Google+

You may or may not have noticed that I have never joined Facebook. There are various reasons, but one of them is that I really do not like anything about the way Facebook works or is run. If you like and use Facebook, that’s your business, and by all means enjoy it. I’m not going to rant about it. Obviously it’s a service that fits a lot of people’s needs.

Anyway, I use a lot of Google services. Over the past year, I have migrated a lot of my internet services to Google’s cloud-based services including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Chrome sync and most recently Picasa Web Albums. I like Google as a company, generally speaking, and I like a lot of their products. I recently got my first smartphone, running Android.

I watched Google+’s beta with interest (as I have with Google Music) and I was quite excited when it suddenly went wide release last week. I signed up, which wasn’t hard because it’s tied to my Google account.

So far, the main limitation I’ve come up against is that I don’t really know that many people, let alone people who will early-adopt Google+ while all their friends stay on Facebook. But as with all such things (remember Myspace, or even Bebo?) times change and people will migrate from Facebook to something else eventually. Google+ could be the one, or maybe it’ll co-exist, I don’t know.

I like the service, I like the circles stuff, I like the idea of using it as a microblog sort of thing, I like the way I can quickly post stuff from my phone (yeah, I know Twitter exists, but this hosts photo and video), and so far I’ve been able to integrate it into my life with minimal intrusion. So far so good.

Anyway, if you want to find me on Google+, click here.

Last year when I volunteered at Supersonic Festival, I blogged the event¬†from the hotel bar, which was pretty fun. This year I am volunteering once again, and I think I’m going to do a something a little more immediate, exciting and involving. I’ll be using Google+ to liveblog the festival as it happens, so expect more pictures, maybe some short video clips, instant reactions and thoughts.

On top of that, I will of course use the blog here to do proper full-scale write-ups. Best of both worlds, except without Picard being assimilated by the Borg. I’ll look into integrating the Google+ feed into this blog so as not to split things up, but that’s enough info for now. You can add me on Google+, and keep an eye out for it in three weeks time, if you’re at all interested.

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