Thursday, 21 July 2011

Crackbook... Blogging... Google+.... the evolution...

So I have been on Google+ for a couple of weeks now and I'm still navigating the waters on how to work this latest networking platform...
I have to say, I'm really liking it, as much as I'm addicted to crackbook, I've slowly been getting disenchanted and bored with it... I don't remember the last time I uploaded photos.. as much as I used to be a firm believer of "if it's not on crackbook it didn't happen", it almost feels like a platform for people to show off and gloat about their super fabulous holidays and look at all these great places I've been and all the fun I've been having.. and to be completely honest.. that was probably a large part of my motivation to put up photos in the past...

but how is your life really?? What are you doing for work?? How's things with your family?? Your other?? Your kids?? I think it evokes a really false sense of connection... You feel like you're connected because you see their occasional status update but how much is that a real representation of their life?? When I catch up with people face to face or even on skype, it's a chance to ask about all the little things.. and it opens up discussion about the things that are happening in life and sometimes don't we all just need a sounding board for the thoughts going through our heads?? Surely not everyone's lives are peachy all the time!?!
I can't deny that it is a great way to keep in touch with all my friends scattered around the world.. the great people I've met while travelling and some great friends I've met through various games I play.. but I have steadily felt like I was outgrowing it.. especially since starting a blog.. Fb has felt somehow cramped and stagnant... You see these great pictures of people's holidays, but there is no dialogue to expand on those images... when I read about people's holidays/travels on a blog, I feel so much more of a connection, not just to the place they've gone.. but to the people themselves...

While crackbook is limited to people you know or people you've met... I feel like blogging has opened up a new world of friends... I've only been blogging a short time but I feel like I've met some greats friends in blogLand already and I feel like it's helped me want to be creative again... I feel like G+ has that potential as well.. to connect me to people I find interesting or inspiring...

I think G+ is going to add to that feeling as you can "circle" people that you come across who are interesting to you, so kinda like following a blog because you like its content or its author.. but they don't necessarily have to follow you back.. I guess it's a bit like Twitter in that sense.. I'm not on Twitter and it's never had any appeal to me.. but I think I would describe G+ as almost like an amalgamation of FB, Twitter & Blogging...

For people thinking that G+ is just going to be another Fb... I sincerely hope it's not...

There's a lot of articles out there about G+ and its potential... ie. having circles of people in your local area who may have great advice about places to go and things to do etc.

I am genuinely excited to a part of this platform in its "infancy" and as much as I'm still a complete "g00b" (g+ newbie).. I think its potential is fantastic and will make up for all of Google's previous attempts at a social networking platform... (Wave, Buzz..)

Look me up! I have shared a lot of G+ articles if you want more info about the platform, and you don't actually have to sign up to G+ to view my profile and the things I've shared.. you just won't be able to comment or "interact" with me... if you're not already on and want in.. I have invites left but I will need your email address to invite you!

xx CazI don't think I will be giving up crackbook anytime soon and although one day G+ may supercede it and take its place... for now G+, for me anyway, is an exciting new place not cluttered up with the mundane and monotonous which Fb has become...

5 comments:

  1. *raises hand*
    May i have an invite? My husband won't send me one, lol.
    Just in case the answer is yes...my email address is earlleighdesigns@gmail.com...no pressure.;)

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  2. I am so over facebook. So over it!

    Thought this reflection as really interesting. Please share more as you get accustomed to it!

    seven-percentsolution.blogspot.com

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  3. Earl-Leigh - invite sent! Let me know if you get it or if you have any problems with it...

    Aki - Will do! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thank you so much! I can't wait to get started! :D

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  5. Sweet ... Knew it was going to be good!
    Like group chats ... Duh ... And eff fb with their stupid blue ... What is it ... A communist. Even though that would be red.. Not blue.

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