Is Google Plus a Men’s Club?

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  • You are 100% on the wrong track :) So is Stoble. I think G+ is infinitely easier to use than say FB. The problem with those tech writers is they can’t relate to the real world. We – our moms and us daughters – will do just fine and I think G+ is going to be great. I aleady managed to get my 75 year old mother on and the idea of cirvles clicked instantly. It is the forced “friendships” of FB that ske can’t grasp.

  • I don’t think it’s fair for you to judge something for the outside. email me if you want and I’ll invite you. Their are thousands of females on G+ and it’s not some smoke filled mans club. It’s clean bright and refreshing.

  • I think the phrase “your mom” is a reference to “everybody and their mom uses ______” as opposed to a sexist attack on women as a whole.
    Also, about your comment that refers to Google+ being a smoky men’s lounge: I’ve been on it for a few days and haven’t gotten that vibe. Maybe it’s because half (literally) of the people in my circles are women, or maybe because when I offer to give out invites on Facebook, most (around 60%) of the requests come from women.

  • Hmm, I read the original blog and didn’t really get the same vibe you did. Granted, I still thought it was a little insulting, but mostly just geared to anyone who wasn’t “tech” enough to appreciate Google+. I didn’t feel he was targeting women.

    That said, I have Google+, got it several days ago. My sister is on there, as well as many other of my female friends. In my Plus circles, the balance between men and women are pretty equal.

    I will say that most of the girls who joined didn’t really know what it was until some guy on facebook asked if anyone wanted an invite to it. Many of them said “What is it? Sure, I want an invite!” Does that fulfill a stereotype? Anyway my sister is really not who I would call a techie of any sort, but she knew about it and asked for an invite from the same friend I did.

    Me? I knew I wanted Google+ the moment I read about it from Google when it was announced. I downloaded Chrome the day it was released. I got gmail during Beta as soon as I could get an invite to that. I joined Wave. I have tested almost every Google feature. Not all of them have been great.

    Google+ is though. Excellent in concept, design and execution. I can’t blame Google for making it hard for casual users to get on yet though. They seriously want feedback, and its early days yet. You can win over people like me even with a few bugs or poorly designed features, but the casual user? Not so much.

    Also, contrary to what the other blogger said, I feel that Google+ would be the perfect place for me to finally get my Mom to sign up. I joined facebook back in 2005 when it was shiny and new and for college kids only. It still feels wrong for me to add someone who isn’t the same generation I am. Google+ though is perfect.

    It is very user friendly, has a great “hangout” feature, and has the added bonus of audience selection. The Circles allow you to quickly choose who can see anything you post.

    I don’t see what tech nerds are worried about. They can create a Circle called “Techies” and then be in their own little world.

    (For the record, I do agree that a lot of men have the attitude that women can’t use technology. I carry around a metaphorical sledgehammer to smash this idea wherever I go. In my life I have found that knowledge, patience and a penetrating look can put any man on notice that his attitude’s days are numbered.)

  • I have been using Google+ since Wed. I believe and I see many females in there, as for the whole “Mom” comment, not sure what he was getting at and the only thing I can really think of is that most of our “Moms” aren’t uber excited over new social platforms.
    Do we know where Google admitted that only people they believe to be influential have gotten in? Is this in fact true?
    I would take his blog post with a grain of salt :)

  • I didn’t get an invite. Yet I still was able to sign up for Google+, AND I’m female. And pretty normal. And I have a lot of friends who are not geeks, insiders or rock stars who use G+. I think they’re pretty normal, too.

    Am I missing something entirely in your article? Maybe I should just send you the link I went to in order to get signed up: I went to the site, created a profile, and found friends there through my Gmail address book.

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