Monday, July 11, 2011

What is Google +1?

Have you heard? Google has a new gig in town.

Here’s an extra post to help unravel and untangle and generally unconfusify the mysteries of what this new feature on this blog portends. Seeing as how it could help authors and bloggers alike, I figured it was worth a few minutes of electronic elucidation.

In short, Google recently launched their stab at social networking. Sure, Orkut (no, not that guy) has been around for a while, but it never caught on in the U.S. like it did overseas.

Google+ promises to be different.

Well, we’ll see. I doubt it will yield another great David Fincher-helmed feature, but the Googster does have some marketing might packed away in its Mountain View pockets and its all tied into an obscure Web site that you may have heard of.

While we wait for the general Google+ invites to propagate into the wilds, everyone can partake of the “Google +1” feature. This video succinctly explains what magic it holds:

As fans of science fiction romance, we’re looking beyond the horizon and to the future. As forward-thinking authors, we’re embracing the tools of the Internet and using them to reshape that future.

Here’s one.

Try using it and let me know what you think. All you have to do is click it.

Joyfully yours,