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Google+

You hate Facebook. You probably just don’t realize it yet. But it’s pretty clear that nobody has ever actually enjoyed Facebook. The arrival of Google+ tells me so.

Google+ is just like Facebook, except less blue. I don’t mean blue in a depressing way. I mean the actual color blue. Google+ is a nice, sterile black, white, and grey.

Does social media get more exciting? Actually, yes. It does.

Google+ is only accessible via invitation. Since the Beta test started, people have been doing the internet equivalent of camping out at the movie theater to get access. When somebody posted on Facebook (GASP) that they had invites to send out, I went ahead and volunteered. After all, I was curious to see what it was, and hey, maybe I can at least squeeze a GBOAT post out of the deal.

So here is the first day on Google+

All I knew about Google+ is that it involved seeing people’s faces when you chat with them and putting your friends in circles. Therefore, it was identical to real life.

I'm very literal when it comes to putting friends in circles

Since I knew nothing about it, getting into Google+ was exciting. The natural first thing to do was set up my profile. So I put up a profile picture….went ahead and addded some employment info….and….educational….info? Wait, I feel like I’ve done all this before.

It wanted to auto-correct my employer as "Belhaven Brewery." Close enough.

The first thing I noticed after setting up my profile was that there was nothing here. I shared something on the “Stream” to liven up the place:

Starting strong.

No response.

I then attempted to add friends. It brought up email addresses that I had contact with. So….Google+ is my address book?

Oh, a search bar. It clearly says “Find People”, so I typed a name. In fact, I typed the name of Sarah, who sent me the invite. It gave me a list of people not named Sarah. I tried it again on that page. Nobody came up. The person who invited me didn’t exist.

At this point, I got hungry and went to lunch.

A lonely social media site, or a sandwich? SO HARD TO CHOOSE

The first of two major appeals to Google+ is having friends in circles. This way, you could share something with one particular group of friends, one friend alone, or everyone in the world. Just whatever you feel like.

The other appealing feature is that of the “Hangout.” Hanging Out on Google+ is a pretty revolutionary chatting idea. It basically combines the social media abilities of Facebook with the video chatting of Skype.

This idea is unheard of.

The Hangout puts whoever is talking loudest in the middle of the screen so everybody can pay attention to them. Once again, Google+ is just like real life.

But as everyone starts talking, the middle screen starts jumping around from person to person. For somebody with ADHD, this was awful. Just awful.

"There's like 100 people talking at once! I DON'T EVEN WANT FRIENDS ANYMORE"

When I returned from lunch, I suddenly had friends! And they, too, were questioning Google+! It felt as if we were aliens, placed in an unfamiliar place and forced to figure things out. Stanton Martin let us know he was “Wondering if people can see what circles I’ve put them in…”

This new world seems amazing.

I don’t have a camera, but Tyler Blount wants to video chat. I’m questioning how effective this is for a man with no camera. “Well it will be kinda one sided, but You can watch and type responses to my chats,” Tyler explains. “Basically I’ve grown to lazy to type and just want to speak out loud.”

Thrilling. Suddenly it feels like Google+ is just Gmail set up like Facebook.

My first hangout experience was with Scott Anderson. It went like this:

We MIGHT have been underprepared

Now my Stream is letting me know that Stanton Martin changed his profile picture! It’s good to see that this notification takes up most of the screen. So much better than Facebook!

At least it's not Farmville

Sarah started asking questions as well. ‘What does the +1 button mean?!” she asks. We went from a thumbs up to a numerical system.

Adding people to circles is really easy. You just hover over the button and it automatically opens up the menu to choose which circle to add them to. Of course, if this really WAS the future, I would just think it and it would be so. Get cracking on it, Google+.

Okay, let’s mess with the profile again. Hmm….bragging rights? Interesting. It says to put things such as “survived high school, have 3 kids, etc.”. I feel like most of the people I know survived high school. What impressive feat can I put here? Hmm….

Whoops. Well, at least it’s only visible….to anyone on the web. Oh well. I am proud of it, so I guess I’ll let it stay.

What else can I change here….wait, occupation? Did I just put down my employment earlier? What’s the difference? I don’t want my profile to get redundant. Guess I’ll just move down.

Oh cool, a map! Now people can know….where I have lived. Guess that’s cool. Facebook stalkers could see my profile. Google+ stalkers will see my location.

Well, let’s see if anything’s happening on the home page now and see what my friends are up to.

Nothing. Nothing is new.

I JUST WANT TO BE POPULAR

Oh look, Leslee commented on what Sarah asked! She has apparently given up all hope. Google+ has taken Leslee’s will to live. This is a sad day.

I don’t know what I keep expecting from the homepage. I guess because of all the excitement, I expect to be handed cash or something.

I got bored. Google+ had lost the novelty in roughly an hour and a half.

Google+ is being hyped up as the next big thing in social media. All I know is that I desperately needed another webpage to habitually refresh, and Google+ answered my prayers.

What’s your opinion? Have you tried Google+ yet? Do you love it? Leave a comment!

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About The Joseph Craven

I'm tall, but not so tall that people point and stare.

11 responses to “Google+”

  1. M. Scott says :

    Google+ feels like Facebook did way back when I joined it. Facebook now feels like that corner of my room that I know I need to go through and throw away a bunch of things but I’d rather check my email for an hour. I expect once the Invites are no longer a barrier Google+ will eventually will feel that way too. However I’m scared to think what Facebook will feel like then.

    • The Joseph Craven says :

      Exactly. My experience with Google+ has gotten much better since more people got on. And I do greatly enjoy sharing things with specific circles. Video chatting has never been important to me, so I can’t fully get behind all that.

      Best I can tell, Google+ has two paths: 1. People go “I don’t want to start all this over again” and just stay with Facebook.
      2. Everyone joins, then all the problems we’ve had with Facebook (spam from games, frequent privacy changes, etc.) happen on Google+ too and we repeat the process.

      In all likelihood, though, G+ is just going to appeal to a very niche audience. So forget everything I just said.

  2. Cameron Clarke says :

    This is an important consideration: http://i.imgur.com/CYMP3.png

  3. gabriellaheidi says :

    oh my gosh… you are hilarious! I have Google plus and like 7 friends.

    (For the hangouts with 10 people… can’t you just do this IN PERSON!?!?)

    • The Joseph Craven says :

      I don’t even like 10 of my friends enough to hang out with them in person, much less take the time out to warm up the webcam and talk to a screen for a while.

      P.S. You can keep the placenta. I’ll stick with drinking orange juice for my vitamin C.

      P.P.S. Thanks for reading ‘n stuff

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