I'm already half-addicted to Google Plus, Google's competitor to Facebook and Twitter. If you're wondering if there's a reason to be on Google Plus, I can only say try it out and see if you like it. Just ask someone you know already on Google Plus (like me) to send you an invite. If you're at all interested, I recommend getting on it now. Because right now, most of the conversation is about how we are going to use this new system, so there will never be an easier time to find your way around.
Google Plus has a few features Facebook and Twitter don't. The biggest draw is the ability to send status updates to just one group of people--say, YA Writers. Then you can have a string conversation like you can on Facebook. If you want to join a face-to-face meeting with any of your Google Plus friends, or hang out in the writers' hangout, you can do that, too.
So how to get started on Google Plus?
- Read Eugene Teplitsky's Ultimate Quickstart Guide to Google Plus.
- Check out this list by RK Charron of writers on Google Plus.
- Search for my profile and add me to one of your circles of friends.
- Go to Debbie Ohi's Kidlit/YA Directory and introduce yourself.
- Click "Sparks" on the left-hand column and sign up for news feeds about your favorite topics.
- Scan Where to Hang Out at Google Plus to find out when the next writers' hangout is scheduled.
As you can see, Google Plus is more social than Twitter and more businesslike than Facebook. There are no games and contests here, but unlike Twitter, you can see a whole conversation string or start a chat. The "circles" that let you divide the people you follow into friends, family, and writerly peeps lets you switch channels from social to business. And we're all learning together now, so it's really fun starting a community! Come on down!
I'd be happy to answer any questions I can about Google Plus.
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages