I chose to do my blog on Google+, or Google Plus, whichever way you reference the site. Google+ is in many ways like Facebook with a twist. Everyone who has a Google gmail email address is ready to set up a Google+ account. Note: you do need to officially create your account – don’t worry, there isn’t an account out there on the web just because. Google calls this “layering” because you already have access to the platform, as well as other Google services, with your Google gmail account. All I had to do was download a profile picture, enter in my school and work information, and any other personal information I chose to share. I kept my information pretty simple for my account & posted just a few things. See below:
The nice thing about Google+ is you don’t have to be friends with people to see posts. I am already connected to numerous users. When creating an account, you have the choice to join communities such as Health & Wellness, Spiritual, Wisdom, Relationships, Joke of the Day, Herbal Medicine, and Think Positive. The communities are endless. You can follow music, books, gardening, even celebrities. You are also able to create circles. For me, these are like private Facebook pages or Chat Rooms. You can create a cirlce of friends to discuss topics you all enjoy & follow. Only those in your secure circles can see your discussions and posts.
Since having a gmail account already sets you up for a Google+ account, the target audience is diverse. Being able to go on a social-media-type platform to browse pictures, videos, posts, & likes from all over the world is pretty amazing. You have exposure to a wide variety of information, not just from your friends like Facebook or Twitter. Google+ is another useful platform to connect with people in our global world. The home page is busy; keep that in mind. There are three columns of posts running down the page. You need to look at the top of each post to find out what category (Wisdom, Joke) it originates from. You can hit +1, which is similar to the Like feature on Facebook, you can share, & you can follow users.
For me, this site is so similar to Facebook I may not browse often. My brother refuses to join Facebook but he uses Google+. Maybe this way he can remain anonymous, which Google+ definitely creates. I have noticed that Youtube does not let you leave comments on videos unless you have a Google+ account. I may leave the account open for that reason; not that I comment on a lot of videos, but the option is nice.
For any of you who have a gmail account, give Google+ a whirl & browse through the content. It will only take you a couple of minutes to get ready to scroll!