My Thoughts on Google+

By | 2017-12-04T12:42:36+00:00 July 11th, 2011|8 Comments

I’m sure that by now many of you have heard the buzz about Google+. The way I sum up Google+ is that it has Facebook’s way of posting and commenting, with Twitter’s “you don’t have to be mutual friends” awesomeness. It also allows you to group people into “Circles” so that you can only post to specific groups of people. I pretty much just post all of my stuff to everyone, since the only group I would post separately to would be my “family” circle (and so far none of them have accepted their invites … sigh).

You may have also heard some of the distaste about Google’s TOS (Terms of Service), which is summed up pretty well by Scott Bourne over at his blogs Photofocus and GoingPro. Scott has a valid point—there are some concerns about content (my main concern being photography) if it’s posted to Google+, since they are claiming a royalty free license to your content if you post it on the site. My “I’m not a lawyer but this is probably still solid” solution? I’ll continue to post my photos on my blog, and on Flickr and then share the link (not the actual photos) on Google+. I doubt that Google could lay any claims to linked content, especially since that consists of the entire Internet and anyone can post a link to anything.

Aside from the TOS, in the few weeks it’s been open to the public Google+ has shown the potential to be a really beneficial social network to use in addition to Twitter and Facebook (the two I use the most). Right now I don’t see it replacing anything for me, since most of my friends and family are on Facebook and they are all unlikely to transition over to G+. I also find Twitter so useful on its own that you won’t see me quieting down over there, either. As a digital photographer who tries to stay active in both the photography and tech world I use social networks a lot (mostly Twitter) and I think that Google+ has potential to be a good way to network and meet new people.

My favorite feature (so far) is the Hangouts. It’s basically just video chat that will accomodate up to 10 people at a time, but is unique to many of the existing social networks. I’ve already met some cool people and made some connections … I’ll probably be having (and joining) hangouts regularly just to chat with other G+ users and photographers over time. There are some features I wish they would add, like reserving spots for specific users (especially the host) and ways to customize some of the settings (especially the sounds), and it would be great if I could do a screen-cast to share my desktop and also allow an “audience” if I wanted to allow people to just watch the hangout if it’s already full. But overall it’s still a really neat feature.

If you don’t have a Google+ account and want to try it out, Trey Ratcliff has a “pay it forward” thing on his Facebook page. Just watch for a post offering invites and add your gmail/email address (more info here on his blog). And once you get there, look me up! :)\

Update: I created a quick “Basics of Google+” video … click here to view it on YouTube!

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. jjohnsen July 11, 2011 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I love it so far. I can see myself dumping Facebook and only sticking with Twitter and Google+ if I can get enough of my Facebook friends over there.

  2. Eric Hamilton July 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Hello Nicole,
    Thanks for the update on Google+
    I think that you and most others have been drinking Green Google Koolaid. Google+ is a cheap knock of Facebook. End of story…
    I detail my thoughts here…

    Again, thanks for the update on Google+

    • Nicole July 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Well, it might be similar to Facebook but I like it a lot better. With Facebook I have to be “mutual friends” with people in order to connect. Since I have a lot more people wanting to follow me than I typically want to follow back (my Twitter account is a good example) then I’m very picky with who I accept as friends and mostly just “friend” people that I actually know. This is limiting and I’d rather have open interaction with everyone.

      Plus, just because someone likes a product or service doesn’t mean we are “drinking the Koolaid”. I have a lot of Apple products because I think it’s a great product, does that automatically mean I’m an Apple fan-girl, too?

      Google+ is free, as is Facebook, and if people don’t want to connect with other people by using these services then they don’t have to.

  3. Eric Hamilton July 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I can respect your perspective. The Google+ features are cute but not innovative.

  4. Eric Hamilton July 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Google+ Engineer says the same thing as me…

  5. Joshua July 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I like it. No ads on the sides of the pages…way easier to control your groups and who sees what. I like that it’s tied to your public profile on Google – which is fine, I want some kind of basic public profile that shows up in searches… Overall I like it.


  6. Rich Rosen July 15, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

    “I’ll continue to post my photos [elsewhere] and then share the link (not the actual photos) on Google+. I doubt that Google could lay any claims to linked content, especially since that consists of the entire Internet and anyone can post a link to anything.”

    Don’t give them any ideas…

  7. Eric Hamilton July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I like your video…

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