Google+ and the Changing Face of Social Media
The social networking bonanza started with MySpace. It completely changed the way we interacted with the web. It allowed us to share a little piece of ourselves with the rest of the world! We could connect with friends and family from anywhere and share our interests, likes and dislikes. We could share photos, music and opinions with everyone. It quickly became an obsession for many of us logging in every day to check our updates and messages.
Then came Facebook. It was very similar to MySpace and at first I didn’t see a need to change over to yet another social networking chain. I was perfectly happy with MySpace, but gradually it became socially unacceptable not to be on Facebook. And when that happened for me, it happened for most people and Facebook took over. The sharing and connecting was easier and this quickly put Facebook in the lead as the king of social media with over 800 million users worldwide.
I was a little resistant with the migration from MySpace to Facebook and now I’ve been a little slow to jump on board with Google+. I’ve decided to give it a try and I’ve found I like it! Here are a few of the reasons why:
I really like the large thumbnails displayed on the news feed and when you click on a photo it’s displayed beautifully against a black background. It also offers the option to view all of the photos EXIF data which is perfect for photographers who want to know the camera, lens and settings!
I love the circles! It’s very similar to Facebook Groups and extremely easy to use. I’m a photographer, this makes me a very visual person and creating circles is visually pleasing and easy. I love the fact that you can share certain posts with specific circles.
The social media frenzy has actually made the world smaller. I have friends that are scattered all over the world and with the Hangouts we can all get together and video chat. Distance is no longer an issue. The first time I saw it in action I quickly fell in love with it.
There are no limits!
I love twitter, but sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough! Sometimes I want to write a little more. With Google+ you can write as much as you’d like. It’s nice to have the option to post an entire article if you need it!
So after a short time using Google+, I’m really enjoying the experience. I’m interested to see how Google+ will change social media yet again. I’d love to hear what you think of Google+. Let us know what features you’re enjoying in the comments section below.