How Google+ will replace Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Email & eBay

Google+ is the social media toy of the moment. So far most people seem to think that it might even be so awesome that it could topple Facebook.

I have been lucky enough to have received an invite from @R2UK and below are my thoughts so far as to how Google+ might take over the world and replace blogs, Twitter, Facebook, email and eBay.

Quick Google+ Overview

I’m aware that most people don’t have Google+. In fact most people I know haven’t even heard of it.

Therefore, if you are one of those people, think of Google+ as being rather like Facebook but with greater privacy control settings. You add friends into circles and when you post you can specify whether to make your post public, visible to only certain people, circles or extended – your friends and their circles.

It also has a number of extra features which have cute names like huddle and hangout.

How Google+ will take over the world

Well it’s not going to happen overnight but I like what I’ve seen and once Google+ opens its doors to everyone it will be very interesting to see what happens.

Replacing Blogs & Twitter

It seems to me that sending a public post is similar to posting on Twitter or writing a blog post.

There is some loss of functionality but I am guessing that will come with time e.g. there is no concept of Twitter hashtags.

Also I only seem to come across public posts when one of my friends comments on a post. But the viral marketing opportunities are plenty.

Replacing Facebook

For private posts like photos of the kids or what you did last night, you simply post to certain circles.

But even better is that you can use your circles to only tell those groups of people who you think are interested in certain things – or to exclude certain people from seeing your posts, like your parents or your boss.

And the mute button which turns off notifications for that post is just pure genius – it will I’m sure get used a lot.

Replacing Email

Instead of email, you just post to people or circles.

Again the mute button will be very useful, but it will be both fab and annoying. Great for if you get fed up with the constant difficulty some people have distinguishing between the reply all and reply button. Annoying if someone replies with the expectation that you are listening.

Google+ is definitely the first tool to really put some meat to the idea that email will cease to exist in the future.

Replacing eBay

The cost of selling on Ebay has rocketed. We now use a local Facebook group to buy and sell for free.

Extended posts could be for buying or selling. Where you hope that if your friend is friends with this person it will mean that they won’t rip you off. Only problem is that because the circles work as they do, people will be more relaxed about adding everyone. So I think the extended circles will be less trusted than the same concept in other social media tools.

Do you have a Google+ account? What do you think of it so far? Could you ever see yourself giving up blogging, Twitter, Facebook, email or eBay for Google+?


Twitter – Choosing Who To Follow & To Stay Following

Following (no pun intended) @nickie72‘s blog post it made me realise that people must have different reasons as to why they follow people on Twitter.

I am not saying that my way is right, but it works for me.

My Geeky way of choosing who to follow is based entirely on whether or not I am interested in their tweets. Yes it would be lovely to have them follow me back, and even better if they actually tweeted me, but those are added bonuses rather than a requirement of my following.

For this reason, whilst I do try to check my new followers every so often, I don’t auto follow back.

I usually find new followers by:

  1. Conversation – if they aren’t a spammer and genuinely tweet with me, I will usually follow back
  2. Recommendation – if one of the people I follow retweets a tweet of theirs or a blog post I really enjoy reading, then I also usually follow.

However, I never ever follow without first reading their bio and checking out their latest tweets.

If I don’t follow back it’s often because I am very time poor and don’t get around to it, or something in their bio or timeline puts me off. But I do revisit.

This works for me as I don’t track how I am doing. I don’t track my follow count and I don’t use unfollow apps. So if someone stops following me I won’t notice and I won’t unfollow them. I am still at the ooohhh, I got a mention stage in my Twitter life, so I also don’t get upset when people don’t respond. But even once I have reached Twitter stardom, I really hope I manage to keep my feet on the ground. I don’t read every tweet, so how can I expect other people to do so. Yes, Twitter tools do let you know when you have been mentioned, but they are notorious for not working 100% of the time. But even if someone does read my tweet, there can be many more reasons as to why they don’t reply.

Maybe that sounds foolish but if you remember, I don’t follow to be polite, I follow in the hope that I am going to read some great things, that doesn’t change just because that person no longer follows me or because they haven’t answered my twitter question.

Maybe when I have some Klout then I will join in with the stress of worrying about those apparently important numbers, but until then, I will continue to enjoy Twitter as a great source of useful info, links and chatter without too much obsession.

And in case you do want to follow me, be careful to pick the right Geeky Mummy, there are a few of us out there. I am @GKMummy.