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July 19, 2011


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Really good to see you pushing G+, Phil. I hadn't even considered having our library users follow our personal G+ accounts, but I could see having a 'my students/library users' circle being useful.

What's your thinking re: libraries setting up their own profiles - should we be doing it now, or waiting for the 'profiles for organisations' features Google are promising?

Phil Bradley

Andrew - they've had over 300,000 requests for this if memory serves, so I think it's probably a good idea to wait before doing library pages. Librarians are getting into G+ in a big way though already - I have a circle with 645 in it so far, with the majority being in the US, but a fair proportion in the UK.

David Tanner

Good overview Phil. I take it G+ isn't restricting accounts to personal ones only at the moment?


Thanks, Phil, I shall hold off on setting up a library page. And yes, my librarian circle on G+ is eclipsing everything else so far! It's exciting times for sure.

Oscar Barona  Hechizos para el Amor

the truth I do not see google + as a murderer but what is certain is going to emerge with great force maybe put a little spin faccebook but I do not finish it completely would be a war of titans to other facebook this well positioned, by the way google + has the same style of navigation that facebook.
What a great contribution!

Nicola Franklin

I thought this post, by Mike Elgin on google+ (can't work out how to link back to it, sorry!) highlights some other reasons why Google+ is a) different from other 'social networks' and b) important for librarians to get to grips with:

!Here's what I love about Google+ in general and the Google+ Diet in particular:

Instead of saying, "I'm going to write a blog post now," or "I'm going to send an e-mail" or "I think I'll tweet something" you simply say what you have to say, then decide who you're going to say it to.

If you address it to "Public," it's a blog post.

If you address it to "Your Circles" it's a tweet.

If you address it to your "My Customers" Circle it's a business newsletter.

If you address it to a single person, it can be a letter to your mother.

I'd say this is pretty revolutionary."

And another poster there, Vincent Wong, posted a great slideshow demonstrating how google+ is showing 'blue ocean' thinking; instead of trying to compete with Facebook on its own terms, they're linking together docs, apps, etc with the ability to share and to collaborate - ie, to move everything people do online into (their) cloud.


Thank you so much for this post, Phil. I think the integration of services is what I find really interesting about this—how many hours have people spent trying to figure out how to connect their online presences to each other? Contrasting it with the clumsiness of using Facebook (which, by the way, does not have an option for notifications for "likes") really is quite startling. I wasn't impressed by Google Buzz, so I was waiting it out for this "new thing". Now I can't wait to try it, well done :)

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