When I first read about Google+, the company’s long-awaited attempt at social networking, I wasn’t exactly interested. The basic concept behind Google+ is summarized in several thousand articles online, which I won’t link to from here. But here are the main things that Google+ has to offer, directly quoted from Google themselves [cause there’s already a million places where you can find re-wording]:
You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life.
Remember when your Grandpa used to cut articles out of the paper and send them to you? That was nice. That’s kind of what Sparks does: looks for videos and articles it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something to watch, read, and share. Grandpa would approve.
Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let buddies know you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until we perfect teleportation, it’s the next best thing.
So, in summary, Google took the best aspects of Facebook (what people are doing, sharing=Circles), Twitter (looking at stuff you find interesting and following it=Sparks) and Skype (video chatting with people=Hangout) and combined them into one happy little social media platform.
It sounded sort of redundant when I first heard about it. I decided I would sign up, but only because, as a journalism student, you have to be interested and open to new things in social media. So I didn’t care too much about getting an invite.
Until my sister told me she knew someone who could invite me.
Now, a week later, I’m obsessively checking Google+ because they have this annoying little thing saying:
Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.
It’s embarrassing, but I didn’t care about signing up until I found out that I couldn’t sign up. It’s sort of like that crap they blog about on Betches Love This Site: This betch really loves things that she can’t have. Right now, I can’t access Google+, and it’s driving me completely insane.
After obsessively checking Twitter #googleplus today, there was finally hope, it seemed:
False. If you type in “plus.google.com” the first time on a web browser, you get a–hallelujah–sign in page. Then, after signing in with your account, you get redirected.
While some people are tweeting that their invites are getting accepted, I still have yet to get mine, and I’m annoyed. But, at the same time, I’m extremely intrigued.