Nonprofits and Social Media: Decoding the Google+ buzz

Written by: Melissa Noyes, MSW

My Google Reader feed seems to be blowing up with blogs reviewing the latest social media outlet, Google+.  As of now, it’s not available to the public, but many social media power players have been invited to use the interface.  This is leading to a lot of buzz and many,  many blogs reviewing the platform.  I wanted to make sure we provided our readers with some good blogs about Google+ so that you can learn a little more about it and be ready for it when it’s released to the public.

Here are some links to reviews:

Idealware (includes links to blogs by Beth Kanter and Amy Sample Ward): http://www.idealware.org/blog/google-future-networking-social-and-otherwise

Jay Dolan: http://theantisocialmedia.com/anti-social-media/social-network-reviews/

Overall, the reviews seem pretty positive and it seems that Google+ may be the next significant step in the ever-evolving world of social media.  As of now, the platform is designed for individuals so the jury is still out as far as how effective it will be for organizations and businesses.  However, I think the important thing to take away from all the buzz is that we can never view social media as stagnant.  As long as social media exists, it is necessary that we are able to evolve and change in order to stay current.  

Kristin and I were talking yesterday about how Facebook seems to less “busy” lately, so maybe something like Google+ will refresh the social media world.  Or maybe it won’t.  That remains to be seen.  I would encourage everyone to try Google+ when it’s available to the public so we can all form our own opinions.

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About catalystxchange

Catalyst X-Change, Inc. is a 501c3 serving the greater Indianapolis area. Catalyst was founded by two Millennials (Kristin Clements-Effner and Melissa Noyes) with a passion and a vision for world change. We believe that significant and positive change can happen when individuals come together and match their passions with tangible actions. Our mission is to advance community through meaningful action.
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