Google+ Whine

I honestly feel like Google Plus is very gimmicky. I think FB and Twitter were successful because they occupied a niche and their usage developed over time, as driven by how users chose to use them. @replies, retweets, #hashtags, link shortening, ccing, follow Friday — these were all user initiatives.

It’s a matter of giving people a certain constraint and people getting very creative within these constraints. People really weren’t sure how to use Twitter when it came out but it’s certainly come of age.

I think comparing follower counts between Twitter and Google+  is a really silly way to judge the success of a social media platform.  Every jerk-off “social media guru” has said how their Google+ follow count far outpaced their Twitter account.  But what do I see on Google+ now? I see people mostly complaining about Google+ or posting articles about it.  What do I see on my Facebook? I see political activism, events for political action. On Twitter? Egyptians talking to each other, coordinating political action, sharing links. Google+ will eventually mature (or die), but thus far they are telling users what they should use the platform for, which doesn’t work.

  • Micah Uetricht

    I don’t necessarily disagree with you in general, but I do think that it’s unfair to compare what we’re seeing on G+ in its infancy with what we currently see on Facebook. What did you see on FB in its early stages? Groups like “Those apples are ‘red delicious’? More like red not-so-delicious!”, complaints about Facebook itself when they introduced the feed, melodramatic complaints about the minutiae of their daily lives. It eventually evolved to what it is now. There’s no reason G+ can’t do the same.

    I don’t think G+ is going to usurp Twitter. The latter may not be perfect, but, as you said, people have latched onto it and become extremely creative with their uses of it. Currently, it seems superior to G+ in a lot of key ways that aren’t going to change. Facebook, on the other hand, might be in for a run for its money.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I agree. It’ll need some time to mature. But the gist is that it may not see much usage to actually mature. Almost a paradox of choice thing — if I am not forced to do something the FB or Twitter way, but can use it to do whatever, then why would I move away from FB or Twitter?

      I could see it supplanting Facebook, although I think technologically there is a long way to go. Like there should be things it does better than Facebook. I like the Picasa integration, so that’s one thing.

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