The first time I heard of Google+ was on the Booksparks PR blog (which is great website, btw) and I have to admit, my first reaction was really? The last thing I need is another social networking site to suck away my precious writing time (not to mention my precious family time and my not-so-precious housecleaning time). I briefly scanned the post and figured that Google+ would be another Tumblr (Twitter’s red-haired stepbrother).
But… not so fast.
Now it seems that I can’t get away from Google+. All my online writing communities are buzzing about the new belle of the Social Networking ball, and as usual, I feel like the wallflower of the hour. Google+ is still in the testing phase and apparently they don’t need any more testers. Even if you’ve scored an invitation to join you’re still out of luck (because they’ve exceeded their “capacity”). Meanwhile, those of us on the outside looking in are hearing all about the circles and hangouts and sparks and waiting our turn to try out what some in the biz are hailing as the ultimate social network.
I already Twitter and Facebook and blog, so do I really need to Google+?
Well, yes and no.
If Google+ turns out to be everything everyone is making it out to be, then yes, I definitely need to Google+. Because the point of social networking is to be where everyone else is.
But if turns out to be another Tumblr, then I say, probably not.
I guess only time will tell.
What about you? Do you Google+ yet? What’s your favorite/most useful social network?