East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Back on G+


… and so this friend of mine comes and tells me, man, you’re not on Google+, your ebook sales will never grow.

what-the-plus-01To which I reply that actually, well, yes, I am on Google+ but, I sort of forget about checking my home page.

To be fully honest – last winter I read What the Plus!, by Guy Kawasaki, and as it usually happens with Guy Kawasaki’s books, I was blown away.
Yes, ok, so it’s maybe a little bit over-enthusiastic about this G+ thingie, but what the hell, it’s still an excellent user’s guide, fun to read, well designed and planned, really a smash.
Then I went to G+ and found out the interface no longer was as described in the book.
The book was written in 2012.
Looks like they changed the thing as soon as the book was out.
That was a big let down – you know how it feels when you’re all revved up and ready to go and all of a sudden it turns out the party is not that funny after all?
Yep… that sort of let down.

But anyway, I spent one afternoon toying with G+ and looking for new sources of information.
To me, G+ is still pretty unfriendly.
I’d love a stand-alone client, or something helping me manage my flow of information – both incoming and outbound – but nothing exists at the moment.
Hootsuite – which is sort of the standard application for managing social profiles and assorted network in a single place – can’t handle G+ profiles, so unless you’re a biz with a page, you can’t use it.
Then there’s the handy wordpress thingie that reposts my posts from my blogs out to the universe… and which does not work with G+.

And now I understand the rationale – G+ wants human-curated content, to avoid robot-managed spam.
And yet, I have to make two observations.
observation the first – having gone to the length of being an authenticated content author on Google, it would be nice should this grant me a modicum of privileges on G+
observation the second – I’m getting an awful amount of spam (as in: skin care advertisement) through legit, human curators.

Something is not working.

Anyway – I’m back on G+, and I’ll be paying it more attention.
Not that G+ is making paying attention to itself any easier for me.

As a first step, I’ll share this post on G+.
It sort of feels right, starting my new life on G+ by whining about it.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

5 thoughts on “Back on G+

  1. I have to look it up closely and retrace my steps, but it seems to me that my “handy wordpress thingie that reposts my posts” works pretty smoothly, as I didn’t access my G+ account in ages but now I find all my recent (or not so recent) posts lined up and published. 🙂
    Let’s see what I can come up with…


    • Mine are published too… but they appear to be shared only with me, which is pretty useless as I normally know what I have just published myself.
      I’ll have to see if it’s some deep-rooted setting in WP or some hidden preference setting in G+ making it so, but as things stand, the only way for me is to share my posts manually.


  2. But maybe – just maybe – we found a solution… in which case, we’ll post about it presently.


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