Google Profiles for Google+

Just a quick note about Google+, which I still have to get IN to, and typically enough want to be part of the more I am kept in the waiting room–per ZDNet, all Google Profiles will be forcibly made public by July 31, or deleted forever. This means at least your full name and gender have to be on display to all. How do you feel about that?

You can still avoid Google search indexing despite being public–at least for now.

Happy Friday!

ETA: I’m in! Now I can see what all the fuss is about and how this will help me in social media, because that’s where it’ll matter for me. In the process, I found this article: Google’s Circle of Strife.

And you’ll want to follow @How2GooglePlus on Twitter for the best tips and resources on how to deal with this new social media beast.

Google+ (Minus?)

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Google+ is all over the internet (especially Twitter). From what I understand, using this means you’ll never have to think again.

Admittedly, Google tends to have fun things, if not good things, and a fun-good thing that could also help my social media lifestyle is worth checking out.

Yet social media, while exciting, fast-paced and innovative, is also a major time-suck. If I’m going to adopt a new platform, I want to know what it IS first.

From my outsider’s viewpoint (‘ware sarcasm):

Circles puts your connections in groups so you don’t forget who shouldn’t see what or who these crazy people are that you’ve friended.  Yep, similar to Facebook.

Sparks looks for things it thinks you’ll like, because searching for stuff yourself is so passé, and who cares if you’re missing something Sparks doesn’t think you want?

Hangouts is an “unplanned meet-up” tool. As in, “OH HAI I’M WALKING INTO A STORE!” only it’s online, so everyone within eyeshot will come find you in real life. Face-to-face in this day & age! I don’t know why SmartPhones still come with the phone.

Instant Upload. Now photos upload themselves! Hurray! I bet that’ll never come back to bite you in the ***!

Huddle: Instant messenger turned into group chat so you don’t have to waste precious milliseconds relaying information.

Again, I’m looking in at this candy shop with my nose pressed against the window. For all I know, actually using some or all of these features could be awesome, and I’m curious enough to see what it is before dissing it completely. Only: “We’re still ironing out a few kinks in Google+, so it’s not quite ready for everyone to climb aboard. But, if you want, we’ll let you know the minute the doors are open for real. Cool? Cool.”

Guess I’ll have to wait to get integrated!

Want more information? Google+ is a Facebook beater PLUS a social phenomenon: Nine reasons why sounds intriguing, while How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide should help after you get your invite.

And the post that may convince even me: A social media sensation as the world goes gaga over Google! via @marketingm8.

Enjoy!

Job Seekers: Put Your Best (Social Media) Face Forward

Looking for a job? Don’t let social media screw up your chances.

Don’t you wish your job search was a paid position? Whether you’re printing personal business cards, going to networking events or pursuing your MBA, you’re investing your time, energy and money to stay marketable in an employer’s market.

Job search doesn’t end when the sun goes down, when you’re worn out or you’ve got a cold coming on. The last thing you want is for a decision to be made against you before you even knew you were being considered.

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