Google+ and Freelance Writing


For the past few days, I’ve been using Google+, which (in case you haven’t been following the tech news) is Google’s much anticipated entry into social media.

I’d never call myself a social media expert, but I do use social media as a tool to help market my freelance writing business and share my Blogging efforts. So, when Google+ became available to me I decided to take a look.


This post contains my first impressions and in particular my thoughts on how freelance writers may be affected.

The Google+ Learning Curve

In my opinion, the type of learning curve writers will experience learning Google+ depends partially on whether or not they have some prior social media experience. Experienced social media users will find the basics of the tool fairly easy to pick up (although there are some features that may not be obvious at first).

In fact, if you’ve used social media before you’ll probably find yourself making a running comparison as you discover the features of Google+. I know I kept a running list in my head of similarities and differences between Google’s social media tool and other tools I’ve used.

For first time social media users who are starting on social media with Google+, the learning curve may be steeper. Of course, this steeper curve would exist for any social media tool if the user was brand new to social media, but I think it’s particularly true for the Google+ tool since many of the features are improvements to tasks most of us already perform in social media.

The New Social Media Scene

For some time, there have been three major social media tools that freelance writers had to focus on if they wanted to effectively market themselves or their freelancing business:

That’s not to say that other tools aren’t useful and shouldn’t be used. There are many other social media tools that can offer specific advantages for certain writers in certain situations. However, if a writer had a strong presence on the “Big 3″ listed above, they could almost be assured of meeting a healthy percentage of their social media marketing needs.

I can see Google+ changing this formula. For now, it’s too early to tell whether Google+ will change the “Big 3″ social media tools to the “Big 4″ or if it will take one (or more) tools out of the equation. I think writers would be well-served to learn all they can about Google+ and opt in at their earliest convenience.

Of Particular Concern for Writers

I see three other areas that may change for writers because of Google+:

Other Resources

This post is based on my preliminary opinions. I may not be a social media expert, but I can share some additional links with Google+ information from those who are. Here are some posts about Google+ that I found helpful:

Of course, new Google+ posts are popping up almost every hour. So by the time that you read this there may be even better resources online. If so, feel free to share them.

What Do You Think?

Does Google+ make a difference for freelance writers? Will you use Google+ ? Share your thoughts.

Source http://www.writingthoughts.com/?p=1402
Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:04:08 GMT
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