Google+ …what is it? Should I be concerned?

posted 3 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@BurlapnLace:  It’s a social media site, like facebook.

Post # 4
49 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Google+ is Google’s attempt at a social network like facebook. The difference is that ANYONE can add you to their “circles” (friends list), and you can’t accept/ignore. They just get added. 

I wouldn’t be concerned.

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Google +, is kind of like Facebook but Google’s version of it – so social networking. You can add people to your “circle” etc, post photos…you can chat on it much like on Facebook. I don’t use it much personally, so that’s about as much as I know.

Post # 7
22122 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Google+ is Google’s version of social networking. You can share links and status updates and the like, sort of like Twitter, and you can add people to your “Circles,” like Facebook.

However, unlike Facebook, just because someone adds you to one of their circles, doesn’t mean that you’ve added them to one of yours. Or that you have any connection or relationship to that person.

I would ABSOLUTELY not be worried about this. Some people who have Gmail/Google accounts have G+ accounts without even knowing it. And furthermore, even for those who purposefully have a G+ account — G+ is hardly the happening social media spot on the Internet, despite Google’s best efforts to make it be. I have one and use it a bit because I work in online media, but even then, I don’t do much with it.

Do you have a Google account? You could set up your G+ just to calm your fears and see that it’s nothing to be worried about.


Post # 8
10877 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t know much about Google+, because I do not personally use it, though someone else I don’t know who has my (and my DH’s last name) “added me” to his circle.

You might try Googling yourself to see what types of things come up and what kinds of photos appear.  If they appear unfamiliar to you, then much of what may be linked to his name may be similiarly unfamiliar to him.

Post # 10
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Everyone he has ever contacted through gmail is probably showing up, or something.  Most people have a google+ account, and never look at it.

Post # 11
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s like… gmail facebook… I”m on it but don’t really understand it and never use it. But it’s just some weird way to communicate with gmail user’s more socially than just chat and email. 

Post # 12
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My FI and I both have Google+ accounts that we set up in the very beginning when we thought it may be popular (clearly it didn’t take off….)

I just google searched him and a bunch of picutres of the people who added him to their “circles” showed up. You can add whoever you want to your circles without their approval, it just means that you see their posts. I googled my name as well and people’s pictures showed up that I had no idea who they were.

So no, I wouldn’t be worried about it at allllllllll. He may not even know who the heck this girl is.

Post # 13
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Duncan:  +1

Either they’re people who added him (you can’t get rid of them) or “people you might know” based on previous e-mails.

I think you get one with a Gmail account. I know I have one, but I’ve never used it!

Post # 14
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Google + is weird. It is neither Facebook nor Twitter and seems to serve pretty much no purpose. I have a Google + circle. Half of the people in it are a complete surprise to me.

Unless your FI has ever given you cause for concern so far as his conduct on social media is concerned then I’d not be particularly worried about it. 

Post # 16
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@BurlapnLace:  social media and IT are different fields, so I don’t really see the irony. 

I wouldn’t worry about G+ because the most active people on it are Googlers & marketers. It’s been around for a few years but hasn’t really taken off. Google also went through a phase where they forced people with Google accounts on to + and made it really hard to tweak the settings. 


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