Google+, Day 29: Five Things I Like Most About Google+

30 Days With Google+: Day 29

I devoted yesterday to whining about the five things that bug me the most about Google+. Today, I take a look at the other side of the coin with the five things I like most about Google+ after going through the 30 Days With Google+ experience.

1. No limit. I'll admit I can get a bit wordy at times (settle down--that's enough out of you), but it is very annoying to type out a status update and have it rejected because it exceeds some arbitrary character limit.

I like that Google+ doesn't limit my posts and lets me edit them after the fact.
Twitter is Twitter, and its 140-character limit is one of its defining characteristics. I get it. But, on Facebook the status update character limit was 420, and was just recently bumped up to 500. The new limit is much better than the old one--I find that most of my status updates can fit in 500 characters. But, 500 is still arbitrary, and I still exceed it.

I love that on Google+ I can type indefinitely if I choose and there is no limit to the length of my posts. In fact, I see a number of people who have Tumblr blogs and then post links from Google+, and I wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to drop Tumblr and just use Google+ as the blogging platform in the first place.

2. Edit Posts. Another nice thing about Google+ is that I can edit my posts. Even after I have finished my thought and posted it, I often discover typos or error in grammar that I'd like to correct, or I may have another thought that I would like to add. It is nice that Google+ lets me simply click on the little drop-down arrow at the upper right of the post and click "Edit this post" to make changes.

With Facebook, there is about a 15-second (maybe shorter) "oh shit!" window where I can delete a post or comment after I enter it and Facebook will recognize that I want to take back what I said and will allow me to edit it. After that window is up, though, I have to delete the post and start over.

On a semi-related editing note, I can also hit enter to insert carriage returns and create paragraphs in Google+ rather than having to hit Shift-Enter or end up accidentally posting prematurely.

3. Following. I like being able to follow the streams of others who may not necessarily be part of my social network, and the fact that others who are not in my social network can follow me. It is a great way to stay informed and learn interesting new things--many of which I, in turn, share with those who are following me.

Of course, it only has value if the person actually posts things to Public. Mark Zuckerberg may be posting 100 times a day, but he has yet to share anything with Public, so as far as I can tell he just doesn't use Google+. There seems to be little value in following Mark Zuckerberg, yet I--and nearly 500,000 others on Google+--continue to follow and hold out hope that we will one day grace us with some wit and wisdom.

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