When Google+ launched last month we could all see the Facebook bashing coming from a mile away.
Afterall, Google+ pretty much has the potential to do everything Facebook can do, and it’s newer and sleeker, whereas Facebook has been a bit complacent and slow in addressing what its users want.
What I didn’t expect was the sudden twitter bashing. In case you’ve forgotten, and some people have, up until a few weeks ago Twitter was the relatively cool and progressive social network.
Some say Google+ poses more of a challenge to Twitter
than it does Facebook.
While all of those folks are much more seasoned in the world of social media than myself, I just don’t see it.
Yes, Twitter is simple and a bit archaic-looking when you match it up with the shiny object that is Google+, but Google+ hasn’t shown me much potential toward being able to do what Twitter does.
I’ve had several friends join Google+ and immediately ask me how do they search for the local news, such as using the hashtags on Twitter. The answer: You don’t.
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Tags: Facebook, Google+, journalism, Twitter
It took a couple of weeks but I identified my first real problem with Google+ and it’s only going to get worse if something isn’t done about it.
As it stands right now, everyone I allow into my circles go into my main stream. This makes for a lot of scrolling through a very cluttered stream full of discussion, news links, large photos and reams of comments about all of the above. Of course, Google+ allows me to view streams for each designated circle but the main stream is the default stream and gives me a taste of what everyone in my circles is posting about at that moment.
and it’s the only one I can view from my phone.**
Google+ has taken some of the best features from both Twitter and Facebook and made them their own, but the cluttered stream shows they can’t quite have it both ways.
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Tags: Facebook, Google+, Twitter
I regard social networks much like I do my car: I get a lot of mileage out of them but don’t ask me what’s under the hood.
HTML? Might as well ask me to rebuild a carburetor.
I can, however, tell you how my car handles and what makes it better or worse than other cars from a user standpoint.
This brings me to my layman’s review of Google+, which you may know by now is Google’s answer to the social network. As of this moment, the network is still invite-only but there are plenty of invites to be had. I, for one, have been handing them out like candy.
The question I keep getting is, “Is it worth my time?”
My answer: Depends.
Are you in the market for a sleeker, newer model with improved, albeit subtle, features? Or are you comfortable with your current vehicle that takes you back and forth to the grocery store and already has your favorite radio presets? (Yes, I’m continuing with the car analogy.)
A lot of the people snatching up the early invitations to Google+ are either searching for the next big thing or champing at the bit to get away from Facebook and it’s sketchy privacy settings, relentless Farmville invitations and its relative inability to let you talk to your friends about last night’s exploits without exposing your church group to all the gritty details.
Google+ addresses all of these issues: The photos are brighter and fun to edit; the video chat, “Hangout,” is already more expansive than the chat Facebook unveiled just last week; and there isn’t a Mafia war in sight (but who knows how long that will last.)
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Tags: Facebook, Google+
Someone asked me the other day how you can post directly to your Facebook page using the Facebook for Android app.
The best answer: Don’t bother. Download Hootsuite or Seesmic instead. (Tweetdeck doesn’t allow pages.)
But, if you really want to know how here is the quickest way I’ve found. (Let me know if you know of another):
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Tags: Droid, Facebook, Facebook pages
When is news still “breaking”? When is ALL CAPS appropriate? Do your readers want to know you pierced your nipples?
I’ve compiled my own rules of twitter etiquette over the last couple of years based on my own experiences as a tweeting journalist and through reading more than 100 other local, statewide and national reporters posting their own tweets.
Below are some of the most common issues I’ve seen. Full disclosure: I’ve been guilty of a couple of these myself. Here’s your chance to learn from my mistakes.
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