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Are People Loving Google+ or Hating It?

Quick – who am I describing with these sentiments: great, awesome, interesting, cool, better than Facebook, annoying, boring, stupid…

You got it (and of course the title of the post probbbbably gave it away) – Google Plus (aka Google+ aka Google plus 1 aka the Facebook Killer aka that new Google social thing).

Those terms are just some of the emotions that people have around the product. In a nutshell, people are amped about Google+, as you can see from this sentiment chart that shows positive and negative sentiment for Google Plus over the past few weeks.

But 35% of people talking online about Google+ are doing it on Twitter, followed by 24% on blogs and 16% on social networks, so I have to wonder how many of us talking about it are talking about it because we’re /*nerds*/ and #social #media #marketers who can’t help but squeal like schoolgirls about good ol’, sock-em-in-the-eye-with-the-next-big-thing Silicon Valley rivalry in the hottest online movement since the indoctrination of Web 2.0.

I also can’t help but wonder if we GeekTechMarketerNerds are skewing the sentiment, since people I’ve talked to in the real world (like, not through a computer) have often said “yeah it’s cool but now what do I do?”

So what’s really behind all of this positive sentiment? Let’s look under the hood. Of 5,332 sound bites (aka mentions) expressing positive emotions for Google+, 21% like it and 16% love it. On the negative side, 34% hate it and 19% don’t like it (that’s from a smaller segment of 736 sound bites).

Positive emotions around Google Plus

People who expressed positive emotions other than “love” or “awesome” seem to like it rather lackadaisically with somewhat weak emotions like “interesting”, “enjoy”, and “cool”. The smaller group of people who expressed negative emotions seem to be a bit more ferocious with “hate”, “f*ck”, “annoying”, “boring”, “evil” and “stupid”.

Negative emotions around Google+

We can also look at the intended behaviors people have expressed around Google Plus. With Google’s need-to-know-someone-in-the-in-crowd invitation-only launch it’s only natural that 17% of the positive behaviors were made up of “need” and “want”.

Positive intended behaviors around Google Plus

People want Google Plus

Most people are talking about using it, and more people are talking about trying it than switching to it.

Negative behaviors are even more interesting: 21% don’t get it, won’t get it or can’t get it, 5% think it’s a waste, 8% don’t want or need it, and 2% don’t trust it. Ouch. But again, the negative sentiments overall were on a much smaller scale, so there are fewer of these than positives.

Negative intended behaviors for Google+

People don't get, can't get, or refuse to get Google Plus

Lastly, inquiring minds want to know… Is Google+ a Facebook killer? Well, here’s what the data tells us: 13% of the positive “likes” about the product are people saying they think it’s better than Facebook, 13% think Google+ makes it easier, and 9% think Google can do more things better than other competitive products. A sign of what’s in store or just the sentiment of a bunch of us over-excited geeks? Tough to say.

What people like about Google Plus

What does Google still have to work on? An easy way to get an RSS feed seems to be top-of-mind, followed by other technical limitations, their terms of service, and maybe just being a little less scary to some people. Oh, and is it too late to do something about that name…(and their use-your-real-name profile policy)?

What people don't like about Google+

Google+ dislike: no rss

Google+ dislike: terms of service

Google Plus dislike: technical limitations

Google Plus dislike: trouble figuring it out

Google+ dislike: the name

Next reports to run…Google Panda?

 

 

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Unofficial Google+’s Recommended Users

Unofficial Google+'s Recommended Users by Alireza Yavari

Struggling to find interesting people to add to your Google+ Circles? Looking for a recommended list of featured users? Or perhaps foodies, podcasters, women in tech or photographers?

You can find all of those Google+ users and more on the unofficial Google+ recommended users website by Alireza Yavari.

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How to track your Google+ statistics

How to track your Google+ statistics

If you’re wondering how to monitor and track your Google+ statistics with a service from the guy that created Twitter Counter read on…

Social Statistics gives you an option to track your Google+ statistics by simply supplying it with you Google+ profile ID. This is how Social Statistics describe their service:

Google+ Statistics currently tracks and generates detailed statistics for 39,390 users and pulls in hundreds of the most popular posts, every second of the day, from Google+. Add yourself (see sidebar) so we can start tracking your personal Google+ statistics too. You will be able to see how many people added you to their circles, how you grow over time and where you rank in the list of popular Google+ users.

Although still in beta, this tool might be beneficial to you if you want to track your Google+ profile stats. Google+ Statistics is made by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter and The Next Web.

How to track your Google+ Statistics in x easy steps

1. Go to the Social Statistics website.

2. To track your Google+ statistics, you can either sign in with your Google account profile or by inputting your Google+ profile ID.

Sign in with your Google account or add your Google+ profile ID

3. Click the “Add me” button.

Click the "Add me" button to start tracking your Google+ statistics

4. Once you’ve click the “Add me” button, you’ll get a confirmation that you’ve been successfully added. If you’d like to check the historical statistics for your profile, click on the “historical statistics” link (underlined in the image below).

Success! Social Statistics is now tracking your Google+ statistics

5. Your Google+ statistics profile dashboard will display metrics like your follower graph, rank and followers/following ratio.

Dashboard with more details of your Google+ statistics

6. The profile dashboard also provides you with code which you can use on your website or blog to display your Google+ Statistics.

Google+ statistics widget code

At the time of writing this, the Google+ statistics service had 39,382 Google+ profiles being tracked. I have no doubt that we’ll be seeing this number sky-rocketing when Google+ users realise that they can do this.

Start tracking your Google+ statistics today.

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I’m on G+ – Hanson Dodge Creative

The Social Media + PR team at Hanson Dodge Creative (HDC) has been testing Google Plus (Google+) a lot. So we decided to write this remix of a rap song as our submission for what we think should be the theme song for the new social media platform. Enjoy. P.S. You get that this is a joke right?

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Looking for a Google+ invite?

Looking for a Google+ invite?

If you are looking for a Google+ invite, we’ve got a few Google+ invites spare that we’d be glad to share.

Just drop us a mail (please include a valid email address) using our contact form stating that you’re looking for a Google+ invite and we’ll send an invite request ASAP – we’ll even drop you a mail when we’ve sent it out ;-)

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