A Tale of Two Kingdoms (or: Why Content Creators Shouldn’t Ignore Google Plus)

a view from the ground by darwin Bell, on Flickr
a view from the ground by darwin Bell, on Flickr

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Just kidding!

In the competing kingdoms in the world of the internet, social media platforms are springing up like mushrooms in a dark and damp forest. Who will save ye fair maiden? Who will slay the dreaded dragon?

Seriously, the resentment toward the Biggest of the Land from its serfs is directed toward Lord Facebook. We love it for convenience (friends and family, looking at photos, secret groups, login key) but we hate its grandiosity, its advertising, and its intelligence. Like a Lord in the age of Robin Hood, we are served by the Master but we are not free.

There is another kingdom that we’ve all scoffed at and, since the wave debacle, we have lost our faith in. He is one of the most lovable and noble big brothers of them all — Google.

Wait. I may have taken this analogy too far.

But seriously, folks.

Those of us who create content (for a business or for our own pleasure) want to make sure it’s read, watched, or listened to. We also want people to find it. Being found on Google depends a lot on our social activity and, especially, Google Plus. Read more A Tale of Two Kingdoms (or: Why Content Creators Shouldn’t Ignore Google Plus)

Hotspots and Hangouts – My reflections from jumping off the ice.

Hangout On Air
Here I am waiving to the online live hangout audience.

Have you ever thought to “live broadcast” a presentation while out on the road?

During last night’s #KidneyChat, a few of us were talking about Hangouts On Air and some of the challenges on the road. At Carol Stephen’s suggestion, I am writing this post.

By the way you can watch the actual presentation on my Facebook Page.

I thought a live broadcast would be fun to try when I was invited to be one of Darrel Cole’s panelists (blog post is here) for the ACEC Annual Conference in Monterey, CA.  I wanted my boss and my mom to see it. First part of the live HOA is here:

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Look at the Plus Side: My Take on the Benefits of Google Plus

I recently purchased a Ford Fiesta that has the SYNC system. I’m not a big fan of earbuds which has relegated my iPod to a lonely drawer. But when I saw the USB port in the Fiesta, I was excited to bring my 60Gig iPod out of retirement.

Driving down the road with new wheels listening to my playlists was like reuniting with old friends fully aware that although it’s been ten years, our relationships picked right back up without any lag.

I have about ten playlists depending upon my mood. I took time to create them, put songs in there for a reason. What’s my point?

Playlists are intentional.

That’s what Google Plus is to me. It’s the iPod of the social networks. Everyone in my circles is there because I want them there. I put them in my playlist (circle) with intent. Read more Look at the Plus Side: My Take on the Benefits of Google Plus