Google+ and #ukhousing – is 2014 the year?
I’ve been in Google+ for some 8 months now. My initial interest for the social media platform fairly quickly gave way to a general lack of understanding and then to only intermittently checking and posting the odd thing here and there.
So for 2014 I’ve decided I’d like to give it another go. The bottom line for me is that I need to use it more often and become much more interactive with other users. This has hit home to me again when looking through the number of registered users on Google+ compared to another platform like say Twitter. I think it’s fair to say that the number of Housing people on Twitter has fairly skyrocketed in the past 12 months and I’d guess this trend will continue, but what about Google+? The #ukhousing presence on Google+ is just a little bit sparse by comparison!!
A recent stat I read said that Google+ had the 2nd most active users for 2013 for all social media platforms. It only ranked behind Facebook. This got me thinking. Looking through #ukhousing, it does seem we are behind the trend on this platform. Sure, some organisation’s and individuals are using it, but it’s hardly caught on and Google+ is not yet the place to be.
When I first jointed Google+ it felt very similar to when I first joined LinkedIn. Back when LinkedIn first began in 2003 I joined in that same year (thanks to my tech loving cousin in Australia). Searching through LinkedIn back in 2003 I was struggling to find anyone I knew. It just hadn’t really reached the UK at that time so most of the registered users were still in the US. Of course, now, LinkedIn is truly global, but when I look at Google+ it has a very similar feel, like its not quite caught the UK’s imagination………yet.
Google+ has a lot more useability than Twitter. There isn’t the 140 character limit for one thing. You can also be as open (or not) as you choose to be with your circles and your posts. I won’t try and give any pointers on using Google+, but I’ve found a great introduction to Google+ here which explains it better than I ever could.
So, come on #ukhousing. Maybe it’s time we all signed up to Google+ and got on the bandwagon?