The major news of the month has been the beta release of Google+. I managed to get an early invite and have been playing with it for some time now. I won't attempt to explain it or review it ... a thousand others have done a much better job than I could ever do. Here is what Techcrunch has to say and here is a guide from Mashup.
I like Google+ a great deal, even though I still don't think I have quite my mind wrapped around how circles work. Its certainly a more complex but more powerful model than Twitter or Facebook.
Unlike Wave or Buzz, I think Google+ will be a big success.
It does not replace Facebook or Twitter or blogs or discussion groups though its functionality overlaps with them all.
I will still be using all these social tools.
My main challenge will be figuring out which tool to use for what.
I tweet a lot and have things configured such that my manual tweets and automated tweets from my website (via RSS feeds) get pushed through to LinkedIn and Facebook.
So how does Google+ fit into all of this? Does it make sense to feed my tweets into Google+ as well? Or should I feed my Google+ posts into Twitter? Or neither?
There are a number of emergent tools to do this type of thing but I have yet to get my head around them and figure out which works best for me.
One thing I do like though is the ability to create an RSS feed for my Google+ public posts.
I will let you know how I get on and I am sure I will meet many of you in Google+. Here is my Google+ profile page.
I gather that Google+ will go fully live at end of July but if you would like an invite drop me an email and I will invite you.