Google is Making Lots of Changes…


…and in my opinion? None of them are good.

  • They are changing the look of Gmail. Ugh. I tried the new look. I forced myself to leave it there for 24 hours. Hated.Every.Second. While they say that it’ll be more “comfortable,” “streamlined” and easier to read, I’m not buying it. I found it awkward, confusing, and just plain ugly. I know I have to adjust, but I do think it’s going to take awhile to get used to it.
  • Also, they will be weeding out Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger users. That’s right – those of us who have WordPress blogs will now lose all the followers we’ve worked so hard to get. Google suggests blogs create a Google+ page and encourage readers to add them to their circles. I truly feel this is Google’s way of forcing bloggers to do one of two things: 1. Give in and go back to Blogger or 2. Use Google+. Both options stink. {Again, this is just my opinion. If you love Google+, let me know how you make it work for you.}

    I created a Google+ account back when it was first introduced. I hated it. With Facebook, I can set everything to publish to my wall automatically and this busy mom of 6 doesn’t have to figure out how to create more time in her day to publish every new post to her Facebook wall. I don’t have that luxury with Google+. So now do I not only have to update my personal Google+ page, I also have to update my blog’s Google+  page every day as well. I don’t have time for this!

Don’t try to comment on any of Google’s posts, though. You’re not allowed. They don’t actually want to hear how we feel about this. They just want to tell us how it’s going to be, and we have to deal with it. Not cool, Google. Not cool.

Social Networking has always been a passion for me – well, for as long as social networking has been around. I love connecting with my readers and finding new blogs to read through many different social media outlets. I really think that Google+ is going to limit all of that – or at least make it much more difficult.

There are lots of other changes coming to Google too, so please be sure to read the posts by Google that I linked to in this blog.

How do you feel about all the changes Google is making? Do you see them as a bonus for bloggers, or do you see it as more work and more headaches like I do?
{Don’t worry if you don’t agree with me! I ask because I’m looking for a silver lining. There has to be one somewhere!}

Are You on Triberr?

triberrYou may have noticed that my twitter feed has gone crazy lately. There’s a very good reason for that. It’s called Triberr, and it is awesome.

Basically, when you join Triberr, you join a “tribe.” You then set up Triberr to grab your posts from your blog feed. After you’ve done that, your tribe will automatically tweet links to your posts.

You can even see exactly how many visits you’ve gotten to your site, which tribe member’s tweets brought in the most, and more.

It’s fantastic!

Right now, I’m in 7 tribes. My reach is 824,150. That’s a major number, considering I haven’t even been on Triberr for that long!

Joining Triberr has helped improve my klout score, has increased my page views, improved my alexa rank, and more.

If you would like to be a part of Triberr, I would love to have you join one of my tribes. At this time, I can only take people who are new to Triberr, but I know several of the tribes I don’t own are always looking for new members.

All you need to do is leave your twitter id in the comments section below, and tell me if you’re already on Triberr or if you’d like to be a part of it. Also, let me know how many twitter followers you have – that matters to some tribes. Then, I’ll send you a direct message with your invitation code. It’s easy to join, easy to set up, and Triberr does all the work for you after that!

If you’re on Triberr already, have you seen a difference in your stats?


Are You on Pinterest?

PinterestI know, I know. I just talked about Google+, and now I’m talking about something else. But Pinterest is something that I have needed for years, I just didn’t know it.

A very dear friend of mine, Alea from Premeditated Leftovers asked me if I would create a “Pinterest” button for her and add a “Pin this” button to her posts. I had no clue what she was talking about, so I told her she was going to have to give me more than just a website name.

When she heard that I had no clue what Pinterest was, she sent me an invitation and told me that I had to get in on this.

I joined, got the info I needed to create her a button, and let it sit there for a few days. Last night, hubby had to work late, and I decided to poke around on Pinterest.

Where has this been all my life? Seriously. The OCD Organizational Freak inside me is screaming with glee right now. This site is amazing.

You find things online that you want to bookmark, and you “pin” them to your boards. (You create the boards, and they can be regarding anything you want: style, fashion, jewelry, for the kids, for the home… I even have a board that has party ideas for the Phineas & Ferb party I’m throwing next week.) You can also “repin” something that someone else has pinned. (That’s how I’ve found most of my pins – people are finding really great stuff all over the web and pinning it for me to find!)

It’s invitation only, so if you want in, you have to find someone that can send you an invite. (I can, I can! Just leave a comment and let me know you want in.)

If you’re already on Pinterest, look me up. I’d love to follow you and see what great stuff you’re finding online!

Find me on Pinterest.

Are You on Google+?

Just what I need… one more place to network online. But, honestly? I love networking. And I love when I can organize my contacts in one easy to find, easy to follow place.

I’ve been on Facebook for several years now, and I love it. I’ve found tons of friends from highschool that I probably never would have reconnected with had it not been for Facebook. Not only that, but I’ve made some really great friends and contacts through Facebook and my blog, my fan pages, and my personal profile page.

But… (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) I’m up to over 4,000 friends on facebook, and it’s way out of control. I miss out on so much that’s going on in friends’ and family members lives because I’m so bogged down with news, links, and junk from the thousands of people I’m friends with. I know there’s a way to organize it all, but who has the time to sit down and do it? Then, there’s the 5,000 friend limit – which is connected to my page likes. That drives me bonkers! I try to “like” a page, and I can’t because I’m over my friend limit. So then I have to go through and delete dozens of people that I don’t interact with that are in my friends list.

So, when a friend introduced me to Google+, I was skeptical. I don’t need one more thing to take up any more time in my day. I am busy enough with 6 kids, this blog, my WTE blogging gig, my blog design business…. you get the drift.

BUT, (there’s that word again!), I really do like Google+. I love that everything I already do on google is integrated into Google+. I love the circles. I can keep all my contacts, business or otherwise, separated into groups, and then I can stream just those groups. If I can convince my family and friends to join the fun on Google+, I’ll never miss out on important announcements again!

I’m by no means a Google+ expert. I just started using it. But, so far, I like what I see. I think it’s worth giving it a try.

If you are on Google+, I hope you’ll add me to your circle. And if you’d like an invitation, leave a comment here with your email address or drop me an email and I’ll send one your way.

Have you tried Google+? What do you think?