Following on from my previous post on the Facebook Timeline, Fiasco has been taking a look at Google Plus. Having recently signed up we thought we’d share some things we’re excited about using more in the future.
Still in the Beta stage of testing, with Google Plus (or Google+ as it is known) the future is round. For me the dominating feature of interest is the ability to use what it calls “circles” to organise your contacts. I use the word contacts here as opposed to friends for good reason, as circles allow you to tailor what you share in such a way that can manage personal and professional boundaries effectively. As explained here, this creates exciting opportunities for freelancers and business use without causing clutter for those not interested. The updates you receive in your stream are also easily managed by intuitive sliders for each circle you have, hopefully minimizing data overload.
Your circles work anonymously. So when you create a circle called “acquaintances” people won’t know that they are no longer your BFF. Google+ also resembles the Twitter format of following rather than an invitation and friendship acceptance. This way I can follow Barack Obama as he disseminates his political wisdom from my “politicians” circle and he doesn’t necessarily have to follow me (although he most likely would). All the while, I can still maintain my friendship and family circles more personally.
Another feature that I imagine would be attractive to many Facebook users is the breezy feel of the whole site. While maintaining powerful, complex functionality Google+ does a fantastic job of staying uncluttered and clean. Although initially struck by how similar the layout was to Facebook I am a sucker for simplicity online, and in this sense Google+ is winning.
At first look, I am excited about what Google+ has to offer but I look forward to seeing how things develop. Are you using GooglePlus as a freelancer our as part of a company? Let us know your thoughts on it.