RESHARE:GooglePoly 4 months later: still don’t see what all the fuzz is about?
Now that I have more experience here on Google+ and am no longer a lurker, I revisit my GooglePoly and the people I tagged in it (word of warning: I’m still no blogger). I shared my original post. It’s ok I know, I’ve seen some of the big names do it too. Sharing still
doesn’t link to the post itself (Google srsly), so I included the url at the bottom.
I’ll do a second follow up post later to avoid making this one a bit long to read :p
In that one I’ll go more in detail on my experiences with G+. I’ll visit everyone who gave me feedback on my original post. Thanks to that feedback I already knew in August that this was a global place, and that a lot of activity existed in Limited exchanges. It allowed me not to be fooled by those claiming this place was dead. But on to the matter at hand: what has become of those listed on the board?
First up, +Jesse Stay
. Not because he’s worth the least according to the board value, but because he literally wrote the book on G+ for dummies. He has consistently proven to be a great starting place for your experience on G+. He’s a great read for non-dummies too of course, especially if you’re into tech. I’ve appreciated his stance against SOPA as of late and I’ll keep following him for as long as he stays active here. Which I hope will be as long as possible.
Aah +Steve Rubel
. Did I make poor judgement there? Were I to make an updated version of the board now, he would no longer be on it, true. But I made my call back in the days after only 3 weeks of activity when G+ was still a closed field-test. I like to follow people who have different views from mine too. It can only enrich my own. I appreciate thoughtful criticism on G+, even the occasional naysayer. I can understand how people struggle to find the time to remain active on several platforms, spreading things too thin. I can also respect people who decide to invest their efforts elsewhere. I’ll just say I’m curious to see when Steve will be back. Moving him to my They don’t get it circle...+Toby Stein
is the first of the Google Community Managers on the board. He is no doubt doing a great job creating this place for us, but his personal profile page would not be the most appropriate place for newcomers. +Google+ Your Business
is where you can find his contributions now that we have ‘business’ pages. I do find it a missed opportunity whenever someone from ‘the inside’ does not share a more personal take on things. Even if it is only occasionally. Social media should not magically turn us all into bloggers, and I find myself struggling with this when seeing so many people following me. But a community manager of social media should be a bit more social right? Moving you to my Googlers not plussing.+Paul mojica
is the first on the board of the ‘creative’ types. I have a weak spot for those, but they tend not to be for everyone. He is a great curator of visual work that will jump out of your stream and is hard to ignore. In August it sure did crush with ease all the noise I got when trying to find my way here. Now it gets buried in the flood more often, but still catches me off guard from time to time. G+ helped me appreciate such curators more thanks to circles and streams. Paul’s comments add tons of sugar to the place :)
G+ has already build a very strong community of photographers. +Elena Kalis
is one of them. Her work speaks for itself, her number of followers has skyrocketed in the past months. I haven’t found the time to keep an interaction on her posts, but I’m happy to keep following her ‘from a distance’.+Natsumi Hayashi
’s photos are nothing short of magic. An original style with flawless execution. It is a fine example of a way to promote your work here without having to be ‘too social’ in the process.
While I do believe it’s possible he’s the coolest +Andy Signore
alive, I can’t shake the feeling that he’s an example of how YouTube is still a better environment for people like him. Business pages are also not good enough yet. There still is Facebook, Twitter and his own site. So I guess that explains his lack of activity here. Moving him to my Hmmm circle while waiting for the day G+ is stronger.+byron rempel
draws zombies. Lots of them. A great artist who also truly interacts with his followers here. Make sure to check him out and fall victim to the carnage.+Alexis Ohanian
is a creator of things that help the world suck less. I am impressed by the efforts he makes to post here and engage. Let me put it this way: when I grow up, I want to become Alexis Ohanian. +Katherine Gramann
is the person to follow for everything Hangouts-related. Or is she? I’m not sure. This is another example of the choice to make when it comes down to products: do you follow a dedicated page now that they’re here or the person behind the product? Do I really want to be ‘social’ with her? Not really. Nothing personal. There are sooo many great people to interact with here, so little time. I do want to hear about hangouts, even with the occasional personal touch. I’m gonna see how this evolves.+Sean Bonner
is the type I won’t even try to categorize. If there is one plusketeer I’m glad I found on here, it’s him.
Picture this (comic style if you want): someone who lives somewhere on the other side of the world, is actually a total stranger to you but feels so interesting, thrust-worthy and true, you can’t help but to want to buy him a coffee should he ever adventure in your direction. +Ryan Estrada
, drop me a line if you ever make it to Belgium. It doesn’t have to be coffee. And congrats on the number of followers you’ve amassed. Not sure how you pulled that off exactly, but you deserve it. I see it as further proof of the strength of G+.+Aaron Wood
has displayed great creativity. Add to that great interaction and a great personality and you know why I’d circle that. I’ve struggled with conflicting ‘shameless self-promotion’ feelings when I wanted to move the discussion forward around integrated hashtags here on G+. I can’t help but to feel sympathy pain when I see Aaron’s struggle. He deserves more followers in my humble opinion. Come to think of it, I just found a New Year’s resolution: buy my first work from the man.
There are celebs now on G+ and it is open to the public. Back in August I circled +Jeri Ryan
. She was already active here in a way I hoped other celebs might become too. She deservingly passed 500K followers now. Other celebs: take notes. +Felicia Day
doesn’t need to take notes. Princess of the geeks, Queen of the internet. Everybody: take notes.
If Felicia is the Princess of the geeks and has social networking down to an art, what to say then about +Wil Wheaton
? He can single handedly restore my faith in humanity. That’s what! Don’t be a dick and circle him.
There is such a strong community of photographers here on G+, and they have the community manager to match. +Brian Rose
is doing a great job. There were those saying G+ was dead, that nobody was here. That made me smile whenever I was looking at Brian’s page. There were already so many great sites for photography, yet here we are.+Jason Calacanis
is probably an acquired taste. Whether you agree with his view and tactics or not, he’s food for thought. G+ is a great place to challenge your views, to find meaningful discussions. Jason knows his business, so it was a safe bet for me to put him on this list.
Like I said in my original post, +Jeremiah Owyang
was a first clear indicator of the potential of G+ for me. It was a great starting point for my journey here, and remains every bit as worthwile. Over 40K plussers find that same value in his posts, but he should have that tenfold. Though he posts a little less food snapshots these days, he still excels at fast conversation. Thank you Jeremiah for showing me the way.
I think Enchantment is a pretty cool guy.
Eh writes numbered posts and doesn’t afraid of anything.
Ok, so +Guy Kawasaki
might not be into memes the way I am, but man, no one else comes close to the way he grasped the potential of this place for ‘social marketing’. My second New Year’s resolution: finally buy Enchantment.
I should make an entirely separate post just for +Robert Scoble
. He’s like Owyang + Stay on steroids, as hard as Calacanis, a one-man-team that can match that of Kawasaki, every bit as geek as Wheaton, not afraid to go toe-to-toe with +Mike Elgan
or anybody else for that matter. I’m happy he doesn’t have the creativity or entrepreneurship of some of the others on this board or there would be just no stopping him. Sometimes it feels as if G+ was invented just for him. Follow and learn from a master.+Tom Anderson
was my only friend on Myspace, but I didn’t know him at all. I got to know him better here on G+. As much as I mocked Myspace in the past, as much have I grown to appreciate Tom’s contributions here. So much insight, expressed so well, in such a human way. When I grow up, I want to be Tom Anderson. If I wasn’t turning into such a Google fanboy now, I’d say: build something with +Alexis Ohanian
already! +Louis Gray
was on my board before he joined Google. Since he did, his posts are obviously a bit more Google oriented, but you can still read the person behind the position. Google made a great choice in hiring him and you would too in following him.+Natalie Villalobos
really pulled me into G+. She provided the proof I was looking for in the early days of engagement. A staff member getting involved in discussions, listening to feedback, engaging users like she did. That is what a community manager should be all about. Since those early days it got way more crowded here of course and that approach has its limitations in scalability. Google: I’m waiting for the international Natalie’s in other countries/languages to see this place become the truly global platform it should be.+Bradley Horowitz
did as much to convince me as Natalie in those early days (I didn’t know +Vic Gundotra
back then, so that explains why he’s not on the board.). I can personally testify that someone as high up on the corporate ladder as Bradley can still be reached by a user thanks to this platform. He is what +Mark Zuckerberg
is not. In itself reason enough why Facebook cannot win me over. On with the features war yes, but all while keeping the respect and earning the trust.
I admit it: I added +Sergey Brin
not based on his contributions here in those early days, but based on my respect for his work. I had but one spot left on the board I made essentially for newcomers. Adding +Larry Page
as the obvious highest value choice as CEO seemed redundant. Sergey’s posts on the other hand seemed more evidence of the human and social potential of this place. Larry has proven me wrong there, he deserves a place on this list.
In other posts I expressed the fact I don’t intend to create other versions of this board. Since then we are now also able to share Circles. There are Google Docs circulating with lists, there are dedicated fan sites, integrated search and even hashtags allow you to find pretty much everything. Newcomers are better guided after signing up. But still, my original post keeps getting some shares, +1’s & comments. If anything I believe it’s proof of the immediate impact an image can have. My GooglePoly still can beat a shared circle, so I’d suggest to Google to keep finding innovative ways (like Ripples) to allow anyone to easily share things in a very visual manner.
In my second follow up post I’ll dig into the feedback I received and my own experiences of the past months. Looking back on 2011 and looking forward to 2012 if you will to provide more examples of the greatness of this place. Until then: Merry Xmas! https://plus.google.com/u/0/109907447383307087458/posts/YHK8MpXcToC
For those of you who finally made it here to Google+ but don't see what all the fuzz is about, I made you a thing. I'm no blogger, so feel free to skip my blabla and jump right to the end of my post
Oh so you actually want to read this? Well then, if for some reason you are not convinced of the potential here, you're doing it wrong!
Just kidding, never let anyone tell you how you should use Google+. So then why did I bother making you this thing?
Well you see, I've had the strangest couple of weeks here. My online social life was limited to lurking, because no platform had convinced me to engage with its' members. And for various reasons I have been active online using pseudonyms instead of my real name. I came here to check it out and used my real name thinking it would just end up in lurking anyway.
But I saw a beta that is incredibly well advanced IMO with very few bugs. I loved the features and was eager to test them. That's when I hit a wall. I had no online social life, so I had not a single friend here. Lurking didn't bring me much. It would have been easy to think this place was pretty dead compared to other social networks. But I don't work for Forbes, so I figured I should just find a way to understand what was going on here.
I looked up +Jeremiah Owyang
and sure enough, there was activity. He did his thing like I expected, but it seemed different somehow. His engagement here didn't seem to be simple testing. Genuine engagement in a beta product of just a few weeks old? I decided to look for others, to see if I could be tempted in engaging with them. For the first time under my real name. But where to look? How to know who to find?
Checking out the people following those you find interesting is a good start (if that info is shared). Reading the posts and especially the comments, checking who +1'ed or shared content you find interesting, clicking through to their profiles.
Ok, so you find a bunch of interesting people to follow. You organize them into circles and your streams start filling up. You hand out some +1's. You notice that the interaction is different here. Refreshing, energetic, promising... Maybe it's just early adopter's enthusiasm? Nope. I have seen high level interaction at a burning pace between members here. There's involvement by the Google staff and progress in the roll out of enhancements, fine tuning and new features.
This is not just another beta, some latest attempt. These are not just a bunch of curious lurking early adopters. I am confident in stating that this platform is a game changer, and that there is a real community building around it.
I'd say I'm all the proof one could ask for, as I am seriously considering leaving my lurking days behind me. But why take my word for it? Well don't. Just check it out for yourself.
So the end of my post
and that thing I made: it's an image featuring many of the fascinating people you can get to know here. They are a very good starting point and will rocket launch you into this community. I'm already following over a hundred people in a mere 3 weeks, so I had to make a tough selection. Those that I had to leave out can be found easily by checking 'in my circles' or even better yet, by reading the posts and comments of the people I'm listing.
Welcome to this community. You're in for a hell of a ride. Who knows, maybe you could even convince me to leave my lurking days behind me.
In the image in order of appearance:+Jesse Stay +Steve Rubel +Toby Stein +Paul mojica +Elena Kalis +Natsumi Hayashi +Andy Signore +byron rempel +Alexis Ohanian +Katherine Gramann +Sean Bonner +Ryan Estrada +Aaron Wood +Jeri Ryan +Felicia Day +Wil Wheaton +Brian Rose +Jason Calacanis +Jeremiah Owyang +Guy Kawasaki +Robert Scoble +Tom Anderson +Louis Gray +Natalie Villalobos +Bradley Horowitz +Sergey Brin