The Biggest Misconceptions About Google+

Since the second day of launch, I've been a very active user of Google Plus. It's brought me back to the joy of building something and something that I believe will be worthwhile.

Facebook was that way and Twitter definitely was that way.

A week ago, I asked a simple question: "What, in your opinion, is the biggest misconception about Google Plus?"

The response was nothing short of amazing with 30 comments. Here's a few of my favorites:

Let's get started with the first one. Social networks, in more ways than one, have similarities. You've got the wall/stream, posting capabilities, a system to connect with and hear from people you're interested in, and so on. The biggest difference between Google+ is the system of circles.

Circles will change how we engage for years to come.

The second misconception is quite funny, that is if you're using Google Plus properly. There's been numerous write ups about how there's little interaction. This couldn't be further from the truth.

It all comes down to connecting with people you're interested in and having conversations with them. Social media hasn't changed on us all of a sudden...it's always been that way. Connect with the right people, whoever they may be, and interact.

Simple as that. Of course it takes some time, but didn't Twitter and Facebook?

Now, in the beginning, Google+ was and still is touted as a geekfest. While that is true to an extent, the site is chock full of amazing people from all backgrounds, countries, and ways of life. In fact, I've met more amazing people in the past 6 months than I have in the previous 2 years combined. Don't let a few posts, tweets, or Facebook updates let you think that's it's all geeks and only geeks.

Lastly, "it's too complicated". That all depends on one's own perspective. I remember joining Twitter back in July of 2008 well before I started doing social media consulting/management full-time. Back then, I was so damn confused that I wondered if I'd fully "get it". Fortunately, Twitter turned out to be immensely valuable and the rest is history.

Google Plus is that Twitter. While it may seem complicated at first, it really isn't. There's a plethora of content and videos on getting started with the site and learning what you need to know. Dig in, plug in, and get plussing.

Final note: I wanted to share this comment that really defines mine and others' experience.


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