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Google+ and Writers

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on July 21, 2011 8:08 pm

Writers and software developers have a lot in common. One of these days I’m going to write a big ol’ blog post on that. I’m sure, though, that many writers don’t consider themselves to have the same geeky creds as a computer guy. Pocket protectors and all that. But what do computer guys like? Shiny things, of course! Enter Google+.

IT folks are flocking to Google+ in large numbers. We simply can’t resist new toys from Google. The Google Plus Directory tracks details about Google+ membership and, looking at the table below, you’ll see that computer guys dominate the top categories.

Engineer 77,923
Developer 45,136
Designer 36,298
Software Engineer 31,655
Web Developer 14,185
Writer 13,354
Software Developer 12,907
Programmer 12,511
Photographer 11,700
Teacher 10,235

But wait, what group is that nestled among the IT categories? Why, it’s writers!

My guess is that writers are there in high numbers for several reasons, the most predominant of which is that Google+ presents another platform for writers to amass a following and spread the word.

I just started looking into Google+ and the main thing I like about it is the follower segmentation possibilities. You can group your peeps into social circles such as friends, family, coworkers, or whatever label you care to apply. Perhaps the biggest thing I like about it is that Google+ seems to combine Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn into one interface. One stop shopping. Finally, I think the Hangouts feature has a lot of potential.

I’m not going to go into the details on Google+ because there are tons of articles that would do it more justice. I’m just getting started, after all. However, I did want to point out some obvious advantages to writers:

  • Segmentation
  • Promotion
  • Ease of use
  • Crit groups
  • Writing groups
  • Readings

The last three items take advantage of the nifty Hangouts feature.

It’s still early times, of course, but Google+ seems to have considerable potential for writers.

What do you think? Have you tried Google+ yet? What new possibilities do you think it makes available to writers?

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