What's Your Take On Google+?

question mark  Best Agent BusinessI've asked for an invitation to use Google+, but am not one of the "elite" to be chosen yet.  The articles I've read about all the "bigger and better" ways we can communicate with our friends, clients, prospective clients, etc. are intriguing.  In fact, in July, I summarized the features of Google+ in "What's All The Fuss About Google+" .

It's interesting that Google does not describe Google+ as a product, but as a "project".  The focus here is to stress that Google+ is a result of making Google itself more social rather than creating a new stand-alone social network.  In an article on searchengineland.com, Vic Gundotra, senior vice president for Google's social products, describes Google+ this way, "It's 'Plus' because it takes products from Google and makes them better . . . it's an ongoing set of products."

Take a minute and watch this video - even if it doesn't clear up a few things about Google+, it will probably make you smile.  One of the arguments that I've read in several articles is that there are so many millions of users already firmly entrenched in Facebook that they will not switch to Google+.

It does seem to me that Google+ will have advantages for real estate agents because of the "circles" feature.  You could have one circle of clients, another of prospective clients, and still another of fellow agents, etc.  What do you think?  If you are already on Google+, what is your first impression?  If you are not on Google+, are you going to give it a try?

This is a great forum for us to share specific experience in the use of Google+ within the real estate profession.  At Best Agent Business we have teams of experts using Social Media that’s related to real estate and we'll share information we gather.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions - it should be a fun and informative discussion! 

In the meantime, remember that at Best Agent Business, we have the resources and skilled teams to assist you in marketing, database and lead management, social media, blogging, and listing and closing.  Schedule a call with Steve Kantor, President, of Best Agent Business for a free consultation regarding the services available to you.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsSteve Kantor • August 11 2011 12:07PM

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Steve, I have BEEN invited-created my profile and haven't gotten any further than that!  Not that impressive, from what I've seen- Interesting, calling it a "project"  sounds like a work in progress to me!

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Little early to tell but working it in to the media mix and will get back to you. A tad early on and thinking this is Facebook is your first mistake on the application I have sensed from some out the sidelines looking in. Links to videos and your world getting "liked" plus one shows you are active, others think you are credible and it is all about authority, who is worthwhile and time, money saving for the very busy comsumer.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 7 years ago

I did what Faith did. I went back to see how many people added me since I keep getting emails, and I'm at about 100 people without doing a thing...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 7 years ago

I've signed up, but haven't done anything with it yet. Not sure why I would want my clients/customers in my circles.

Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) about 7 years ago

i'm overwhelmed with just Facebook. I think I am too old for this stuff.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 7 years ago

Google + is asking us to stretch ourselves even more. Either you go with the flow or ignor it.

Posted by Carol Barron Cross, Sunflower Homes & Equestrian LLC (SUNFLOWER HOMES & EQUESTRIAN LLC) about 7 years ago

Just like most things, some will like it, use it and possibly gain from it, while others will not. To each his own! Thanks for all the comments.

Posted by Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance (BEST AGENT BUSINESS) about 7 years ago

I like Google+ myself.  It's far faster than facebook both on the web and on my mobile phone and far more useful.  The only downside is their lower adoption rate.  Because everyone is on FB and only a few on G+, it's now two locations to check.  If just everyone would dump FB and move over I'd be happy.

I have invites to spare if anybody wants an invite shoot me a msg I'd be happy to burn up my invites on fellow AR members.

Posted by Nathan M, President (Rentec Direct) (Rentec Direct Property Management Software) about 7 years ago

Maybe over time FBer's will move. Your invites might help convince them. Anyone intrested??? Thanks!

Posted by Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance (BEST AGENT BUSINESS) about 7 years ago

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