Google+ Here I Come
Okay, I finally finagled an invite to Google+ and got through the "we don't have room for you" gatekeeper message. I am now part of the elite. The Inner Circle. I have a Google+ profile posted.
It's exciting to establish a homestead on fresh, untilled soil. If feels kind of like I'm "going west, young man." The only thing is, once I get there, I find that there's not much "there" there yet.
So far, I'm not sure how Google+ is going to be any different or better than Facebook. Yeah, sure, they have "circles" for your friends. But I already make extensive use of the lists in Facebook for segregating my partying rowdy friends from my church-going co-workers, and I'm pretty tenacious in making sure I keep those posts and photos in their proper categories.
It is kind of cool though to build a new network of friends from scratch and see how quickly I can spread my influence in this new territory. I was very pleased to see that I was the second person (after his wife) that my friend Rich Campbell "added" to his Google+ circles. He's the bass player for my favorite band, America, and it's nice he thought of me so soon after setting up his profile.
And that's what all this social media really comes down to, when I think about it. Sure, it's useful for communication and networking. But, just like the lunch table in elementary school, it feels good when someone wants to sit at your table.
So, I'm off to work on becoming popular on Google+. Be sure to add me to your circles!