Yes, I have a Google+ Account, and while it is something I expect to be productive in the future, I can’t help but share the sentiments expressed in UK illustrator Jamie Smart’s “review” of Google Plus as illustrated above.
There are 40+ social network/online bookmarking/sharing platforms that I’m aware of and the list is growing. Unless you don’t require sleep, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to productively use them all.
There are of course bookmarking services that post your content to a number of websites simultaneously, but without regular attention to the “social” side of social networking this only has limited benefits.
In the past I’ve experimented with many of the social network with mixed success. Stumbleupon in particular for me has resulted in either feast or famine when it comes to referred traffic, with some posts receiving up to 20,000 visits and others receiving literally a handful.
Quality and the popularity of content on other platforms also seems to have no correlation, with quality, informative posts that regularly deliver good traffic via Google doing poorly while “list posts” or other short n’ sweet content which doesn’t rank too highly in SERPs doing very well.
Despite the initial negative vibe that may have been inferred at the beginning of my post, I do plan to use Google+ in the future, but it has long since reached the point where other networks simply have to go.
With the recent re-design of my WordPress theme now complete, and after little experimentation and consideration on what works best, I’ll be spending my time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon, Digg and of course Google+ (the links are for following me if you feel so inclined…).
Will you be spending your time on Google+? Leave a comment below and let me know.