Talking about technology and more
I’ve been trying Google Plus for a few weeks, and I think it has promise. It gets right all the things that Facebook got wrong, in terms of controlling which groups of people you interact with and share content with. Add to that the awesome Hangout feature which gives easy access to video conferencing.
My gripes with it is the +1 system, which seems to be a confused mix between the Facebook like button and the Twitter favourite function. I’m still trying to work out exactly the benefit of the +1 one button in terms of interaction on Google Plus. Of course, the +1 button serves to tailor search results for you, based on your social graph. Whether that is a good thing or an evil thing is a debate for another day!
The thing I’m really missing from Google Plus is an easy way to share content with my Plus followers. At the moment, if I want to share a link with my Google Plus circles, I have to go to the site and manually post the link. Instead, I want to have sharing buttons (or at least a browser plugin) to have a one-click share, like we have with Facebook and Twitter.
The only social buttons for Google that are appearing on blogs are the +1 buttons, which do not send content to your Google Plus feed! Of course, the +1 button can’t do this because you have to tell Plus which circles each of your posts are going to. Therein lies the rub.
Still though, if you’d like to try out Google Plus for yourself, I have 150 invites. All you need to do is click this link. If you’ve read this far, a Flattr wouldn’t go amiss either
Allow me to introduce you to Leo Widrich, co-founder of a new cloud service, called Buffer. It’s a Twitter scheduling service that I’ve been making much use of lately. You’ll also notice that I’m sporting a Buffer button at the bottom of each post. The idea is that using services such as Twitterfeed or Feedly can inadvertently cause you to flood your followers with more tweets than they can keep up with. This can in turn can annoy your followers, and maybe cause them to unfollow you.
Therefore, for non-time sensitive links, using a scheduler allows you to get all of your content out at a steady rate, without overwhelming your followers in the process.
Introduction over, I’ll hand over to Leo now, so he can explain to you about the service in his own words!