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Google+’s photography engagement levels are incredible

:: Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 @ 1:09:08 am

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On Monday afternoon, I decided to use Google+ to post the slides of a talk I had just given at the Monterey Shootout 2011. I really like how pictures and videos are handled by Google+, and using it to present one of my talks (which are typically picture-heavy) seemed to be perfect.

On Tuesday, at 3:38PM, an underwater photographer named Elena Kalis shared my talk with her circles on Google+. At around 7pm, I uploaded 33 underwater pictures to my Scrapbook. At 9:47pm, Vic Gundotra shared a link to the album. At 10:04pm, Brian Rose did, as well. Sergey Brin left a few comments shortly after 11pm (Mr. Brin dabbles in underwater photography, himself). Robert Scoble picked up and shared the album at 12:32am.

At 12:56am, just 6 hours after I updated my scrapbook and 9 hours after Elena shared out the link to my talk, 1,430 people have me in their circles. 1,430 happens to be the exact number of Twitter followers I have. That’s right: it took me 2 days on Google+ to arrive at the same number of followers I attracted on Twitter in 1644 days.1 Granted, I use Twitter as a broadcast service and tweet about all sorts of random things, but the reception to my photography over on Google+ has been nothing short of incredible. After spending a couple hours on the site tonight, it is obvious that the reception to ALL FORMS of photography at Google+ is fantastic, and that engagement levels are extremely high.

Methinks I will be spending some time over there. Want an invite? +Eric Cheng

Side note: What’s amusing is that this post will get picked up automatically by Facebook and Twitter, but not by Google+. I’m really looking forward to a time when Google+ gets integration with HootSuite and other social media aggregators.


  1. 41 more people added me in the time it took to write this post. 

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  • Adman

    At 7:04pm, what I saw on my stream was 33 individual posts from you.  Each post was a single picture, and a link to the Scrapbook album.  And then later (the next morning) was a post to the album as a whole.

    Is that the way G+ is supposed to work?  Is that what you intended to do?

    If you were to share an album full with many pictures (dozens/hundreds), I’d rather just have it show up as a single post, rather than one post per picture.

    I’m new to G+ (I guess we all are), so let me know if I’m misunderstanding something.

    Beautiful pictures, by the way.  Thanks for sharing.  And I liked the slides from your talk, too…

  • http://echeng.com/ Eric Cheng

    Adam – I’m not sure how it was supposed to work. I uploaded all of the pictures in one batch, and would have assumed that you’d get one post from me for the entire batch. If you send feedback, I’ll bet it would be appreciated. The photos team seems highly engaged…

  • http://twitter.com/adamnash Adam Nash

    Not to be a cynic, but I’m guessing what really happened is that Vic Gundotra linked to your album.  The Twitter equivalent would be having Kim Kardashian retweet it.  He has a ton of followers on Google+, and more importantly, he himself has a large number of influential followers.

  • Jason

    Eric, I must have been enjoying your photos for almost 10 yrs from Australia…  G+ looks amazing and would love to get an invite if you can… 4jasonshim at gmail. Cheers J

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