Google+ Will It Be Worth Your Time?

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The big buzz in the social media world right now is Google+. But what is it and why should nonprofits care? Google+ is a new social media venture created by Google to, “bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software” according to Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering at Google. It offers many of the same communication features social media users of Facebook and Twitter are familiar with such as messaging, pictures, and games, along with some valuable extras.

The big difference between Google+ and other established social media sites is Google+ organizes contacts into different “circles” or groups. This allows the user to communicate specifically with targeted groups. For example, a user can send out a targeted post to their planned giving circle, and a different post to their professional circle. Other features include Instant Upload, Hangouts, Sparks, and Huddle.

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Keep in mind that Google+ has not been rolled out to the general public, it is by invitation only.

What is your opinion of Google+? Are you one of the lucky few to receive the Google+ golden ticket? Please share your comments by posting to this blog.

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Posted by Monica Priest at 07/21/2011 12:08:04 PM | 


I didn't like how it wanted to suck all my images on my computer into its realm right away. I believe, if I remember right, I didn't have a choice and if I didn't pick to index my photos in Picasa, I was done. Maybe that feature is different now?
Posted by: JenniferC ( Email ) at 7/21/2011 12:10 PM


Privacy issues with Google+ have been brought up in several blogs as well as discussion boards, and Google is listening. By having a soft launch, Google is hoping to catch a lot of the problems, such as the one referenced in Jennifer's post, and correct them before opening up to the general public. Has anyone else experienced what Jennifer went through and have some helpful hints?
Posted by: Monica Priest ( Email ) at 7/25/2011 11:48 AM


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