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Coffee Talk #374: Totally Loving Google+

Posted on July 14th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, Mobile Tech, Today's Specials. 13 comments

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I’ve been using Google+ for about two weeks and I’m totally enamored with the service. I love that it combines facets of Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry Messenger. I love the control offered by its Circles feature. I love the excellent Android app for Google+. Certainly there’s a whole “shiny and new” aspect to my fascination with Google+, but there’s no denying that Google launched a strong product and has several excellent features in the works.

The reason I’m most excited about Google+ is that it allows me to easily write personal blog posts again. After seven years of consistent blogging, I haven’t really touched my personal blog in three years. I love that I can easily share some intimate thoughts through Google+ Circles, whether it’s with five super-close friends or 50 people I really like. I’m definitely going to start using Circles for personal writing. Of course the big fear is a security issue exposing all my thoughts to the world…and also writing drunk blog posts.

I know that several of you are using Google+ too. Please let me know what you like and don’t like about the service. If you’re not using the service yet and would like to, just leave a comment here. Several RPadholics and I can send you an invite.

  • BigBlak

    Before I got in I was kind of meh on it and felt like I can wait, but immediately after joining I wanted to delete my FB account asap!

    What I love are the circles. Circles circles circles! I'm going to lunch but will post more in a bit.

  • SlickyFats

    I love everything about it so far. By far the best feature for me has been that all of my photos and movies instantly upload to my G+ account in a private folder and I can choose to share them later.

    I like the circles a lot. I have lots of people multiple circles.

    Thing I don't like so far is that I can never tell if I invited someone or if they are just in a circle. I know I probably just haven't messed with it enough to tell, but it does seem a bit confusing.

    • SlickyFats

      Also I guess I don't like that they haven't approved the iOS app yet. My Apple friends aren't using it because they can't use it on their phones.

      • raymond padilla

        They can use it, but it's limited to a bare bones web version.

  • Sandrock

    I would love an invite actually.

    • raymond padilla

      Sent an invite to your AOL account!

      • Sandrock

        Thanks Ray and Smartguy!!

  • Sandrock

    I love the I can post a reply to a comment without changing pages. Totally digging notifications right now.

  • Smartguy

    It's neat. It needs an iOS app though. Being on the iPhone in an optimized manner will help its longevity.

    • raymond padilla

      I agree, but there's nothing Google can do about it at the moment. The app has already been submitted. For whatever reason, approval is still pending.

  • thor82psn

    How does huddle compare to BBM? It looked like a good alternative since most of my friends and family will eventually be switching to android from blackberry. The circles seem alot better than facebook, I never liked that the same posts could be seen by both my family and drinking buddies.

    • raymond padilla

      I haven't had enough experience with Huddle yet. On paper, it seems better than BBM since it allows phone-to-PC chatting as well as video chat.

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