Google+, the search giant's big push into social media, was launched in June and quickly amassed a huge user base — 10 million users two weeks after launch and 25 million just a month after. It's still has a long way to go to catch up to Facebook's 750 million users, but it's making a good start of it and is officially the fastest-growing social media site. It takes a lot of design cues from Facebook but mixes in innovations like Circles, which lets you covertly organize your friends, family, and acquaintances into groups (they will know they are in one of your Circles but they can't see which one).
A lot of very cool people in the green scene have jumped into Google+ and in the spirit of my previous pieces 10 great green Tumblr accounts you should follow and 10 green Twitterers you should follow, I proudly present 10 green writers that you should circle up with on Google+. Enjoy (and please follow Mother Nature - for the best of green inspiration).
Brad Johnson is the editor over at ThinkProgress Green and is one of my favorite smart political bloggers. He is the founder, publisher, and editor of Hill Heat, a smart blog focusing on climate change developments in Washington, D.C., and uses his Google+ account to spread good links, ask questions to his friends and followers, and share his work.
Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit.com, one of my favorite green business blogs, and was the original chief media architect and CTO at Treehugger, building the site with Graham Hill way back in 2004. Before that he worked with Nick Denton on Gawker Media blogs and has consulted with companies like Nike, SAP and MacWorld.
Tim is a prolific green blogger who has been around since 2007 when he started Ecopolitology as a place to work out ideas he was having while doing his graduate school work. He joined LiveOAK Media Network a couple years later and serves as executive editor. In addition to his work in Ecopolitology, he also holds down the editorial reins at the blog Earth & Industry.
Michael d'Estries is an OG (Original Green) blogger and was one of the first writers I followed in the green scene. He started Groovy Green way back in 2006 as a place to organize information about sustainable living and renewable energy in his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. He co-founded Ecorazzi, the now super-popular green celebrity/gossip/pop culture blog, that same year. He's one of the most prolific writers I know (check out his work here at MNN) and is a good friend.
In the world of nonprofit social media work, it's hard to find someone as well-liked and respected as Danielle Brigida. She runs social marketing at the National Wildlife Federation, a position she carved out for herself out of pure hustle. She just started doing social media work while working at the NWF in another capacity and quickly built up a large network and following. They had no other choice but to let her make social media her full-time focus.
David Anderson is founder and CEO of Important Media, previously known as Green Options Media. He started Green Options in 2006 (disclosure: I co-founded Green Options with David) and launched a site the following year that aimed to make living a greener life easier for everyone. He quickly launched other green blogs like CleanTechnica, Eat Drink Better, Gas 2.0, and Ecopreneurist. Important Media now has 21 blogs in its stable.
Dave Connell works as a marketing manager/social media guy for the Nature Conservancy and has been around the green social media scene for as long as I can remember. He's a well-followed Twitterer, blogs on the Nature Conservancy blog Cool Green Science, and helps run Planet Change, a TNC site that inspires people to take action on climate change.
Jaymi Heimbuch is one my favorite Treehugger bloggers and a talented photographer living in San Francisco. She has previously worked as managing editor at EcoGeek.org where she covered the world of green technology.
Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of "Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology." When I first starting following him, he was working as a writer for the Wired.com blog Wired Science, a site that he helped grow into one of the most popular science blogs on the Web.
Katherine Butler straddles two worlds as a writer, splitting her time and attention between her work as a green blogger and as a Hollywood television writer. She has written for NPR, Ecosalon, MNN and Riverwired.com and written scripts for the Disney Channel and USA Network.
And of course, you can find me (dipping in toes) on Google+.
Also on MNN: An introduction to Google+
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