That’s right! I’m actually enjoying Google+.
I don’t usually get excited about social networking services. I started Twitter because it’s simple and low-maintenance. So I was actually reluctant about using Google+ at first, but after my friend explained it, it actually sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try.
For those who aren’t familiar with Google+, it’s a new SNS and many people agree that it’s like Facebook but “better.” The reason I don’t do Facebook, except for my fan page, is that it’s difficult to organize the people on your list. If I were to have a Facebook account, before I posted anything I’d have to consider if my close friends, acquaintances, family members, Japanese friends, and strangers would all enjoy or care what I was posting about. In my old office, I had a friend who’d send whatever he thought was cool or funny to EVERYONE on his friend list on instant messenger. Sometimes it was funny and sometime it’d make me go “Um…” A lot of us just stopped clicking his links. On my IM, I had a group of people I’d send anything cat related to.
In short, you can make your posts public or only available to certain circles of people. Your circles can be for your friends, acquaintances, family, people you’re following, etc…
Anyway, it’s easier to try and see it for yourself than me explaining it badly. Google+ is now by an invitation only, so if you want me to invite you, feel free to email me at AnnaTheRed[at]gmail.com (with a subject “Invite me!” or something)
Since it’s still in beta, I don’t think I’ll put anything Google+ exclusives there though. But more silly stuff, like these videos below.
We decided to try out Kinect Fun Labs the other day. Which is a series of mini applications for Kinect. They’re free but some of them look like they should’ve come with Kinect when it was released (especially Googly Eyes and BobbleHead) but Make-a-Buddy is a lot of fun. You can scan the back and front of an object with a Kinect sensor, and it’ll create a 3D model of it. I see a lot of potential with this 3D modeling technology. Hope someone makes a good use of it.
Here are some videos we took with my camera after we scanned our plushes.
First off, Keepon with a pink top hat. (See “stuffed stuff: Keepon”) You can see Derek making it move on the right bottom corner, that’s Kinect detecting his moves.
And the Golden Whale and Flying Safe from BattleBlock Theater. (See “stuffed stuff: Golden Whale from BattleBlock Theater” for more details)
And Raccoonlope thing from the BattleBlock Theater. (See “stuffed stuff: Hungry raccoon from BattleBlock Theater”)