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Is connecting on Google+ really where it’s at?

January 31, 2014

Recently, I read a post on Google+ about connections. How we’ve always known that the world is interconnected, but that without Google+ (and the other social media venues) it was so easy to forget. That the lack of connection kept us feeling alone and isolated. We lived in our individual cells like worker bees who sensed the hive, but were kept from joining it.

Then the barriers came crashing down, the post explained. Things that had been happening by degrees came to sudden fruition. And we were set free. We could finally connect with others. And it was empowering.

The words rang very true for me. I have been on Google+ for just a short while and already my world has expanded exponentially. I can now sit in my office yet feel like I am attending an international conference and meeting amazing people. It’s like I’m there, but don’t even have to leave my home. The connections I have made have helped me professionally and I have made some wonderful new friends.

But something was gnawing at me. I began wondering what the hive really was and why people weren’t joining? Sure connections are great. But I think that the writer had missed something terribly important. Isn’ t the real hive Spirit and knowing that we are all a part of each other, Google+ or not, what it really means to join?

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