Digital Discipleship: Transforming Ministry Through Technology

More about “Google+”

I was amazed to find several presentations about Google+ on Slideshare!  Even without sound, they offer more information about – what is Google+? how does it compare with Facebook? and more.  If you are interested in learning more about Google+, check out the following presentations.

Outside of SlideShare, here is additional information:

The Google+ Cheat Sheet

5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+

Google+ Grows Quickly: This Week In Social Media

25 Google+ Resources

I’m signed up, and what I already like about Google+, now I have my Gmail, Google Docs, and more all in ONE easy access place. I love this feature!

Recently, Mike Elgan shared this post:

Here’s what I love about Google+ in general and the Google+ Diet in particular:

Instead of saying, “I’m going to write a blog post now,” or “I’m going to send an e-mail” or “I think I’ll tweet something” you simply say what you have to say, then decide who you’re going to say it to.

If you address it to “Public,” it’s a blog post.

If you address it to “Your Circles” it’s a tweet.

If you address it to your “My Customers” Circle it’s a business newsletter.

If you address it to a single person, it can be a letter to your mother.

I’d say this is pretty revolutionary

Yes – I would agree, Revolutionary!

If you are exploring Google Plus, come share your reflections with us!

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

Comments on: "More about “Google+”" (8)

  1. You may also want to check out today’s live streaming event on Google+ for nonprofits and social change, from 6-9 pm Eastern at

  2. I dunno; I’m enjoying Google+ a lot — it’s quickly become the first social network I log on to every day. But I’m withholding judgement until a) it goes public (people seem to be forgetting that it’s still in invite-only beta) and b) they roll our the service for businesses and other organizations. If the organizational pages feature isn’t as robust as Facebook’s, I don’t see the Google+ being nearly as useful for parishes or dioceses. (Even if it is immensely useful personally.)

  3. I’ve been on Google+ for about 3 weeks now and I love it! Since it is still in Beta testing, Google keeps making adjustments to the interface… and it seems to be improving, but there is something exciting about being the pioneers in the wagon train getting the place ready for the rest of the settlers!

    I am using Chrome – and yes, integration with my Gmail, calendar the ability to add extensions to customize various features is great. There are still a few minor issues with display, but these are improving.

    The ability to customize whose posts you see and which of your posts others see is the best feature of G+ and will be the most useful for people in ministry. You can set up any kind of class group or ministry group and target your posts to them. I have a “Catholic friends” group for my Catholic posts, and an “All Friends” for posts I want to send to everyone in my circles but not make totally public. I also have Family, Sci-Fi Fanatics and a couple other specialized groups. Parish leaders could conceivably target posts to parents of kids in sacramental preparation, people in certain ministry groups, etc.

    The “Hang Out” feature is also cool… a bit like a group Skype… you schedule and announce it, go in, and people add themselves to the group discussion. Great for remote meetings!

    Right now, Google+ is only for people who want to tinker around and discover things and who are willing to work a little to customize their experience. That means for now, at least, the quality of interaction is very high, because most people there are serious about it, and probably a little more adventurous than the more general audience on Facebook. The quality of posts, in general, is very high, as is the discussion.

    I have to admit I am enjoying the G+ experience. Through it, I have made a bunch of new Catholic friends, am following a group of Google employees, and also discovered the work of a group of great artists and HDR photographers, who are sharing their work, how they do it, along with instructional hangouts and videos. It IS a bit of an adventure, but soon it will be open to everyone… and what we are doing now is paving the way for others to join us there.

    • Joyce, Thank you for your “insightful” comment! I’m with you when you say “The ability to customize whose posts you see and which of your posts others see is the best feature of G+ and will be the most useful for people in ministry. “

  4. Paul, thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I missed it as I’m just checking messages after a busy late afternoon and early evening. Would love to hear more about it.

  5. Jonathan, I’m curious like yourself – what will happen when it goes public?

  6. Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski said:

    I guess I am slowly moving into this direction. I have been trying to study it closely amidst a lot of other new digital learnings in my life. I am eager to read what others have to say, as well.

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