A concise Google plus review

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google plus review

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.


4 thoughtful comments on “A concise Google plus review”

  1. Rob Cubbon says:

    I know what you mean. Time spent on social media isn’t always productive. My experience with SU is the same as yours.

    However, when I think back to what I’ve learned from Twitter I think it’s helped me and been worth it overall. And, like you, I’m hoping that time spent with Google+ will be worth it. :)

  2. Andrew Keir says:

    Rob,

    Not sure I’ve learned anything via Twitter… Admittedly though, in the past I’ve used it mostly for out-bound purposes only. In the past I followed back everyone who followed me, but when you’re following 24,000+ people the tweets just blur by and you missed everything obviously.

    I’ve been steadily un-following people for the last few months and have dropped about 15,000 people lately.Slowly working my way down to a productive list.

    On the subject of Twitter, my results from it have been similar to Stumbleupon as well. I’ve seen re-tweets by people that brought in a few dozen visits, and from memory I think the most visitors I’ve had from 1 little virus burst (if you can call it that) was 15,000 or so? So huge variations for doing the same amount of work.

  3. Peanutbutter says:

    Although Google+ has yet to prove itself worthy to be the next Facebook, I think that there is definitely potential as Google+ is faster and relatively easier to use.

  4. Andrew Keir says:

    Peanutbutter,

    I think you’re right. Despite my poking fun at the whole thing in the above post, after using it for only a brief time I do prefer it to Facebook and Twitter.


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