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Have you heard about this latest Social Networking tool?  I hadn't either until this week and if you'd asked me last week I would've said there was no way I was going to be able to keep up with yet another thing to check or talk through.  I mean, come on!

Well, a talented handmade group, (UWIB) of which I am a member, coaxed us in and I'm really liking it.  To me it looks a lot like... well, Facebook, but with a much cleaner look and a much improved ability to organize your contacts into circles.  This is a phrase you're going to hear more and more of.  (Etsy introduced the circle concept last year on their site, but it really is not so great if you can't create subsets within.)Think set theory where sets of acquaintances are represented as circles.  I currently have Friends, Family, Handmade and some specific business groups set up.  However, I see having a client set and support group (exercise, spiritual, etc.) set in the future perhaps.  Some may even intersect which is true in real life, right?  You can then post items to only certain circles for privacy and relevant audience reasons.  There are a lot of other things it can and perhaps will do in the future.  Here's hoping Google sticks with it as it's gaining a lot of buzz.  Here's also hoping they don't introduce annoying bugs as they bring up new versions!  For more info on Google+, Wired has come up with a Everything You Need to Know article.

Additional advantages I see are time savers:  less email, lose Facebook personal*, perhaps lose 140 character Twitter!Want to add me to your Google+ circle(s)?  Janet Bocciardi  or my business page Honey from the Bee.  Below is a cheat sheet... and you can find it in other languages, too.

Comments

This looks neat. I just

This looks neat. I just looked into it and I guess Google is at capacity during this trial period but soon I should be able to join! Thank you for sharing. ~Val

This is the best rundown I

This is the best rundown I have read about it yet, nice job. I haven't been invited but if it's at capacity I can wait. I too promised myself I wasn't going to join another thing but then again I'm so weak.

Sounds extremely ambitious of

Sounds extremely ambitious of you! I think I'll skip this one though~ socal media overload (not that my tolerance was very high to begin with...;) I've already dumped my personal page on FB and can barely make myself tweet, once, on a daily basis... so I haven't! ;) I'll stick with blogging, it's where my passion lies anyway! Thanks for all the great info though, let me know how it works out for you! :)

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