Women of Google+ : Holly Jahangiri

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Holly JahangiriFeatured G+’er : Holly Jahangiri

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

Amanda Blain invited me, back on June 29, 2011. We met through Empire Avenue. I think most of the earliest users of Google+ also play there.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

It’s always fun being one of the first to kick the tires on a new Internet site or gadget. I don’t care about being among some elite group of early adopters; it’s not a status symbol or bragging point for me. I do enjoy exploring new territory, though, and I’ve encountered some interesting people along the way.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

It’s really too early to tell. I’m still struggling with how to communicate the “what’s in it for me” to friends and family.

Like most users, I’m loving the “Circles” and the “Hangout” feature – I like having more and easier control over who I share what with, and I like the idea of video chat with multiple people. Ironically, I tend to be a little less outgoing, face-to-face, than I am in writing; I have yet to USE the Hangout feature. Still, I see it as potentially one of the biggest differentiators and most useful features Google+ has to offer.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I’m surprised at the statistics that say women are only 10% of the current Google+ users. Most of the people who most eagerly accept my invitations to try Google+ are women, although I think they represent only about half of the invitations I’ve sent out.

Now, Robert Scoble suggests that “Yo Mama won’t use Google+,” but I say, “Yo Mama’s a Geek“. She just doesn’t want to waste her time on something until she sees it as a useful tool that’s going to make her life better. A man will go lunging into the swamp because it’s there; a woman will go once she’s reasonably sure there’s something on the other side that makes it worth fending off the gators.

I guess some of us just like to see what kind of wildlife lurks in the swamp.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Holly Jahangiri is a professional writer with over twenty years’ experience in technical writing, freelancing, fiction, poetry, and editing. On a good writing day, she claims (tongue-in-cheek) to be channeling the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, Erma Bombeck, and O. Henry. On a bad writing day, she claims to have poured every last ounce of her creative ability and energy into childbirth, and has two wonderful children to prove it.

Visit her blog, It’s All a Matter of Perspective.

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