Google plus – what’s it all about, Alfie?

What’s it all about, Alfie?

What’s it all about, Alfie, is a song track from a film of the same name. Find out more about it in the Wiki article at Wiki on Alfie. Or watch the YouTube video at:

So what is this Google + stuff all about? Maybe there is some Google executive named Alfie, who can explain it to the average person.

Google + definition

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Let’s try to get a definition from Webopedia at Google + Definition, It defines it as this:

Google’s latest attempt at social networking. Google+ is now an invitation-only service that delivers functionality and many features similar to those of Facebook.”

“Features in Google+ include ‘Posts’ for posting status updates, ‘Circles’ for sharing information with different groups of people (like Facebook Groups), ‘Sparks’ for offering videos and articles users might like, and ‘Hangouts’ and ‘Huddles‘ for video chatting with a friend or group of friends.”

“Google+ follows the company’s earlier social networking endeavors, including the short-lived Google Wave, which Google discontinued in early 2010. Google+ is expected to expand to a larger audience as the project matures.”

What do we have here? Look at this part of the definition: “Google+ is now an invitation-only service that delivers functionality and many features similar to those of Facebook.”

Functionality and features similar to those of Facebook?

There was an interesting article in the Social Media Examiner this week. It was called How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide . Please refer to the interfaces covered and you learn one thing – It’s very similar in look and feel to FaceBook.

Now Facebook is no angel, mind you. They try to keep their user data in their own private networks and not allow it to be accessed or indexed by Google – at least, that’s what I understand from reading different articles.

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A closed system for now?

There was another interesting article this week in Real SEO, the online video marketing guide. The article was Mr. Google Plus, Tear Down That Wall. The author argued that Google should open up its doors or risk extinction.

But they also hit the nail on the head – Google is beta testing. There is a good definition of beta testing from Search CIO Midmarket at Search CIO Midmarket Beta test definition. It says that “In software development, a beta test is the second phase of software testing in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out.“

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My take

Hey, Google – listen up! I love that you are creating a product that competes with FaceBook. If you open this product up and I get an invite (providing it’s out of beta testing), I’ll definitely join it. But I still plan to stay on FaceBook. The same goes for Twitter and LinkedIn – different social media platforms for different agendas.

I guess I should let folks see Google + in their own words at Google + Demo. I took the demo and other folks should too. But I stay neutral in any wars between Google and FaceBook. Look at me as the Switzerland of social networking.

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On the Skype front

In case you follow this blog, you know that Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft.  They also have a working project partnership with Comcast.  Now there is a Skype initiative with Facebook.

Social media book giveaway contest

I reviewed the book Launch: How To Quickly Propel your Business Beynd the Competition by Michael A. Stelzner. One of his key ideas is to give away good content.  This week I am reading How to Write and Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit by Robert W. Bly.

One of the insights Robert shared on pages 8 and 9 is this: “When you publish and give away a large amount of free content to your readers, they will – provided they like your stuff – feel obligated to buy your book or other information products.”

The rules for the book giveaway for Launch – Content Management: The Final Frontier – Social Media Book Contest are found in the blog post The Final Frontier – Social Media Book Contest

Response from libraries

I have sent out queries to both the College of DuPage and the Carol Stream public libraries, regarding receiving a book copy. So far, I heard from the Carol Stream public library and here’s what they said:

“We would be happy to receive a donation of your review copy, within the provisions of our book donation policy (stated below). Any donated book may be given to staff at the Library Circulation Desk. If you have further questions, please let us know.”

From the Library’s web page (Carol Stream Library on book gifts)

Gifts and Donations

Can I donate items or provide a gift to the Library?

“The Library will accept gifts without commitment as to final disposition. In determining whether or not a gift item is to be added to the Library’s collection, the same standards are applied with respect to a gift as are used in the selection of an item for purchase. If the material presented to the Library is useful but not needed, it may be offered to another library or sold by the Friends of the Library group.”

Listen up, folks!  If no one enters the contest using the Twitter guidelines posted, the prize goes to the Carol Stream public library.

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One Response

  1. Hey Randy,

    thank you for the mention of my SEOptimise post. Btw. it’s Reel SEO not Real SEO.

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