Sunday, April 28, 2013

Google Plus and Blogger

It's been a while since my last post here and I wanted to share what is going on.

The primary reason for fewer posts is that I've been experimenting with Google Plus and posting most of the links I find interesting over there.

Blogger and Google Plus belong to the same company, so obviously I'm not mitigating any risks of having any service shut down by posting mostly to Google Plus. But the lines between blog posts and Google Plus posts are definitely blurring, especially with Google Plus comments enabled for Blogger now. Pretty much anyone can see my public posts on Google Plus, in the same way as on Blogger, and only logged in people can post comments (just like here as well).

The nice thing about Google Plus is that it is very convenient, very well integrated with other apps on my Android device, so it makes the process very simple - especially if I just want to share links and make short comments, which is typically what I do.

I believe Google Plus could evolve into a platform that allows longer posts, with better formatting capabilities, and it could simply start eating into the Blogger space as well, as the sweep spot of posting longer texts.

The concern I'd have about using Google Plus is the mix of anything very personal with more technical posts that I want to share with the world. I do that by limiting the audience when the posts are more personal, but in the future Google Plus could allow multiple "channels" for one's posts.

Finally, I trust that Google will honor their takeout policy and, should anything happen with any of these platforms, they will allow users to download their posts and material.

Comments are welcome - I'd love to hear more about your experience and view of Google Plus.

This is my Google Plus profile if you want to follow or friend me: