Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the RTP SEO Meetup and the subject was Google+. I have been to several Google+ type meetups that had presenters like Mark Traphagen and Michelle Li. I was interested to see what the RTP SEO meetup was all about as I did not recognize any of the names. That is quite unusual for me as I know almost every active member of Google+ in the Raleigh Durham area.
Domingo Rogers and I have some experience with Google+ so we decided to MeetUp. Literally. The basic premise of the meetup was a quick explanation of Google+ and how it is incorporated into social search or SPYW (Search Plus Your World). After many months of, in depth, research I am well aware that there is much more to it than this. I explained the Rel = Author tag and some other things about Google+ which will eventually force Twitter and Facebook to change their business models.
After the MeetUp I was talking with one of the other attendees and we connected on the topic of the stock market and trading stocks. Almost two hours later we were still talking about almost everything related to our lives. We both live very similar lives in that we make our own schedules and do not have a boss, per se. We told each other several crazy stories about our lives and really connected on a different level. The ability to work at your own pace is something that is very hard to explain to anyone who has never done it.
By the time the conversation was over we decided we would grab some lunch this weekend and I would help him with SEO/Google+ and he would help me with stock trading and a few areas of his expertise. This is just another amazing person I have been connected to through Google+ and MeetUp. I would strongly suggest participating in a HIRL (Hangout in Real Life) or going to some of these MeetUps. You will be surprised how many great people are out there looking to get some help with the Plus.