Google+ guest blog - are you sharing?
- Sep 23, 2011
Google+ has gone live. Richard Branson is on Google+, as the 112609 (and counting) people who have him in their circles have already found. We've got a little Google+ integration on Virgin.com - look in the top right corner of this page - including on Richard Branson's blog. So what's it all about? Here's a guest blog introducing Google+ and explaining why you should get involved...
Google + is the latest of many social networking sites to rise out of the ashes of the public phenomenon that is the internet, to become a phoenix of information, networking and well, an area to brag about your latest holiday snaps.
Google + is transitioning from an information and invitation only beta service to a fully functioning live one. If you are in possession of a Gmail account, you are able to sign up for Google +.
You may be thinking - it's already been out for a while though? Why is it any different? Up until now, the limitation on new users of the service has been very low, when you compare it to say, Facebook. This is due to the fact it was an invitation only beta. Some people felt there wasn't a big enough audience yet and why should they invest their time and effort into something that is only going to be shared with a select few?
This has now changed, as there will be no more waiting for invitations, no more boundaries, the ever growing media stream that is Google+ is now open for just about anyone.
New features include virtual meetings, video conferencing from your smart phone and a handy new feature to create circles that will enable you to share any projects you may be working on with a select group of friends.
There is also a +1 function (you may have spotted it on this page), in which a logo is added to your blog, or website and viewers are able to vote on their appreciation for your work. There has been quite a negative spin put onto this last feature, mainly by web masters stating it will be a hard thing to integrate into their already stable frameworks.
So, if you want to hop on the next media bandwagon, I suggest you sign up for a Gmail account and get on the latest wave of digital social gatherings. If you don't now, you're only going to get left behind and who wants that?
Find Richard Branson on Google+ and get involved yourself.
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