I made the transition over to G+ about 3 weeks ago. Like most anything, I’m not a big fan of just jumping in when a new product comes out. I waited a little while to see how G+ was going to pan out. I’ve been on Facebook for some time now and it’s been good and bad. The changes they have made over the past couple of years… I have mixed feelings over. Being a photographer I’ve never liked the way Facebook displayed my images. One of the other issues I have/had with Facebook was all the games, horoscopes, gold coins, and any other (to me) annoying app/advertisement which ended up on my wall.
In steps Google +
I’m not going to tell you it’s perfect, it’s still in Beta… but… it’s much nicer/friendlier to use. To top it off… at this point.. no annoying items as mentioned above (so far). There is room to improve and I think Google will address some issues over time. For now, I’ve all but left Facebook.
By now there are a million reviews of G+ on the net…. I’ll just touch on a couple of things and then it’s up to you to decide if you want to give it a try.
The main page when you first start with G+ isn’t very easy to read in my opinion. It’s a little bit of a pain to see who is posting what. Well, this is an easy fix with a simple extension for your Chrome browser. Nice easy on the eyes background color. Each person who comments has their own block with collapsible comments. You can also hide the block, collapse it for later, or remove it. Just looks and flows much nicer than Facebook IMO. Click HERE for the resource link.
Notice how the user has a nice little gallery posted… again… G+ is much friendlier towards your images.
When you click on the photos icon you get to see the images of other contacts in a collage. Visually, it’s great! Again… this is a + over Facebook … I can see a large collection of images from contacts all over the world right in one spot. The little numbers in the top right corners are comments from other people on the images.
When you click on the image this is what you will see. Notice how nice the comment system is to your right. Very user friendly. The images are displayed very well, no ugly compression. Just a nice looking image! ( I had to shrink the image to fit the blog) Left and right arrows allow you to browse the persons gallery.
Uploading images to G+ is a snap… you can pick and choose how the images will be shared out. Say you only want to share images with family and friends… no problem… G+ allows you to select who sees what.
Another great way to get albums on to your G+ page is with Picasa (free)… you simply select which images you want to share… right mouse click and share them online. Picasa will walk you through the steps.
This is where you add your contacts. Very simple and straight forward. You create the circles as you see fit… add your contacts… and it’s just that simple. You can assign a person to multiple circles. The blurred squares are my contacts. But you can see the circles I’ve created below.
Since I joined G+ a few weeks ago, my contacts have doubled. I’ve been able to add more photographers from all over the globe. This is fantastic IMO… it’s wonderful to see all the inspiring work they produce.
As I mentioned above, there are plenty of reviews out on the net. I’ve hardly scratched the surface of at this point, I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you about G+. I’ve enjoyed it so far and I think it’s only going to get better. I’ve added the +1′s to my site. So… if you sign up for G+ and like something on here… +1 it.
Do drop in the Chrome Web Store to see all the amazing extensions you can add to the browser to make G+ so nice to use.
If you’ve made it this far in the post… and you are not a G+ user just yet…. I’ve included an invitation link below. There are only 146 invitations… so… sign up quick if you want to give it a try.
Thanks for the visit.