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Terra Firma, Friends, and Travels Shared Through Google +

If there is one thing concrete that binds all of us, it is good old Terra firma herself. In a real way, the Earth beneath our feet, like our humanity, teaches us a lot about one another. Make no mistake, traveling is who we are, what we are meant to do – we are built to explore. Let’s explore this weeks wonders of social, human, and Earthly value. And, why G+ rules.

The remaining wonders of the world

Original 7 wonders magic - courtesy Sergey Brin

Google This, Google That, Google Everything

Looking at Google + and all things geeky, cool, and social, affirmed for me the overall superiority of Google. Google + is by far the coolest technology intervention in some time – one reason being an over abundance of very cool people and content. For instance, Co-Founder of Google, Sergey Brin is fully engaged there. Besides being a bizillionaire super geek, Sergey is actually as human as anyone – maybe more. G+ is a proof in that pudding – a reflection of those at Mountain View.

Sergey Brin photos of Egypt

Sergey's sharing of the Pyramids via G+ - no simple Flickr gallery here folks

Okay, just because Sergey Brin said “hi” to me on Google +, as cool as that is, is not so important. What is, is what fascinates us all, what “Engages” us, as Brian Solis would put it.

Any web celebrity’s sharing is engaging – but “sharing” – not Brin – is key here. The image below of another web celebrity, Richard MacManus, shows the other end of the spectrum – the mundaneness of being genuine.

Richard MacManus and his breakfast

Richard's courage exemplified by the most disgusting breakfast I ever saw

Gimme Real Peeps in Real Time

Day 1 of Richard’s vegan diet is almost ghastly, just as Sergey’s Sahara adventure is awesome – the chasm between these “shares” illustrates my point. G+ is a more refined way for you and I, the world, to cover what we can call “the spectrum” – the distance between us – not just the economy of Twitter, or the personal branding of FB. Validate.

Beijing to Suzhou to Hangzhou to Shanghai

Gina Trapani experiences on the way to Beijing to Suzhou to Hangzhou to Shanghai

Some 144,349 have Sergey in “circles” – another 7,724 for MacManus (ReadWriteWeb) – 52,830 for Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani (China cuisine image), Robert Scoble has almost 90,000, Michael Dell has over 30,000, and Robert Hamilton? Robert has all of 332 people – and here is the thing.

The potential G+ shows over Facebook or others, AS a best tools for us Earth travelers – is what’s at stake. Robert Hamilton of Discover Group, shared the cool image below with Sergey, me, and you (if you are not in Google + mail me) – the real world reflected in G+.

Google + user Robert Hamilton's shares

A share by Robert Hamilton of Discover Group

Windy profundity doesn’t suit everyone, so let’s get to the point. I mentioned Brian Solis for a reason, despite his tendency to wax narcissistic, his is one of the most eloquent experts on all things social. A recent post by him accentuates (or more likely galvanizes) what I am saying here, and I quote;

“Google Plus represents a fresh approach to social engagement not seen at this level since the early days of Twitter.”

G+,You, Me, All of Us

Where Facebook and Twitter fail miserably is in “refined social interaction” – at least on the scale people really want – not just among close friends, but with the world


Google + rages past all others in adaptation

There is a reason G+ has spirited past the others in conversion - it is light years ahead

Facebook took off on the weight of the domain name, the brand, ethereal symbolism and your “face” within the “book” of the web. But, since when did you almost simultaneously see Mark Zuckerberg, and your lesser known peeps talking the digital speak? Is the “validation” ultimate on FB?

A cool ad shared by Michael Dell

A cool ad from the 90's shared by Michael Dell - yeah, him too.

You can watch a movie about Facebook and Zuckerberg, or you can join Sergey and the rest of Google in sharing your world. Isn’t this life, this social experiment we are all in, really about sharing bits of ourselves – no matter how important or busy we are? And G+’s disruptive innovation? Let the Co-Tweet image below show – celebrity following is one thing, true engagement is another.

Arnold stated following me some time back.

Arnold followed, shared, but not like he could on G+

I leave you with another of Sergey’s adventures, and an amazing (if brief) video of his on YouTube and some of Sergey’s other Egypt images amid the gallery. Thanks Sergey, not for innovation, but for sharing.