Podcast 6: Google+: The Old Stuff Is Not Working Anymore

We tackle Google+ this week on the Geek Whisperers podcast. So far for many people Google+ seems a lot like sex in high school. You hear stories about other people doing it, but you have a dearth of personal experience. And I’m not sure if this is like sex in high school or not, but it also both seems a little boring and filled with funny gifs.

To hear directly from the Fonzie of the Google+ diner, we invited Mark Traphagen on the show. Mark is a Google+ early adopter and works as the Director of Digital Outreach at Virante, an agency in North Carolina. He reportedly also gave Amy some of his bacon once, which makes him one of the good guys.

We start out by talking Google+ and SEO, but it turns out that Google+ is actually full of overlapping communities of people, just like Twitter and Facebook, and if you find the right tribe, you can really settle down comfortably around their camp fire.

A few of the links we talked about:

[John would like to point out that his “atomic balls” quote comes from this 2005 Boing Boing article: Open Source Yoga advocates fight “Atom Bomb Balls” Bikram. Upon review, he did misquote Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga, and in fact finds the original text a bit more combative than his actual intent. The actual quote is “Because I have balls like atom bombs, two of them, 100 megatons each. Nobody f***s with me.” John was not referring to the nature of his own balls, atomic or otherwise. Instead, he was metaphorically asserting that content from a big brand like VMware usually is displayed prominently in Google searches.]

As a final word, we’d like to report that some time after this podcast was recorded, one of the Geek Whisperers was heard to say, “I’m using Google+ and I’m not hating it.”

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