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Who’s hanging out on Google+?

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We return to our regularly scheduled programming — with no more vacation pictures or campaign spots for a while.

Emarketer, citing findings from a six-month Simply Measured study, says that although brands are flocking to Google+, they’re not seeing the level of consumer engagement found on other networks. Maybe it’s because no one is on Google+:
Emarketer points to a February 2012 study by Arbitron and Edison Research found that only 8% of U.S. consumers had a profile on Google+.

Still, Google+ is in its infancy and Facebook ain’t dead yet.

Meanwhile, Ad Age Digital reported Monday that brands aren’t “hanging out” so much as they are “pinning” — as the all-seeing-all-knowing Internet giant takes fourth place in mindshare behind social media darling Pinterest.

The Ad Age article steps beyond the brands’ lack of interest and nicely summarizes a bigger problem with Google+:
 

The broad consensus is that Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return.

 
This girl is part of the masses who flocked and then fled. I’ve set up a profile, and I have returned from time to time, but my other friends aren’t on — they’re not sharing, not engaging. I interact most on Google+ with strangers who have shared this blog through their profiles. Although I believe Google+ will have a bigger place in social media and digital marketing, I believe the adopters must first shake their unwavering loyalty to Facebook. And that could take a helluva lot longer than a mere nine months.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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