Now that I have spent a whole 2 days on Google+ I am still learning about it. But what is interesting to me is the sense of hive.
Google gets the hive mentality. Call it social, collaboration, whatever, but Google gets it, and can do it, because Facebook is really one uni dimensional. Sure everything inside Facebook may feed it, but that is never how (I feel when I use it. I feel like it was cobbled together.
Google+, or G+ as some call it, still does not have somethings needed, like RSS feeds or ways to suck in blog posts, but it does an excellent job of finding all your "stuff" and making it easily accessible. And downloadable. yes you can download your posted items, to a point. But it is possible. Something Facebook is fighting now.
The thing you may hear so much about is the Circles. Dante is probably ecstaticly happy. Circles allow you to quickly follow just your family, friends, work, or whoever you add to a Circle...without the clutter of everyone/everything else. yes there is the river flowing of streams but the ability to break it up into tributaries that you control is probably the number one reason people are loving G+. I know for me this is a great reason to use it. I rarely use Facebook, even though I only have friends there, but really I don't care about your politics people.
What is also interesting is you can search for someone and add them, nothing about how do I know this person or what's their email(sorry Linkedin), just, yes I want to follow them. Very Twitter like. and it works well because how else would I or you get to interact with various Entrepreneurs or thought leaders otherwise?
Will G+ kill Twitter? Perhaps in time. But for now, Facebook serves a few purposes, mostly around calendar, meetings and events for me. But little else. Ok, the Birthday thing is nice too.
So will Facebook fight back? Will Twitter or Linkedin? Will they embrace and extend rather than fight and exclude? Let's check in after 90 days and see shall we?
The Royal Scam or just a CopyCat App?
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 6:46a Keith Brooks Apologies to Steely Dan. By now everyone has heard of Ello. The question still remains why? Someone posted about it shortly after I read Robert Scoble's post about it.Being a messaging and communication person, figured I should check it out. I described it as a mix between Pinterest and Twitter. Many said it was like Facebook. It does not really matter because it doesn't do anything special, yet, that I can tell. Maybe Jerry Seinfeld is behind it. You know, it's an app, about nothing...ge [read] Keywords: facebook
I am speaking at Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 7:23a Keith Brooks After a few years of trying to get to the event, I have finally made plans to not only attend, but speak at the IBM Social Business and Connections User Group meeting, referred to as Social Connections VII (#soccnx) which is in Stockholm, Sweden November 13-14th. Event and registration details here. The event has had about 200-300 customers attend previous meetings.Vendors and sponsors are of course welcome and want to help you with your business. The topic of my session is “Didn't you see [read] Keywords: connections
Friday Frustrations - Online Bill Paying UX Failure
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 4:06a Keith Brooks Received our first gas bill today from the Supergas company here in Israel. I can setup an automatic bank draft or pay by credit card. I can't do the bank draft yet so I figured I would pay by credit card. Go to their site, find the pay my bill page, get to the screen where I put in my information and there is one small problem...the area code. Mine, 058 is not listed. Link to their page here Naturally like any good hack I figured just pick an area code and let it go, like entering email@example.com [read] Keywords: email
Accountability and the ESN
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks In this Golden Age of social networks that pretend to be burying email servers like Rod Stewart goes through wives, we have a black hole that is not discussed. Email is not perfect, but better than most countries normal postal services. IM is great for awareness of who is online, but just because I show up online does not mean I really am at the machine, phone or browser. Twitter is awesome....when you are connected to the internet. SMS is far from perfect, as anyone who travels can tell you wh [read] Keywords: email
What is your Candy Corn?
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks For those not familiar with the reference, Candy Corn is a sweet confectionery candy which is quite sugary and shaped like a triangle with 3 colors in it. Wikipedia explains it this way. The picture below is from Wikipedia as well. I could eat a mound of it and not think twice about it. To me Candy Corn is one of the best candies. It is a happy candy, for me, and I enjoy eating them, in many ways which I will not bore you with here. Sadly for me the only Kosher ones I know of are from the Jelly [read] Keywords: wiki
What Are You Doing, HAL?
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks My friend Chris Toohey posted this on Twitter: Ever have one of those mornings where you just want to blow off billable work & code something fun?? #stayOnTarget! — Chris Toohey (@christoohey) September 3, 2014 I replied, I just want my servers to talk to me. What would you have your server say, if it could talk? "My Router hurts, are you spamming people again?" "Drive C has eaten all the chips and needs a bigger belt (no free space)" "That agent you ran just now, were you seriousl [read] Keywords: agent
Think About This for a Moment
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 7:13a Keith Brooks According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.This table, can give you more details of breakdowns, data up to 2009. Because of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, which has raised over $94 Million since July 29th alone, there are now [read] Keywords: foundations
Conference Season is Picking Up
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 12:33p Keith Brooks I have been a bit out of the loop the last 4-6 weeks but for those who have been in the know, there are many conferences, especially IBM ones, over the next few months. Some are asking for abstracts. Hint, hint. MWLUG in Grand Rapids NEXT WEEK, August 27-29 ICON UK September 12th in London Social Connections VII in Stockholm November 13-14 (abstracts due by end of August) DanNotes November 20-21 in Korsør (abstracts due by end of August) 2015 Lotusphere/IBM Connect/ IBM ConnectED in Orla [read] Keywords: collaboration
Apps That Make Life Easier in Other Countries
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks On my travels lately we have been using extensively a few apps which some of you may need or want when you travel as well. I am not so excited by any of the lame efforts of gamification, so ignoring this GAM (Game Spam) the apps are: Everyone knows about WAZE and if you don't, go get it now and never get lost or late anywhere you drive. Like WAZE, MOOVIT does for you bus users and train users what WAZE does for drivers. A bit confusing of a UI but once you get used to it you will not stop. It [read] Keywords: google