After a year on WordPress, this blog is moving. Martha and I are jumping in our time machine and landing on the planet Google+ for future posts! Why the switch?
The time has come to make the Time Traveller’s Dog a more social experience and Google+ has a number of features that I really love.
The whole social networking concept is more conducive to what I hope to achieve and, although Facebook has a lot going for it, there are a number of features in Google+ that make it more a appropriate forum for a pseudo-academic blog such as this.
For one thing, the Circles feature allows me to interact more with colleagues, students and course delegates in a more thematic and privacy-centered way. Friends and family may want to see me and Martha out for a stroll, but I doubt it is of much interest to Digital Marketing students or fellow behavioural economists! I can also create course-specific Circles for my students and share very targeted content and thoughts as never before.
For educational use in general, in fact, Google+ scores very easily over other sites. The integration with Google Docs and You Tube is probably a pretty obvious advantage, but features such as the degree of control over posting and the integration with Twitter also have huge potential too. The killer app for me – and the deciding factor – has got to be the Hangout feature. The ability to for ten of us to have a video conference and to collaborate on documents etc is just too good to pass up.
So, off Martha and I go to Google+ land for an experimental journey into social networking. Many of the regular posts/features will be there, along with links old and new, so do stick with us!
The downside of Google+ at present is that vanity URLs are pretty scarce and generally reserved for the rich and famous. The result is an address that is way too long and filled with random numbers! To avoid typing all that nonsense, and to keep the blog’s name and spirit very much alive, I’ve therefore set up a very short redirect URL
So, we’re using a combination of Google+ and Blogger for the time being, so do join Martha and me in our new home at The Time Traveller’s Dog