+1 for Google+

I’ll preface my thoughts by admitting the fact that I’m far from being an expert on social media. I would consider myself a passionate user of social media and have watched it morph and change over the last decade or so… from Yahoo Groups to Xanga [my site is still active and is embarrassing], from MySpace to Facebook, to Twitter and now, Google+.

As many other bright and much more brilliant minds that I have pointed out, the social web… the ability to share and receive information with networks of friends, co-workers, and acquaintances… is one of the most significant culture shifts to take place in our time. While the mediums have changed and continue to morph, the idea, relationships, and power of the social web have only continued to increase.

It can be exhausting to try and keep up with everything… I mused last week on Twitter: Tweets, Likes, Circles, +1′s, Friend Requests, DMs, Pokes, Adds, Status Updates… it’s all too much! #socialmediaoverload

However, after poking around and reading up on Google+, the early adopter in me is thinking this is something with paying attention to. Think about it:

  • Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users
  • TV took 13
  • Internet took 4 years
  • iPods took 3 years
  • Google+ added 10 million users in less than 3 weeks… and this is just in the exclusive, by-invitation-onluy debut. It’s just beginning.

I loved this video description of Google+:

Sharing is the currency of social media.

Google+ is redefining and simplifying the way we can share information. Instead of making lists or groups, Google+ makes it easy to add your friends to various circles and customize both your view of their news feed and allows you to select the content you share with your circles.

But, don’t take my word for it, here’s some great content from people wiser than me that’s worth reading:

One of my favorite movies last year was “The Social Network,” and in a lot of ways, I feel like we are in the early days of “The Facebook.” There’s still some kinks in the system, it’s not perfect, everyone isn’t fully-connected yet but there’s room for infinite possibilities. We have no way of predicting where this will be in a few months or in the next year.

Google underwhelmed us with Wave and Buzz, but I feel like they are right on target for redefining the social web experience with Google+.

For church communications folks,  you would be well-advised to get ahead of the curve on this one. Who knows how this could be leveraged for churches or how the church could use it to empower our people to spread the word?

The entire social web revolution is in many ways a 21st century return to the roots of our faith. Our faith was a grassroots movement. There was no marketing or fanfare, only a group of people who knew they had something they needed to share with the entire world. Our faith spread from person-to-person from household-to-household, from city-to-city to the ends of the earth. All we see and experience today is a return to that personal sharing and telling of our story, from individuals to their networks, circles, and friends.

Google+ is a new platform and opportunity for us to consider what’s next.

We’ve got the greatest message worth sharing and we would be taking it and sharing it wherever people are… offline or online.

What about you? What are your thoughts on Google+?

Let’s Circle up! Add me on Google+!

Not on Google+ yet? I’ve got some invites, so drop a comment and I’ll try to an invite to as many of you as possible.

About Tim Schraeder

Tim Schraeder is obsessed with all things social media. Having worked with some of the world’s largest churches and para-church organizations, he served as an evangelist for social media with a knack for connecting people and spreading ideas that matter. He’s been a consultant and coach as well as a sought-after speaker and author who helped write the book on communication and social media for the church. Today, Tim is passionate to help businesses and organizations connect, engage, and build loyal followers across all forms of social media. He is a die-hard Chicagoan who can be found in any neighborhood coffeeshop that has free wifi.

  • susanne phaneuf

    hey Tim… i would love an invite if you still have one…

    • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

      Sent!

  • http://twitter.com/kmhamilton Kristen Hamilton

    Thanks Tim – good stuff. You’re right on with sharing as currency – that seems to be the one constant in an everchanging social media landscape. I would really appreciate an invite if you still have some available. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I have been on Google plus since the beginning. Wait, it’s been around for 3 weeks now. That sounds weird. I love where Google Plus is headed, and can’t wait to get more use out of it. 

    So far i’ve hung out, shared videos, links, and random other bits of information. I hope it catches on with thousands, millions, and that it is useful for the Church as well with connecting with members. 

    • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

      It’s at almost 18 million already… I think that’s a great start. I’m pretty stoked to see where it will go, too.

  • http://navigateyourmarketing.com/blog/ David Tonen

    One of the key implications for churches and church leaders is the effect that G+ will have on search. Google is after-all the king of search and they are absolutely indexing all that is shared within the structure of G+,. This is huge in that all the social goodness of Facebook is trapped behind the Zuckerberg wall. Google+ opens the gates and will make highly shareable material rise to the top of search results.

    • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

      Amen. It’s exciting!

  • Eric Bramlett

    I would like for to have an invite as I want to go to there. Thanks!

    • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

      sent!

  • Allison

    Ok I’ll give up my short term protest of social media opening with invite only :) I want in…that is if you have some invites left….thx!

    • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

      haha! way to go! sent!

  • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

    :)  sent and yes! email me: timschraeder@gmail.com and let’s get a date on the books!

  • http://www.timschraeder.com/ Tim Schraeder

    sent!

  • Leanne Shawler

    May I get an invite, pretty please?

  • http://twitter.com/adamthebrave adam moore

    I’m getting tired of Google trying to capitalise on everyone else’s successes. There was a lot of Buzz (pun intended) about Google+ when it launched, but I really haven’t heard anything about it in the past month or so.

    With 750+ million people on Facebook and over 100 million (I think) on Twitter, if you’re not already using these two main social media platforms, I can’t see Google+ persuading someone to join. 

    Now what Google+ has to do is convince Facebook users (a fair chunk of who also use Twitter) that they should instead use Google+, and either dump Facebook for it, OR add Google+ on top of their Facebook and Twitter use.

    I can’t see this happening. I expect that Google+ will be around a little longer than Wave and Buzz were, but I don’t see this majorly catching on anytime soon. 

    But who knows, I could be wrong, it’s happened once before.

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