Whoa. Here's a blast from the past! This was my very first opinion of Google+ written back on July 1, 2011 (just a few days after the platform opened to 'closed beta'). So – how many of my 'predictions' came true? How many features of Google+ were either removed or combined into something else (Sparks anyone?)
You can also see how drastically the layout has changed from back then. It seems just like yesterday – but at the same time a million years ago!
Also: I WAS RIGHT (Ha! to some of my old-timer friends). Google+ is an amazing platform if you actually participate!
I have to chuckle because I work with companies and professionals all the time that want to skyrocket immediately with followers. Well, here's proof hard work and expertise get you someplace… there are screenshots of my 50 followers (and the 35 I circled back)!
Of particular note from the article:
Brands and Businesses
On my third day in Google Plus I started seeing companies show up to the party (and for example.) I can’t begrudge them for wanting to come in and experiment at all. What I will be on the lookout is to see if businesses regurgitate content from Facebook and fret over how many circles they are in (which would be the closest relation to a Fan Page count). Please, I’m begging you, do something different. Innovate. Create. Find the box and kick the snot out of it – but whatever you do, don’t go IN the box please.
Google Plus – First Look – Purple Stripe Productions
I received an invite within hours of it hitting closed beta to the highly-leaked new social networking platform from Google called Google+. After playing with the platform for about three days now, I’d like to share some of my initial thoughts, reactions, and predictions.