Using Google+ to help find a job

While LinkedIn remains the best place to go online for job hunting and leveraging connections to help get your resume in front of the right people, Google+ already has a few things in place that can help take it a bit further.

Mashable has the full article, which has some nice (though rather basic) tips.  They include:

  • Organize Contacts with Circles.  Not only is it a good way to share messages with industry contacts, but Circles are also useful to make sure that those contacts don’t see other items.
  • Host a Relevant Hangout.  This can take some work to set up, but can be a great way to literally get in front of someone and show how you can bring value to their company.
  • Use Sparks to share your expertise.  One great way to use social networks when job hunting, particularly Twitter, is to show that you are staying current with your area of relevance.  Using Sparks and sharing articles from time to time can help with that.
Do you have any tips to take it further?

Google+ could be everything you need

Mike Elgan has recently been on the “Google+ Diet” — an experiment to give up all other social media to try to focus on Google+.  It certainly has its ups and and downs, but it’s been neat to watch.

Today he posted something that made a lot of people take notice:

Here’s what I love about Google+ in general and the Google+ Diet in particular:

Instead of saying, “I’m going to write a blog post now,” or “I’m going to send an e-mail” or “I think I’ll tweet something” you simply say what you have to say, then decide who you’re going to say it to.

If you address it to “Public,” it’s a blog post.

If you address it to “Your Circles” it’s a tweet.

If you address it to your “My Customers” Circle it’s a business newsletter.

If you address it to a single person, it can be a letter to your mother.

I’d say this is pretty revolutionary.

That post has been shared more than 1000 times on Google+, as a lot of people can see the potential.  It obviously isn’t there yet, but this post really opened some people’s eyes to the potential of it.

What do you think?  Does it have a chance to one day replace many different systems?

Some colleges will be using Google+ this fall

Wow, that was fast!  According to a story on GOOD, some universities will be using Google+ in the classroom starting this fall.

Stanford’s B.J. Fogg, director of the university’s Persuasive Technology Lab, says he’ll be using Google+ to foster collaboration on research projects. “Probably every project in my lab will have its own circle,” he said. Likewise, Lehigh University journalism professor Jeremy Littau wrote on his blog that he plans to require every student to sign up for Google+. “I’m already planning on holding Hangout office hours this fall for students, where they can get on and ask questions about class material,” he says. I can certainly imagine this kind of innovation happening at the K-12 level as well.

I expected we’d see this kind of use of Google+ eventually, but not that quickly.  Hangouts in particular could be very valuable in educational settings (study groups, etc).

Do you think Google+ will become more common in classrooms over the next few years?

(via Eric Spring)

Using Google+ as your primary blog

While it may be a bit premature, especially considering a lot of people can’t even get on to it yet, Digg founder Kevin Rose has moved his main blog over to Google+.  Specifically, if you visit KevinRose.com, it redirects you to his Google+ page.  Quite a bold move.

His reasoning is quite simple:

G+ gives me more (real-time) feedback and engagement than my blog ever did.

His only compliant thus far is that he wishes that there was at least one level of nested comments, and I agree with that.  With his posts getting hundreds of comments each, the threads are a bit chaotic.  Some comment nesting would help to keep the conversation more organized and flowing better.

As Paul Allen asks, do you think Kevin is starting a trend with this?  Throughout the year, do you expect more users to turn Google+ into their new blog home?

Google+ for the average Facebook user

(This has been republished from this post, with permission from Ahmed Zeeshan)

I’ve been on g+ for almost a week now and that has given me enough time to get used to the interface, appeal and application of the next big player in the social media industry.

So far there have been many reviews across the internet covering one, two or all three of these aspects. However, I’ve noticed that none of these reviews come from the perspective of an average facebook user. All the reviewers so far are understandably the big and influential players in today’s social media i.e. they all enjoy a mass following on other social networks by similar social media enthusiasts.

I met quite a few of my friends over the last week and in pretty much every conversation I’ve brought up Google+. Interestingly enough, only about 10% of them knew about g+ to begin with. When I asked the ones that didn’t know as to why that was so, they said it was simply “because they didn’t hear about it over facebook!”
This shows that the bulk of the internet community is not made up of people that are on google+ today with 5k+ followers, rather it’s composed of people that:

  • have about 300-500 facebook friends
  • do not add unknowns to their friends list
  • do not live on the internet
  • like to use their facebook account for only staying in touch and sharing media within their small group of friends
  • do not like to blog or share pictures publicly
  • do not display info on their profile publicly
  • if they follow some celebrity on twitter or facebook, it is only because it is cool and everyone else did it
  • are very reluctant to switch from facebook because it satisfies their basic social networking needs
  • are very reluctant to even create a second facebook profile if the need arises (because building a new social profile, finding and adding friends is pretty much the equivalent of moving from one city to another IRL)
  • have friends that think along the same lines as above

Most of the above is true of me and my facebook friends. +Robert Scoble highlighted this problem in his blogs on why “Your Father, Wife and Mom won’t join Google+” but he couldn’t present a solution for it either because he doesn’t use social networks as an average facebook user.

So why am I here on google+ actively using it for the last few days and what do I think of it? In writing this article, I would like to present the much needed perspective of an average facebook user (AFU) on google+. This will hopefully make it easier for the readers to convince their average facebook friends to join google+.

To begin, I think it is important to realize that any social network needs to be analyzed in terms of all three aspects suggested above: interface, appeal, and application.

Appeal

When you’ll ask your AFU to join google+, immediately they’ll respond with a “Why?”. It is a very valid question. What does Google+ have that’ll appeal to the AFU and ultimately convince them to join?

  • The first thing that caught my attention is the brand name. If there is one thing 750 million facebook users use other than facebook, it’s Google! Google was a part of the AFU’s e-life even before facebook came into existence. So if your AFU friends say why?, tell them because it’s Google!
  • G+ takes the best features of facebook and twitter, combines them, and then adds more features on top. So the AFUs can have their private social profiles just like on facebook where they can share pictures, videos, plans with their real life friends. At the same time they can see what their favorite celebrities are up to without their private life ever being exposed to them… just like twitter. And to add the cherry on top, they even get to do free 10 way video calls from within the browser (which in my opinion work much better than Skype group conferences).
  • Finally the chance to have everything in ONE place. The AFU hates having to manage too many accounts or too many smartphone apps. G+ offers the AFU the ability to control their e-life all from one black toolbar… mail, social profile, calendar, contacts, sharing, documents, photos, search, maps, youtube, translate, etc.
  • If the AFU has an Android, then they get the best social app (in my opinion). Everything that you need on the go is in that app. Besides the standard G+ features, it has Huddle which is better than texting, and it has Instant Upload which makes sharing pictures/videos as easy as taking them!
  • The data on google+ will belong to the AFU. With Google Takeout, the AFU can download all of their data whenever they want.
  • The AFUs love pictures and like sharing them with their friends. But the AFUs are not happy with the tiny resolution offered to them on facebook that compresses their party/vacation pictures and make them look awful. On google+ the AFU gets unlimited storage on PicasaWeb and can upload and see pictures in a much higher resolution! You can also edit pictures within your album and give them fancy effects to make them look great.

Interface

AFUs like simple, clean and gorgeous UIs. AFUs hate adverts. AFUs like fast websites. That is exactly what the Google+ interface gives them. When I logged in to Google+ the first time, I was stunned by the beauty of the UI.

  • Everything is crisp and well laid out.
  • The stream updates in real time.
  • You can drag and drop pictures from your desktop into the share box to publish them.
  • Profile and privacy editing can be done right from the profile page (which as the AFU knows is not the case with facebook.)
  • The profile does not look like it contains too much information and is hence easily readable.
  • The AFU can look through someone’s profile pictures without having to open the album.
  • Adding/editing/deleting your friends or circles is incredibly simple compared to facebook.
  • The Photos page is simply gorgeous with much better and larger preview thumbnails.
  • Managing your circles is not only easy and smooth, but also fun!
  • The text can be made bold or italic.
  • There are no adverts!

Application

The AFU’s needs from the internet are:

  • Stay in touch with friends
  • Communicate and share online differently with different friends depending on the real-life relationships
  • Stay up to date with interests like movies
  • Know what the favorite celebrities are up to
  • Chatting
  • Do all of the above from a mobile phone using one app only
  • Share ideas, links, pictures, videos
  • Checking in from a location or finding out what nearby friends are up to

Google+ offers all that and raises the bar by including two more killer features to redefine the application of a social network for an AFU: Hangouts and Huddles – communicating with a bunch of friends at the same time using the same snappy and crisp interface!

So, fellow +ers feel free to share and highlight these aspects of Google+ for your AFU friends. These are the things they need to hear to join this network.

Chris Brogan’s “Google+ 50″

Chris Brogan has been using Google+ quite heavily over the last few days, and seems to be liking it quite well.  Based on his experiences, he wrote up a list of 50 various observations on the project.

He has some simple observations, like “The live video chat feature is a powerful addition to collaboration and workshifting scenarios.” as well as some thoughts on what it could become, like “G+ could enable some really interesting multi-format publishing if you turn it around: mix audio, video, photo, text, link, and location data into a “package” or a “project,” and you’ve got a powerful digital publishing platform.“.

It’s an interesting read, and worth your time to skim his list as you might pick up a nice tidbit.

Is Google+ a great tool for schools?

ReadWriteWeb has an interesting post today that asks if this is the social tool that schools have been waiting for. While there are certainly some reasons why it might not work, there are also some strong reasons why it might.

Their argument, in a nutshell:

Pros

  • Privacy
  • Hangouts

Cons

  • Limited Field Trial
  • Lack of Google Apps Integration
  • Web Filtering

The first two cons will go away soon, and the third can be dealt with per-school.  The only problem there is if a forward-thinking teacher wants to implement it and is unable to due to school policy.   Still, the excellent privacy tools built in to G+ should be a bit benefit, and Hangouts could be awesome for study groups and things like that.  Of course, they may work great for study groups on their own anyhow, even if schools aren’t directly involved.

Check out their full write-up and let us know what you think!