I mostly work all the time and I find it difficult to get real work done and be self promotional all the time. I did break down and get some business cards recently, but I feel tired every time I think about going on Linkedin.com and updating my profile. I guess I am in profile overload. I have a Google profile, a FamilySearch Research Wiki profile, a FamilySearch Forums profile, a 360Cities.net profile, a Linkedin.com profile and on and on and on. I did a Google search on myself and found 40,200 returns. I guess you might say I am pretty much saturated online. By the way, there is even an obituary for James L. Tanner of Mesa, Arizona online. The last time I checked this was not me. So why do I need yet another way to get junk email?
I think I was one of the very early online people. One time we had to dump an email account because I was getting literally hundreds of spam emails a day and that was back when we did not have adequate filters. Well, in the spirit of jumping into practically every new technology available, I got an invitation from one of my sons to join Google+. I would guess, since he lives on the computer, that he was on Google+ almost as soon as it was possible to do so. It was interesting to see that Google+ immediately suggested over 300 contacts. Within minutes I was connected to more people than I have had on my Facebook account after five months. In two days I already had almost as many Google+ contacts as I had on Facebook. What I liked about Google+ was not only how easy it was to add people, but how much easier it was to categorize them into "Circles."
I noticed that I added a couple of genealogy people to my genealogy Circle while I was typing this post. Here is my current assessment:
- Easy to add specialized circles of contacts
- Cheerful interface
- Not yet loaded down with advertisements
- Allows up to ten people to video conference (I will definitely use this with my family)
- Seems more focused on real interests
- Ads haven't appeared yet
- Stream of consciousness stuff is still the same
- I can't seem to find out how to do some things like link to my posts and etc.