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i have posted this in the Forum but I wanted to reach a bigger audience.

Anyone using Google+?  It seems like a great medium for sharing ideas and projects.

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orksecurity

Best Answer 7 years ago

Why do you need to reach a bigger audience? (And if the forums aren't answering, why do you expect to find much more response here?)

It's Yet Another Social Networking Site. Until and unless someone is posting something on it that I really want to see, or I have something that would best be published that way (unlikely), it isn't worth my effort to even check it out.

If you think it might be particularly useful, go ahead and do a serious test and report back to us, with an emphasis on what it can do that the many alternatives can't, and enumerating its weaknesses as well as its strengths.

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rickharris

7 years ago

I think - perhaps wrongly - that more people are likely to see something posted as a question than in a myriad of forum topics.

Just interested as Google+ seems to have some interesting aspects such as multi video conference facilities - great way to collaborate with a wide spread group.

Not really interested in the social networking aspect personally. I don't have/need that many "friends"! :-)

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orksecurityrickharris

Answer 7 years ago

I guess my reaction is that you need to already have a small group collaborating before adding videoconference and similar tools will be particularly useful. But I could be wrong; I'm slightly surprised that Instructables has fared as well as it has.

As I said in another topic, there are two approaches to new tools: buy them early, play with them, and risk discovering that they aren't useful, or wait until you're doing something that needs them and buy then. Even if the "purchase" here is just an investment of time and attention rather than money, that tradeoff still exists. I'm inclined to wait.

So, if you want to lead the way, go for it -- get something started and publicize it and see what happens. Who knows; it *might* be the Next Big Thing for the maker community. And if it is, the question won't be "who is using G+ now" but "who would be willing to use G+ in order to participate".

Frankly, that's what it'll take to get me to spend any time on G+ -- A friend posting something interesting that I particularly want to follow and can't get to anywhere else.

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rickharrisorksecurity

Answer 7 years ago

Needs more research to see what it offers - Watch this space, perhaps!

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orksecurityrickharris

Answer 7 years ago

(BTW, apologies for being grumpy -- I've just been getting a bit tired of the hype for G+ appearing everywhere I look.)

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rickharris

7 years ago

No one or are you all afraid to admit it? :-)