Women of Google+ : Lori Gama
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.
Featured G+’er : Lori Gama
How did you originally get invited to Google+?
I had applied for an invitation at Google+ invitation site then finally got in when a young man in my Twitter community invited me.
What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?
I’m seeing lots of benefits from being in Google+ …where do I begin?
One of the strategic benefits is that I can connect with VIP’s whom I admire and have promoted in other social networks. Right now, they have a few hundred people in their circles in G+ versus their 50,000 or more Twitter followers so I guess it’s like being in the elevator with them instead of the crowded room. Same for the celebrities coming on board now: you have a better chance of interacting with them now versus later when the gates are opened.
Another benefit is that I’m finding some very interesting people who are posting interesting content. Mashable called us the “technical elite.”
Another benefit: I’m growing closer to those whom I was already connected with in Twitter. Being able to write more than 140 characters helps quite a lot.
Though I haven’t tried the Hangout yet, where you can meet with people and do a video chat, I can see this feature being very useful to me for personal and professional reasons. I can see doing a coffee chat with friends there versus doing it in Skype. Google+ just feels cozier.
Google has made it so easy to keep Google+ part of my life by simply having the horizontal navigation bar always in my browser. BuddyPress originally started that trend, I think. And then WordPress started using it. It keeps Google+ always there. Facebook and Twitter had not thought of that.
But the biggest benefit is that my “Public” posts can be found in Google’s search results. You can’t do that with a Facebook profile. People are used to searching for information about products and services and people in Google. They don’t go to Facebook for that. So, Google has woven itself into my life even more tightly or maybe I’ve woven myself into Google more tightly?
How does Google+ fit into your life or career?
Right now it’s keeping me up late as I scour the G+ landscape for more people to connect with and more posts I can spray my “Kilroy was here” tag on.
In the coming weeks, I see myself continuing to rave about it in my other social networks (“People: you’ve GOT to check out Google+!”) and as a series of blog posts and screencasts in my blog.
I’ve already downloaded the G+ app on my Droid and enjoy the little buzz my phone makes whenever I get a new connection who’s added me to her or his circle.
Looking forward to collaborating with other entrepreneurs and co-hosted Hangouts on different topics.
A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+
For the past five years, I’ve firmly believed that the Internet is evolving us as a human race and, as like-minded people around the world connect and collaborate, more problems are being solved, big and small. But now that I’ve become part of the Google+ network, I think we’re going to evolve even more quickly. I can’t help thinking of a Web that we’re weaving. All of our lives, our stories, photos and videos, all woven into the Web, tighter and tighter, can only make the Web stronger and stronger. Right?
Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?
I serve entrepreneurs who want to build their business by using the tools of the Web.
I’ve been on the Internet since 1997, producing websites, doing SEO and now, for the past three years, also training entrepreneurs how to use Social Media Marketing to grow business. I think we can solve thousands of problems within a very short amount of time (sometimes just months!) by connecting people with technology and data. That’s why I’m passionate about Open Data, Gov 2.0, Open Gov and the Web itself.
Up until the late 90’s, I worked a job that really wasn’t “me” and I was quite unhappy but one day I bought a computer and discovered the Internet and my life was never the same. I taught myself HTML code and combined programming with my passion for writing and designing. I realized that businesses could profit a great deal when they had websites and when those websites could be found in Yahoo and Google. Sounds quite naive now, eh? But that’s how I transformed my life from an unhappy gal to a very happy gal. Getting ready for my next personal evolution/transformation by developing my products and programs to show people how they can build the life of their dreams by using the tools of the Web.
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