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Bewildered Lawyers Stumble on to Google+

Attention, lawyers: There is a new social networking site called Google+.

I am now on it, although like most of the other "early adopter" lawyers who have signed up for it I have no idea what to do with it. So far I have successfully posted the "These go to eleven" video clip from "Spinal Tap" and a photo of a Taco Bell sign that a departing employee hijacked and wrote, "I QUIT - ADAM - F*CK YOU" on. Despite these successes, I still feel I could be doing more with Google+.

But what?? For starters, nobody I know in the "real world" is even on Google+, so I have a grand total of zero people in my "Family" circle and an additional zero people in my "Friends" circle. I have added a couple dozen people to my "Acquaintances" circle, but these are the same lawyer-types who I "know" through Twitter (@brucecarton). So what am I supposed to share with them that I was not already sharing with them on Twitter? Is this new sharing supposed to be in lieu of the prior Twitter sharing or in addition to it? Somebody please 'splain this to me.

I have looked to other lawyers' Google+ feeds for guidance, but that has not really helped. On her Google+ feed, Amy Derby writes, "Ok. I'm here. Now what?" Scott Greenfield says that, like me, he is diligently placing people in his new Google+ circles. He adds, however, that "once they are all inside, I will hit delete. They will never know." Hmmmmm. Of course he said that on Twitter, not Google+. So far his only post on Google+ reads, "This box popped up and I don't know what I'm supposed to put in it." Ditto.

Those who have started posted diligently on Google+ seem to be operating under the assumption that the site is a place to talk about, well, Google+. It is like a reverse Fight Club, where "the first rule of Google+ is that we only talk about Google+." These discussions usually seem to revolve around why Google+ is the best social networking site and how, after two weeks, it has rendered things like Facebook and Twitter obsolete or at least dreadfully boring. See, e.g., "Google+ is Awesome. Facebook Maimed, Twitter Mortally Wounded?"

So anyway, I'm on Google+, awaiting a revelation as to what to do with it. If you have the answer to this (or even if you don't), feel free to circle me (is that the term??) and we can do whatever it is we're supposed to do on Google+ together.


Posted by Bruce Carton on July 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)


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