So I’ve been on G+ for a while now and I’m starting, slowly, to get to grips with it.
I really feel that this could be LJ, Twitter and Facebook all in one, if people play along with it. I’ve found that it does take a bit of getting used to and the good bit is that people can decide to run it however they want. Whether this will end up suffering from Jack-of-all-trades will just have to wait and see.
I have two types of circles. Reading and Sharing. Whilst there is heavy crossover, Reading: Friends and Sharing: Friends are identical right now, having them separate allows me to tweek as people adjust to Google+. For example a friend who ends up using it to tell me what sandwich they ate can be pushed into Reading: Twitter without having to worry about my posts not going out to them.
I find this is helping the Stream become much more manageable, with me being able to keep up with everyone as I get the time to. I’ve also used it to group people by frequent topics, for example my (many) activist friends are in their own circle so I can catch up with all the relevant politics and media updates quickly and easily as well as avoid them when my head isn’t up for yet more mass-media fail.
I’m starting to settle nicely into Google+, and I think it has a lot of potential once people start getting used to it.
Originally posted at Contradiction In Terms. Please leave a comment there.