As humans it’s in our nature to try something new. We must always be searching for the next best thing. It’s how we make advances, and it’s how we get in trouble. We like to experiment and explore, then look at the results it gives us.
Now with Google+ joining the flow, we find ourselves testing and experimenting with this social platform. Google+ was released a couple months ago and has given us some time to play and learn what it’s all about.
As I use both Google+ and Twitter I wonder how people are able to keep track of these two social networks, plus Facebook. Bloggers like Ev Bogue and Dan Zubrzycki are untethering from Twitter as they only want to deal with one primary social platform.
Over the last few months I’ve found that many people are becoming annoyed with how Twitter is changing and the direction in which it’s going.
I find myself confused with google+ asking how I should utilize it to help connect with readers and fellow true equals.
How much will it help my blog grow?
Should I be posting the same content on Twitter and Google+ or separate them in some way?
Follow everyone or only follow a select group of people?
I decided to ask some friends and fellow bloggers who are much more successful than I am how they feel about Google+ vs Twitter. A total of eight bloggers responded, four of which you will find below.
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I’ve had some great time on Twitter, and it’s wild, spontaneous movement. But I think it’s no longer appropriate to call it a “stream”–it’s more like a casino cum rock club, and I feel that same the addictive-multiwindow hyperfocus.
I’m slowly migrating to Google+ because it is more human. We have always had to carve out boundaries (or “circles”) in order to enjoy collective inspiration and creative leadership. The neo-primal language of “tribes” and “clans” is based on the idea that our energies are limited. We can filter in and filter out—we don’t need to be a part of everything, nor do we need to share everything. We can tailor the circles mindfully–and I am already more fond of my circles and than my Twitter ratio.
For me, using Twitter has been like planting seeds, whereas G+ expands my abilities to fertilize and nourish them. There’s no doubt that the space is ripe for conversation beyond 1:1, while the turquoise birdie relies on cc’s (a method just as clunky as group emails.) I use the planting metaphor, however, because it’s important to note that I first built my community on Twitter before it began transferring seamlessly over to G+.
I think that for most of us, the results are skewed due to our established Twitter followings. What would be interesting is to see someone with little to nosocial media footprint begin with G+, and how successfully he/she can make the raw platform bear fruit
I think Google+ will progressively surpass Twitter. It still feels kind of quiet which is good but the rate of new subscriptions is incredibly high. The quality of Google’s applications (Picasa, Documents, etc…) makes me think they have a solid background experience and tools to provide a great service with Google+. Like every new service we, the users, will probably make it take a particular direction. I am curious of where and how far it will go. Will we be able to let go of Twitter? I think so.
What I like about Google+ is that it becomes a map of your world, it allows you to include your friends, family, business associates, and weekend party-buddies at all different levels of engagement. But for sharing thoughts as they come, Twitter still wins. When I tweet, I don’t have to think about who this should go to, or whether I will be over-loading people’s feeds. Twitter reduces the space between thought and communication. Google+ still slows me down.
What are your thoughts on Google+ and Twitter? Would love to hear your comments. Direct comments to G+