Is your Google+ boring?

Then you are doing it wrong.

I guess Facebook has once again tried to keep up with Google plus and twitter and in the process alienated their user base. I don’t think they understand their users anymore. Once you move a platform forward and have wide spread use, those users might not want to embrace the change. I have been wanting to talk about Google plus for a while now, but I think today is a great day. Facebook is all screwed up trying to be google plus, so why not try the real thing? Specially now that is not just invite only anymore!

First go get your account. I’ll wait. If you don’t have a gmail address, get one of those as well. They are both very useful things to have.

Once you have an account, add me. The cool thing about Google plus is that we don’t have to be friends. You can simply see the content I put out whenever you want. You can make a new circle called Frenemies or Secretely hate or BFFs or Chicago and add me to that circle. The awesome thing about this feature is that you become your own curator for online information. That could be done before in other places, but content creation in google plus is a lot more robust than in either twitter or facebook.

You know who is another cool person to follow, its Tom, yeap, the dude from MySpace. The content he creates is pretty informative.

You can create very obscure content, like how to write a procedure on user creation on 3 LDAPs at once. Instead of making all of your friends and family scratch their heads with that post, you can select to only share it with your technology circle. You can even make a Jersey Shore fan group and share the latest Snooky rumor just to that group without making it awkward at the next bikers meeting.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Google plus has many features, and if you are bored with Google plus, that means you are doing it wrong. You can customize your google plus with something called Sparks. It is kind of like what you are interested on, but its also a very powerful news aggregator of sorts. Type anything that might interest you and see the useful thing being posted in the net pop up. Its like having a friend that knows a lot about that subject share some of the latest links with you.

The other awesome feature that I have not used but know many people that have is the hangouts. Basically it is Skipe, but better and free! How about that.

Any social network you join is only as powerful as the people you follow. With google+ you can follow everyone, just make sure that you put them in the right buckets. Have a lot of buckets and enjoy the experience.

Take google plus for a spin, I think the network will grow little by little. If anything it will be a place for you to find the information you want in an informal way.


And…here we go!

1. It’s fun to ride a roller coaster.

2. A mess is easy to make.

3. I like to be active.

4. The reason so many people love drama, I will never know!

5. Something I’m very much excited about is taking ASL classes with Bea.

6. Buying a juicer and a magic bullet was well worth it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching TV with the wife, tomorrow my plans include taking my Mom out to eat whatever she wants and Sunday, I want to hopefully be outside if the rain is momentary!

Making Blog Comments Social Again

Ever since I started to get serious about posting in the blog again I am faced with the problem that made me stop doing it as much as I used to… all the comments go elsewhere.

While it is easy to get a post into facebook for example, it is another story to get the people to come and comment on the actual blog.

I have been looking at plugins and alternatives, and it just does not seem to be simple. Part of it is that my facebook is not public, and only some people have adopted google+

While the blog still has readership besides the ones that I have that also use facebook, it seems that the vocal ones have moved on to that platform.

The other issue is the stream. Some people ride the twitter stream all day… I just never got a surfboard for that one. Mostly it is because it requires a lot of time, and depending on the number of people you follow, it can quickly get cluttered. Facebook’s stream seems a little easier to follow, but it faces the same issue other streams do, you miss the boat and you are last hours post.

Our internet usage seems to have a very quick attention span, so topics gets lost quickly and even though I really never cared about how many people read my blog, I do care that those that do get to interact with one another via comments. All of that is lost when the comments become fragmented between social media and the blog itself.

I guess I won’t worry about it too much, in the end what I want to do with most of the posts here is make people think, and if it does not spark a dialogue I can deal with that. I am going to keep my google+ pretty open for now (I am having fun with the circles features) and maybe I can figure out a way to merge comments without them being hosted somewhere else like discus. Let me know if you know of anything that can accomplish the daunting tasks of creating a seamless streams for the comments to be a attached to an actual post.

Friday Fill Ins 8/12

I guess it will help if I actually link the image they provide… lol, don’t pay attention I am just amusing myself.

And…here we go!

1. The only question is “is there a spoon?”.

2. Back pain coming in one day.

3. Three things on my desk: Humongous water bottle, Giant squeezable pill and a Suzuki Hayabusa .

4. Water is the one thing I HAVE to do today!

5. I love playing with friends. I think its time to trick people into a pictionary night.

6. Orange all over overwhelms the senses.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to chillazing with the wife, tomorrow my plans include helping a friend move and Sunday, I want to take my wife to see The Help!

Friday Fill-ins! 8/5

I am really trying to get back into the whole blogging thing, and one of the things that I enjoyed the most was having a Friday meme to post something, but not have to think about it too much. The Friday’s Feast died a while back but I just found Friday Fill-ins! it seems like it is still active and well, let have some meme fun

1. How can I resist the urge for coffee when I have a starbucks downstairs.
2. Stubborn weed always grows back.
3. My hair is ready for a haircut.
4. I did not attend my high school reunion, can’t really say I missed it.
5. My favorite summer fruits are strawberries… but are they really just summer fruits?
6. Some lady hit a guy that was changing a tire because she was texting … what was that?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching some TV with the wife, we are really getting into this Merlin show, tomorrow my plans include sleeping and probably going out for a walk and Sunday, I want to make sure Alicia has a ton of fun while here in Chicago!