This past weekend, I took my first tentative steps into Google+, the new social networking tool that is growing like kudzu among all my friends and professional peers.
Google+ looks like a winner to me. It is easy to understand, looks great, and provides an easy way to segregate one's various social circles without offending anyone with its cool "circles" tool.
The only conundrum I ran into was whether to go for a personal persona or a professional one.
Google+ doesn't have a way to differentiate businesses and organizations from people, at least not yet. Nor is it clear how most people will end up using it. On Facebook, one can have a personal profile plus a Fan Page for one's organizational identity. On LinkedIn, it's clear that my professional persona is expected to show up, and Twitter, for me, is clearly most advantageous for professional purposes.
Consequently, I spent the most time over the weekend writing and then revising my profile at Google+. At first I went professional, but finally decided on a blend of personal and professional. My final "about" page is more casual than my first attempt, without sacrificing my professional persona. Well, that's what I intended anyway. I included professional information, softened with family details, and photos that included personal as well as professional.
I'll be interested in learning how others handle this aspect of Google+.
I'm still finding my way, so thought I'd give you the links to some blog posts and articles that I'm finding helpful to my own introduction to Google+.
Feel free to chime in with your own experience with Google+ and links to more useful information.
Oh, yeah....Here is my profile at Google+. Put me into one of your circles.
- My colleagues at About.com have some very helpful posts on Google+, such as Allison Doyle's Google+ for Job Seekers; while Wendy Boswell has written a handy guide for beginners in Google+ 101: A Quick Introduction to Google's Social Network.
- Marc A. Pitman, the Fundraising Coach, recently guest posted here with 5 Reasons Why I'm Checking Out Google+; and then posted on his own site, Getting started on Google+ for nonprofits.
- Shel Israel tells why he is enthusiastic about the new Google network in How I'm Using Google+; and Mashable has a comprehensive guide at Google+: The Complete Guide.