If you visit Google’s homepage today you will notice something a little different, no not a new Doodle but a huge arrow pointing to a +You tab to the top left. This then takes you to a page where Google asks you to join their Google+ (or Google Plus) service, which used to be by invite only. We touched on this subject yesterday, but the visual invite was not available at the time.
Before you even think about joining the new social networking service, you will need to have a Google account. One thing that puzzles me, I am already joined to Google+ – so why are they still asking for me to join? You would have thought that once signed in to my Google account they would know that I already have the Plus service (view my profile here and join my circles)?
Yesterday we mentioned how some users have now begun to abandon the new service, and has now started to feel a little like a baron wasteland. We should give Google+ the benefit of the doubt, as things will pick up once the service has been established for a while. We say this because Facebook users do not want to leave for the Plus service in fear that it will go the same was as Google Buzz. Having said that, the search engine Goliath has said that they are in it for the long-term and are committed to investing heavily in it.
You may think that it is funny, but I have never joined Facebook. The reason for this is because it was not a nice idea that my business side of things would mix with my personal life. However, Google+ was different, which is why I signed up. My account has a number of different Circles, so nice that I can choose who sees my posts. There have been a few mistakes along the way, such as putting photos in the wrong circle, but you have to love how you can edit your entries.
Please let us know if you have already signed up to Google+ and what your experiences are. If not, then do you plan to join this latest social networking service?