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Posted on July 9th, 2011 by Paul Terry Walhus

Google+ out of the gate

Google+ was obviously this weeks big story, sorry Facebook your skype addon was a side note by comparison. TechCrunch had one of the best explanations of what Google+ is all about, and Wired’s Steven Levy wrote the most complete accounts of the thinking at Google behind Plus

Mark Coddington notes “Among those enamored with it were TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick, social media guru Robert Scoble, and the Huffington Post’s Craig Kanalley (though he wondered about Google’s timing). It quickly began sending TechCrunch loads of traffic, and social media marketer Chris Brogan brainstormed 50 ways Google+ could influence the rest of the web.”  Since then Arian Huffington, Ashton Kucher, Newt Gingrich and others have jumped on board.  Surprisingly, the number one user on Google+ (the “Tom” of Google+) is Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg.

I’ve really enjoyed my first week on Google+ and am finding new and old friends showing up every day.  The invitation process keeps opening and closing unpredictably.  If you need an invite you can email me with your Gmail account and I’ll invite you.  Be sure to have your Google Profile filled out or the invite won’t do you any good.  The most fun I’ve had on Google+ is in the “hangouts” which is a video chat that up to 9 people can take part in, in fact, I did a video podcast about Austin’s Formula One racetrack under construction in a hangout.  Here it is:

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