We are all on Google+ now. It’s great because of who is here.
We were all on Quora at Christmas, because of who was there.
We continue to stay engaged on Twitter because of who is there.
We are bored with FaceBook because of who is there.
We use LinkedIn because of who we can find.
We use SocialCast in the Social Business Council because of who is there.
We use Jive with the Community Backchannel because of who is there.
We use Yammer in our jobs because of who is there.
It’s not about the tools, it’s about the relationship. The great thing about any social network is the socializing that takes place there. Yes, the tools are nice and a bad tool set can certainly squelch the conversation. But it's not about the tools it's about the relationships.
I've had the opportunity to speak with many people over the past few months who are not at all engaged in the social web. The line goes something like this…."I don't have time for all that social media." What they are really saying is "I don't value those relationships and what I learn there. I get all I need from other sources."
That’s fine. When people start to understand what they can get, the relationships they can build, and what an amazingly large diverse set of ideas is out there, they decide to connect.
Many stick with email and cocktail hour networking. That’s fine, I do that sometime too, but I find it is not at all efficient as a stand alone activity. It’s good when I want to go deep with someone, but at a typical event, I can only do that with 1 or 2 people. At best, I'll touch base with 5 or 10. During that same evening, I can touch hundreds or even thousands through online tools.
Through my Blog, Twitter, Google+ and various private communities, I can keep a conversation going with hundreds and my network can jump into overdrive when needed.
If you don’t want to use the social media tools now and think it’s too geeky, that's fine. We used to say that about CompuServe and then AOL came along to break the ice among the masses. Then came FaceBook and everybody went online.
It is indeed gone widespread. Google+ may not replace FaceBook. Everyone may not get on Twitter, but in the long run, the mega trend is that, more and more, our lives are moving online. What was once called a “virtual” meeting is just a meeting.
Do any of you call your FaceBook friends “virtual” friends? Do you call these virtual conversations? No, it’s a wall post, it’s a message, it’s real interaction.
Social is happening, it is happening in different rates for different people, but there is no going back. As my friend Chris Rollyson says, It’s an “and” world, not an “or” world. We keep getting more ways to connect, as a result we are more connected, and finally we can innovate and move faster.
That is just what’s happening. Don’t deny it.
So go ahead, get social. You can start by connecting with me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ and while you are at it, subscribe to my blog.
See you online!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I received my invitation to join Google + last Wednesday evening from @ITSinsider. It was a bit of a surprise. I had just heard of the launch a day or two earlier.
Since then, it's been a daily party like I have not seen with any other SNS (social networking service) launch. We had heard something about Google's Social Circles back during SXSWi, but the launch turned out to be just a rumor of what was to come just four months later.
|iPhone in browser mode|
Here are my first impressions.
Central to the User Experience is the circle concept. We all socialize in various circles. Google+ has made that literally the metaphor. G+ daily offers me up to 500 invitations to add to my circles. If the person is not yet in G+, they will get an invitation. If they are already in, they join into my circles and I begin following and sharing with them. (Be patient, G+ is still throttling invitations.)
Since I have not use the PC version with a webcam, I'm missing out on Hangouts - multipoint video chats. That will come in time. I expect very good value for work groups and enterprise applications of this feature. I also expect integration with Apple products with the forward facing camera (ala multi user FaceTime). With the recent introduction of Apple's FaceTime and now Google's new Hangout feature, perhaps personal video conferencing will finally reach the tipping point to general adoption.
I'm also excited about the ease of adoption. Google+ has quickly added most of my social graph to their SNS and the conversations are quickly turning to real substance other than just discussing Google+ itself.
So what are my takeaways so far?
|iPad in Desktop Mode|
2. This will evolve quickly. Google is known for quick iterative innovations and promises constant upgrades and introduction of new features. They also appear to be leveraging many of their various products without any sign of internal power struggles that will derail progress.
3. Facebook and Twitter have a real competitor now. Most early comments have been that Facebook should be scared, but little has been said about Twitter also being in Google's sights. With the recent announcements of tight integration between Twitter and Apple's iOS, it looks like the Google+/Android camp is stacking up as a good alternative. It might even be a three way race if the rumored Facebook / Skype entry materializes. Anyway, like Facebook, Twitter has been acting monopolistically as of late (terms of service, acquisitions, apathy to partners) It is good to see a product come along that offers a viable alternative.
|iPad in Mobile Mode|
4. Enterprise 2.o is in the game plan for Google+. All the talk about Consumer and Facebook should not hide the fact that Google+ coupled with Google Apps will offer a powerful platform for enterprise collaboration, eating away at the SMB market first and later moving up the food chain to the Fortune 500 market. E2.0 stalwarts such as Jive Software, Socialcast, Yammer, IBM Connections, and, to a lesser extent, SharePoint will see Google+ providing a new alternative in the young and growing Enterprise 2.0 collaboration market space.
That's my first look. So much more can be said, but there will be plenty of time for that in the future. The Google+ introduction is a major tectonic shift in the social software landscape. Its aftershocks will be felt for some time to come. So find me on Google+ http://gplus.to/jimworth and let's continue the conversation. I look forward to adding you to my new Circle of Friends.