The future ahead will continue to be dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Both of which make enormous mistakes every business cycle as they strive for profits over people. But there is hope.
I'd love to hear from you about your NETWORK and how you ARE or ARE NOT getting your "social" needs met on Facebook or any other network.
You've got to Circle people to get people to Circle you back. If you want to enter into conversations you've got to follow a few folks. (Hangouts on topics you care about are a great way to meet and Circle people.) And as you begin finding your tribe on G+ you can create your own Circle based on your topics. For example I have Circles on MUSIC, TECH, and PHILOSOPHY. Go find your tribe on G+ and then Circle, Hangout, and share with them.
There's too much money and momentum for social media or social sharing to go away. But Zuck's days are limited. Just as Microsoft has fallen from the top of the OS and App pile, so will Facebook fall from the top of the Social Network heap. But the company/platform to take it's place has probably not been launched yet.
It's fine to wonder what is up, what is the plan, for Google+ now that the visionary is gone. But beginning the funeral dirge is a bit irresponsible. I can assure you, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, and Twitter will be doing just fine 5 years from now.
[The King Google saga continues with this post: King Google Kills My AdSense Account & My Dreams] The following email arrived this morning. And without warning my ads turned white…
Here's my best pass at showing you how to use Google+. I will be making a quick video of this presentation shortly. Enjoy, join us on Google+, and get out there.
So I'm not saying you have to start using Google+ and Google Hangouts today, but why would you want to give me such a head start? Sure, you're going to hear things like, "Yeah, but nobody's on GooglePlus." Or, "I don't want another Facebook." And the lovey-dovey ads that Google is putting out will lead you right down that path. But make no mistake, the power behind Google Hangouts is in the collaboration.
It's not a surprise to anyone that Google is shaping everything we do on the internet. While search is the core business and the core revenue stream, Google has its hand in many pies that go well beyond the net.
It's always good to remember that anything you share electronically can be reshared without your permission. If it can be seen on a screen it can be screen captured and posted on a roadside billboard. If you share publicly, know that the information in the cloud stays in the cloud, forever. If you share privately, now that "privacy" is a concept that Facebook and now Google+ will change on a regular basis. It may say privacy settings, but it's all public. Don't share if you're not prepared to share with everybody.