you are sitting, waiting for a phone call from that cute boy that you’ve been eyeing. All of your friends say that he is sure to call you in the next few days, so you wait by the phone. Finally, he calls, and you want to tell the world that said cute boy has called you. You are thrilled, overjoyed! You want to spend every minute with your new boyfriend, taking them everywhere, showing him off to everyone. You do all kinds of fun things together. You are just in heaven….
You’ve been there, right?
I think we all have, waiting for that cute boy or girl to call. The funny thing is though…recently, we’re all there again. Do me a favor, look back at the story, and instead of “phone call” think “invitation” and instead of “cute boy” think “Google+.” Sound familiar? You bet it does, everyone and their brother has been dying to get their hands on a Google+ invite. Those who have gotten it, are showing them off like nobody’s business…myself included. Everyone is excited for their new toy, just like you would be for your new boyfriend.
The thing is though, we know how that story ends.
Soon enough, the newness of the relationship wears off. You begin to wonder how this new boy fits in your life, what you are going to do to keep it fresh. Some days, you are bound to get angry with the new boy, and fights will happen. We all know that once the honeymoon phase is over, the real work begins.
So what does this mean for Google+?
Yes, right now, everyone loves it. People are confused by it, sure, but most people like it once they get their feet wet. Lots of people are saying it’s better than Facebook (classic…how many times did you compare a new boyfriend to an old one?), I’ve even seen people who have walked away from Facebook altogether and are now existing on Google+ alone. The other shoe is bound to drop though. It’s not going to be sunshines and rainbows forever, right?
Or could it?
The thing is, Google+ is really cool. As a blogger, I like the functionality of it, and I love not having to deal with requests to help harvest farms, build barns, or raise cattle. Google+ is new though, and not everyone is there yet. So many people are still awaiting their invitation. When Twitter started, there was roughly 20,000 tweets per day. Now, they average 350 million tweets per day. It all starts somewhere.
Where do you stand?
I will fully admit, I am still getting used to the idea of Google+. I like it, but I need to learn a lot more about it. I found this blog post from Chris Brogan to be especially useful to start out. Are you already on Google+? If you are, be sure to click the link on the right to add me to your circles! What are your thoughts about Google+? Oh, and if you haven’t gotten and invitation yet, I have a limited amount left. If you leave your email address in the comments, I’ll see what I can do.