Women of Google+ : Gabi Helfert

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+ : Gabi HelfertFeatured G+’er : Gabi Helfert

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I learned about Google+ in the news, posted a call on my Facebook profile three days after launch, and a friend came to help and invited me.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I love the concept of circles. It gives you better control over your privacy, and we can all be connected on different levels – from very tight to very loose – just like in real life. Even though being one of Facebook’s heavy users, I have been having issues since its launch – not only in terms of privacy, but also regarding all the spammy apps and the mostly useless ads. Google+ is much more transparent, and so far refreshingly sparse and pretty.

As compared to Twitter, I love that there is no character restriction. Twitter, for me, is more a link broadcasting service than something which you can really use to communicate with people. Google+ lets you share links, like on Twitter and Facebook, but you can also write a whole story in your message window.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I work part-time as a sustainability project manager for a university, and part time as photographer and artist. Google+ helps me connect with people who share the same interests, even though we’re not friends in real life, without having to share all my private stuff with them. At the same time, it allows me to be close to my friends who are spread out all over the world. The concept of Hangouts is very useful in that respect too, for meetings in a business context, but also for private gatherings.

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

By posting links to my blog on Google+, I have increased traffic by 30% within a week.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~ Robert Heinlein

MA Psychology, PhD Management, proficient in German, English, and Dutch, photo shows in Europe and the US, published a range of books, and is making progress in saving the planet.

  • http://gabihelfert.com/ (Portfolio)
  • http://bluetwothree.blogspot.com/ (Daily blog)
  • http://www.flickr.com/people/cybergabi/ (Flickr)
  • http://twitter.com/cybergabi (Twitter)
  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ghelfert (LinkedIn)
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Women of Google+ : Maribel Illig

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+ : Maribel IlligFeatured G+’er : Maribel Illig

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

My husband invited me.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

To meet interesting people and just hear and discuss opinions. In short: to open my mind ;)

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Since I’m working in a very traditional branch (part of the public services) social networks or business networks are not really used by most of the people. But it’s changing – slowly, but constantly. I’m always trying to push our unit further into the online world.

Like everybody else I’m not only defined through my job, but I’m the sum of very different interests and G+ is a means to handle my friends of the different ‘worlds’ which form my universe. And as said above: it’s a wonderful way to get to know new people and be confronted with new ideas, thoughts and opinions.

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

I don’t understand why G+ concentrates on our real life names. My online identity with my online name is as real for my gamer friends as my official name. They don’t even recognize me by my official name (no wonder, since I’m playing and posting with my online name for over 15 years now). So why doesn’t G+ accept that we are a sum of different identities and finds an elegant way to merge them?

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Working in public services, I’m a doctor of economics. I have many interests like online gaming (I’m even doing podcasts about online gaming, but they are in german), golfing, yoga, roses, watching series or discussing new institutional economics. The only problem I have is that I’m lacking the time to pay as much attention to each topic as I would like to do ;)

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Women of Google+ : Pia Ziefle

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+ : Pia ZiefleFeatured G+’er : Pia Ziefle

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I asked via Twitter.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

First I looked for all my Twitter friends, because the 140 on twitter are really short… than I met many many people I’d never met in another context than Google+ because I’d not read their blogs (too long) or their Twitter timelines (too short). It’s like university at the moment, meeting and learning.

Perhaps promoting my book (coming soon).

The open structure in Google+ ist great. (no “friends”)

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Coming from Twitter it’s easy to use. (I never used Facebook the way I can use Google+, Facebook to me has always been like going to work.)

Sitting at home, writing my book in lonelyness, ignoring my hungry kids (not really!) an open social network like Google+ (together with twitter) is a connection to the world outside. designed by me. World and Connection.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Thats my blog (in German) http://www.denkding.de/
That’s my official site http://www.piaziefle.de

In spring 2012 my first book will be published (by www.ullstein.de).

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