Google+ has awesome potential, but…

For whatever reason I received access to Google+ this morning. I joked on Twitter that sacrificing a goat and two chickens must have worked and as I haven’t received death threats from animal liberation groups I assume most people took it in the manner in which it was written.

But that’s an aside and my first views of Google+ are that it has the potential to be utterly overpowering. At the moment I can barely keep up with Twitter streams and Facebook so how the hell I am to be expected to participate in Google+ I have no idea.

But I guess that’s the whole point. Google cannot buy Twitter or Facebook so it hopes by introducing Plus it will lure people away. And it might just do that.

But it’s early days – well day actually – and I haven’t even started on working out how it all fits in together. At first sight it seems that whereas Facebook keeps all modules on one page, G+ has split them into streams, photographs and circles.

Circles is a drag n drop contact facility where you can create groups of individuals under your own titles, i.e. business, dog training, real ale fanatics etc.

I read somewhere on the trillions of Tweets that have been peppering cyberspace since Plus hit the streets running that all your Plus activities have to remain totally open; if you try and keep anything private then Google will just delete your account.

Obviously Google will be mining all of this data, the amount of which must be mind boggling already so how much data there will be in a year, a decade one can only wonder at.

So is this a backdoor way of achieving data mining through Plus that it failed with Buzz? Maybe. In the mean time I have to get back and start reading some of the tutorials that have popped up.

Edited to add: If you have photographs stored on Picassa, make sure you have them marked as private or else as soon as you join Google+ the world can see them!

SHARETweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisShare on RedditShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.