5 Reasons Why Google+ Should be Your Social Network of Choice

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"80% of Google+ users engage on a weekly basis"
Since the creation of GooglePlus (commonly referred to as Google+) back in 2011, the social network has received mixed reviews, with criticism centered around the lack of meaningful content and low levels of user engagement. Despite the skepticism, however, the once “invitation-only” social networking site has blossomed into the second largest social network in the world, passing Twitter in January 2013.

So why are users logging on to Google+ now more than ever?

  1. It’s indexed by Google, which can significantly help your business page receive visibility in Google search results.
  2. Google+ makes it easier to share and rank other posts, whether you’re on Google+ or another webpage.
  3. There’s a community of over 500 million members, with over 60% of them logging on every day, providing a vast base for your potential audience.
  4. Google+ Communities present users with an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals interested in similar topics.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, engagement is booming on Google+, with 80% of active users engaging on a weekly basis.

Still not convinced? Google+ Helper posted this infographic to further explain the importance of GooglePlus.

Reasons why Google+

Are you a Google+ user yet? Why or why not?

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  1. Glen Luke Flanagan So far, I haven't seen much reason to use Google+ when more of the folks I want to stay in touch with are on Facebook. Still, it does seem that Google+ is gaining ground, and may eventually become as mandatory as Facebook seems to be now.
  2. Dan Marcos The only reason these services are "mandatory" is because the average person now days is too incapable of maintaining their own machines and storing/organizing their data themselves. They are bedazzled by some convenience, and willing to sacrifice lots of unknowns, contingencies and privacy for a little convenience and "popular fad" trends. Fact is, Facebook or Google don't give any benefits over private transfer of data (aka, email, ftp servers, messaging, etc), since the actual technology of sharing the data has not changed in over 2 decades... except for the conglomeration of everyone else's data in the same location. Ownership of personal data is becoming even more decentralized with cloud development, and soon people will not even have native storage for data on their own devices.. And this is exactly what big tech wants.. They want you to no longer control your data, so you have to pay them, in some way, to access files you once owned (whether thats in an access fee, or private information they can sell).. They want you cut off from your data without them. Power is out? Internet is out? Company has been hacked? Gone out of business? Any other number of accidents/problems that can arise? I can still access my home network and all of my data.. and it is encrypted and secure.. how about you? Like it or not, this is the way the technology industry is pushing consumers. You will simply "log in" to your storage/data on the cloud, using the cheapest hardware devices possible, with no storage, merely the ability to run software connecting you to "stream" your data. Except.. Possession is 9/10ths of the law, and you no longer own your data when it is stored on someone elses hardware. I still manage to share everything with my family, except I run a home server for us to download and store our pictures/music/emails/etc to so that I am not using "free" services (bought with your private information) and storing my data on someone elses system. I can still utilize private messengers (also encrypted, unlike closed source proprietary messengers includes in things like Facebook or G+ or Msfts new Skype), private email on a custom and encrypted email server, end to end, and have 10 times the storage for myself and my few family members that are offered through these other "free" services. Took me a weekend and a ~$500 old computer rig. But hey, I will miss out on all those lovely advertisements after the money grubbing ad companies get some scouring your emails for what diseases you have, so they can market you some new drugs... O darn.
  3. Alex Gauthier The integration with gmail works well, but right now, there just arent enough users imo.
  4. Dan Marcos I don't blame them.. Why would I want Google or other providers storing and scanning my emails so they can provide me with "better", read: more "targetted advertising"? No thanks. Anyone who uses G+ (or pretty much any Google service now) is just asking to have their data sold to the highest bidder. Enjoy those popup ads on your Androids/email/blog/"social media", coming soon to a device near you!
  5. CBDunkerson The 500 million users figure cited in the article is from last December. The current total just passed 900 million. http://plus.miernicki.com/
  6. Jane Susskind Thanks for the update!
  7. Shawn M. Griffiths i need to use Google+ more often
  8. Chad Peace Good idea! @JaneSusskind
  9. Simon Mayeski Maybe an IVN chat for "Staying focused on G+"? Not a tweetchat, but a Hangout session? Seriously.
  10. Simon Mayeski I know...I keep making "false starts" trying to get going on G+...wonder why that is. It seems a little more complicated on the setup and maintenance side then T and FB, but not THAT much more. Maybe we need a 12-step program for G+...there probably already is one, but ya wanna bet it's on...Facebook? :)
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Glen Luke Flanagan
Glen Luke Flanagan

So far, I haven't seen much reason to use Google+ when more of the folks I want to stay in touch with are on Facebook. Still, it does seem that Google+ is gaining ground, and may eventually become as mandatory as Facebook seems to be now.

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier

The integration with gmail works well, but right now, there just arent enough users imo.

Bob Conner
Bob Conner

I'm still wrestling with telephones

Michael Higham
Michael Higham

It's weird, Google+ is one of those I know will be super-beneficial to use, but continually forget about. It's a matter of time before G+ becomes a "thing" in the social media conversation.

Dan Marcos
Dan Marcos

The only reason these services are "mandatory" is because the average person now days is too incapable of maintaining their own machines and storing/organizing their data themselves. They are bedazzled by some convenience, and willing to sacrifice lots of unknowns, contingencies and privacy for a little convenience and "popular fad" trends.

Fact is, Facebook or Google don't give any benefits over private transfer of data (aka, email, ftp servers, messaging, etc), since the actual technology of sharing the data has not changed in over 2 decades... except for the conglomeration of everyone else's data in the same location.

Ownership of personal data is becoming even more decentralized with cloud development, and soon people will not even have native storage for data on their own devices.. And this is exactly what big tech wants.. They want you to no longer control your data, so you have to pay them, in some way, to access files you once owned (whether thats in an access fee, or private information they can sell).. They want you cut off from your data without them. Power is out? Internet is out? Company has been hacked? Gone out of business? Any other number of accidents/problems that can arise? I can still access my home network and all of my data.. and it is encrypted and secure.. how about you?

Like it or not, this is the way the technology industry is pushing consumers. You will simply "log in" to your storage/data on the cloud, using the cheapest hardware devices possible, with no storage, merely the ability to run software connecting you to "stream" your data. Except.. Possession is 9/10ths of the law, and you no longer own your data when it is stored on someone elses hardware.

I still manage to share everything with my family, except I run a home server for us to download and store our pictures/music/emails/etc to so that I am not using "free" services (bought with your private information) and storing my data on someone elses system. I can still utilize private messengers (also encrypted, unlike closed source proprietary messengers includes in things like Facebook or G+ or Msfts new Skype), private email on a custom and encrypted email server, end to end, and have 10 times the storage for myself and my few family members that are offered through these other "free" services. Took me a weekend and a ~$500 old computer rig.

But hey, I will miss out on all those lovely advertisements after the money grubbing ad companies get some scouring your emails for what diseases you have, so they can market you some new drugs... O darn.

Dan Marcos
Dan Marcos

I don't blame them.. Why would I want Google or other providers storing and scanning my emails so they can provide me with "better", read: more "targetted advertising"? No thanks. Anyone who uses G+ (or pretty much any Google service now) is just asking to have their data sold to the highest bidder. Enjoy those popup ads on your Androids/email/blog/"social media", coming soon to a device near you!

Joseph Avery
Joseph Avery

I've heard that Facebook's demographic is older people, do you think Google+ will be the thing for all these hip youngsters coming up? I completely neglect Google+ but I'm sure it has benefits I am missing.

Jane Susskind
Jane Susskind

Exactly. I always have to think twice to make sure I've got Google+ covered, when Twitter & FB come naturally to me! Google+ is also relatively new tho, so I think in time it will join the ranks of FB & Twitter..

Simon Mayeski
Simon Mayeski

I know...I keep making "false starts" trying to get going on G+...wonder why that is. It seems a little more complicated on the setup and maintenance side then T and FB, but not THAT much more. Maybe we need a 12-step program for G+...there probably already is one, but ya wanna bet it's on...Facebook? :)

Simon Mayeski
Simon Mayeski

Maybe an IVN chat for "Staying focused on G+"? Not a tweetchat, but a Hangout session? Seriously.