27 July 2011

Google +

Everybody seems to be talking about Google +.

Before I heard about it from various genealogists on Facebook and elsewhere, my husband sent me this link to an article with the title “Why Google Plus is about to change the Web as we know it” published by TechRepublic.

To be honest, I only skimmed the article and figured I did not have time or interest in one more kind of social media.

Then something happened – I started reading about it in posts on EOGN, GeneaMusings, Olive Tree Genealogy, etc.  That got a bit more of my attention, after all, this was now fellow genealogists talking about it.  And, I still dilly-dallied about exploring it further.

Then something miraculous happened, my husband, who does NOT belong to Facebook or any social media group started talking about what he likes about the Google +. That’s when I really appreciate how it is different from Facebook and could very helpful in keeping up on all the diverse topics and people who interest me and yet not having to do it in one long mish-mash of posts that swing, as on Facebook, from family posts to genealogy colleague posts to local news to coupons & savings opportunities and much more. 

I like the idea of the different circles and have now created ones for family, friends, genealogy, etc.  I still haven’t had much time to really delve into it and I am more appreciative of how it might be more than “just another social network” and definitely benefit family research by creating distinct circles for various family lines and also to separate out my personal and professional genealogy projects.

Do know that as of this writing not everyone is able to join as it continues in its beta stage and if you know anyone who is a member, ask them to invite you.

Check out this demo.

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