Yes, I know. Google+ is dead. So says all sorts of “experts”. Google+ is dead, long live Google+. I sometimes think that the people who keep declaring it dead or a failure are not bothering to actually explore the rich variety of offerings that site has to offer. Kind of like complaining there is nothing to eat in the fridge without even opening the door, isn’t it?
Take for example, the Women of Google+. Not only is it a group on G+, it is also has become an active webpage, with a wealth resources about and for women in technology – inspirational stories, links to find coaches and mentors, videos and other informational posts.
The site was started by the high spirited and wickedly smart Lynette Young , just kind of on the “spark of an idea” when she started making a circle of women on the site during it’s very early testing stages. She makes it very clear both on the site and when you talk to her, as I had the pleasure of doing during Blogworld 2011, that Women of G+ is not about Women vs. Men. It is about ideas, solid friendships, and a community of women that encourage each other. Women who come together to cheer on each other’s collective efforts and contributions.
Just in case the guys out there think there is nothing for them on the site, trust me, there is. Not only can you read about some pretty amazing minds at work, there are also tutorials. While they haven’t been updated recently, they still have great information, especially for anyone who has been hesitant to take on Google+.
Whenever I hear someone saying that Google+ is a failure, I think about the many great connections I have made with people in my fields of interest, connections that I never would have made on Facebook. Maybe it is time for a thought shift, instead of thinking of Google+ as an attempt to replace Facebook, think of it as a completely different kind of social media. (Well, really it is.)
Facebook is where you talk to friends and family you already have and know. Google+ is a place to expand your circles and find people you want to know.
Such as the Women of Google+.