Google+ has crashed the social media party. Naturally, there’s a good deal of speculation about what it will push off the cliff–with predictions about the end of everything from Facebook to blogging to email. But I’m wondering what’s going to give way in my own online world.
I’m not much of an early adopter but I got invited by Justin Stone-Diaz, an online pal and mentor. Proud to be among the second (or third or fourth) wave of G+ers, I immediately started without much information and no strategy. I’ve since found hundreds of posts and blogs with advice, though I’m still figuring it out.
Quick tips: Google usage cheat sheet and Getting Started with Google+ and Circles
In addition to my Google+ profile, I work with four very different communities on Facebook (WagnerWrites, The Working Chronicles, Metier Marketing Communications, and First Unitarian Church of San Jose) and two accounts on Twitter (WagnerWrites and TheWorkingChronicles). I show up on LinkedIn and tumblr but I’ve abandoned Quora and Amplify because I didn’t like the interfaces or the interactions. I should do more with my YouTube channel. I also have two email accounts.
I think Salon.com writer Tracy Mayor said it best: Thanks, Google+, for my digital meltdown
If you’re on the edge—or over the edge–of social media burnout, I recommend this blog post by Ephraim Gopin for perspective and advice. Beth Kanter has also posted good reminders about “hype cycles” and “Shiny Object Syndrome.” As she says, we seem to be in a social network arms race. But so many influential people are loving G+, so I have to be there, too.
As John Haydon said in a recent blog about Google+,
People use social media to connect with other people, not technology. When was the last time you felt truly understand and appreciated by your laptop?
For now, Google+ will be more of a professional listening post and I’ll only share on a limited basis. I’ll continue to interact with friends and family on Facebook, where everyone I know is really enjoying themselves and has no intention of leaving. LinkedIn is another essential platform and I haven’t seen anything in Google+ that signals an eclipse of the top professional social network. And of course I have no intention of short-changing this blog.