culture. I share things that are important to me or strike me as interesting.
I visit Facebook daily and it has been a very good tool to keep up with what is going on in the lives of people I don’t get to see a lot (high school alums, gaming acquaintances, long distance relatives), but there are some disturbing trends there that make finding a new social media home appealing to me. The worst of those trends is the trend where people constantly cut and paste text into their status and demand (sometimes with threats to your immortal soul!) that you re-post them. So when I heard about Google+ I was intrigued to find out what it would be and how it would be different.
For the most part it is different mainly because it, so far, appeals to a different sort of person, mostly entertainment and tech industry people and the people who follow them. But even in cases where I know people who are on both the atmosphere is different on Google+. There are a lot more conversations about different things and less spammy “re-post this status if you aren’t a godless communist.” Only time will tell if the bad habits of humans using Facebook will invade Google+ so far I have been lucky enough to not encounter them.
I follow people on Google+ that I never have on Facebook. Mostly technology industry types or leaders of the geek community. This is a community that I am not really a part of but always wished I was. It is all still really new and evolving but I can only hope that the atmosphere remains more..mature and less cliquish than other sites that are beginning to wear on me.