On Twitter and Google+ I follow and am followed by people from different communities. There are personal friends, people from my workplace, people from my field of work, and others. When I engage in conversations on Twitter those conversations tend to stay within a particular community of users because the tweets are not visible to others. Google+ is different…

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Google+ is a very new service. It isn’t generally released yet – Google are calling it “early alpha”. It isn’t surprising that there is functionality missing, and that some aspects of the service are a bit rough around the edges. So, as a follow-on to my first thoughts post, and not intended as criticism in any way, here are just a few things that I think need to come at some point. They are in no particular order…

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I know, blogging about Google+ is passé already. I should have done it last week. And anyway, all the clever people have done it already, so what’s the point? Well, thus blog is as much about me thinking out loud as anything else, so, after using Google+ for less that a week, here are some thoughts…

Google+ is Google’s latest attempt at being social, previous attempts being Google Wave and Google Buzz. Wave got a lot of hype for a while, but then everyone lost interest. The technology was amazing, but it was too different and nobody understood what to do with it. Buzz was closer to the mainstream social applications – Twitter and Facebook – but I never really found it engaging enough. Is Google+ any better?

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