It’s Battle of the Public Lists! We’ve got Twitter, Facebook and now G+ that can all share lists (or circles) publicly.
I certainly don’t want to share all my circles. I have some pretty down and dirty ones. Yet there are some I would be very happy to share and I’m interested to see how the new Share a Circle function works. So I took one of my circles (aptly called Givers and Sharers) and made it public.
You’ll notice I made it public but also shared it to my circles. Everyone in the circle should also be notified and can see those I’ve included. Interesting that you cannot see what I named the circle.
Hmmm…then I found this video from G+:
I’m not sold yet on the idea that I want to publicize my circles even after my Circle Saturday post. Hey, I already have next weeks Circle Saturday written. I really hope the Circle Saturday thing catches on.
I think the reason this isn’t such a big thing to me is that it’s very temporary. This share happens in my stream. It’s just a point in time and it disappears down the stream in a few days. It’s not bookmarked over on my sidebar. It’s one and done. It’s like a group POKE, but then you can’t return the Poke. Maybe it’s more like a Tweet containing only a #FF and 6 @Names with no explanation why. Not very valuable, eh?
Compare that to a public Twitter List like my Hockey Pucks, F1 Peeps or Coolest 100 or even a public Facebook List like my Great RE People – all of which have staying power and at least tell people the ‘what’ or the ‘why’.
But then again, with the new Facebook Timeline a public list is going to be hard to find. Does that mean Twitter won this round?
What do you think? Have a list to share?