Why I keep forgetting about Google+

This is a follow up to my previous blog post, which is purely speculative as I didn’t have an invite yet.

A few weeks ago, I finally got into the super exclusive (or not so much) club that is Google+. Like any shiny new toy I played with it for about three hours until my eyes were too heavy too keep open, and there was just nothing left to play with. The invite that I received from Google+ was addressed to my work email (which is not a @gmail.com address). This prompted me to create a new gmail address, that linked up with my work email (weird I know). This is not an email address that I plan on hooking up to my phone, mainly because I already have about 5. All this to say, I don’t get the email notifications right away when someone +1’s my post or adds me to their circles, so it’s relatively easy for me to forget about it.

There are some people who instinctively get Google+ – these are usually the people with ginormous followings in social media anyways, so it makes sense that they like it so much. They belong to 45,000 circles, but they get to exclude the people that they don’t care about. I get it too, don’t get me wrong – but I keep forgetting that I have it. One of the biggest advantages to Google+ is the ability to have real conversations around the content that you share – but I don’t find myself sharing anything (aside from the occasional blog post). Then there is Hangouts – for people who like to video chat in the first place, which I don’t. I don’t feel the need for someone to see me when they’re talking to me – that way I can be in PJ’s with no makeup on but people can assume I’m wearing a suit or something. So, video chatting: not for me.

 There’s something about this network that makes me feel very anti social, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe I’m not famous enough – so people don’t want to include me in their circles. So far only 13 people have added me, that’s pretty lame if you ask me. For someone who has over 400 Facebook friends and over 550 Twitter followers – it certainly beats down my social ego. This might not be a bad thing, but it certainly doesn’t make me want to visit Google+. Not to mention, it is a “sausage fest”  with 74% males, out of which 24% are engineers. Maybe it can replace eHarmony or something.

I have never been one to care so much about my privacy on the internet – not that it doesn’t matter to me, I just don’t care about it. If I share something, I want to share with everybody who has eyes, so I don’t see the need to limit what I’m sharing to certain groups of people. I have a LOT of photo’s on Facebook, and that’s exactly where I like them. I don’t plan on transporting them to Google+ because my Facebook network matters more to me at this point.

Today, Google+ released their iPhone app, but I have a Blackberry. I’ve forgotten about that already.

My final complaint/guilty pleasure of Google+ is Tom Anderson, everybody’s first friend on Myspace. He is obsessed with Google+ – really, he is obsessed. He is one of the most popular people on Google+ for reasons which are still unknown to me – maybe it’s out of humor, maybe it’s because he STILL has that picture from his Myspace profile 10 years ago, maybe it’s because he’s so bitter towards Facebook & Twitter for ruining his life, maybe it’s because he shares cool things – I don’t know. Either way, he’s probably the worst and best thing to happen to my “stream”, sort of reminiscent to Jersey Shore and how it’s awful but so addictive at the same time. That’s it – He’s the Snooki of Google+.

Do you use Google+ often? Why?

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5 comments

  1. Taariq Lewis · July 19, 2011

    Funny article! I’m currently using Google+ as a promotion platform for our blog. I consider it like Tumblr and LiveJournal, an extended blog that I can share with folks from my network. However, given narrow focus on sales and marketing, may post mostly insights for those groups.

    Otherwise, the fragmentation of SoMe means I have to be even more focused on where I spend my attention or have it be wasted on a new toy!

    • Marissa Gagnier · July 19, 2011

      Since they don’t have their business profiles live yet, I’m only using it for myself – and as you can see, there’s not much value there 🙂

  2. melgallant · July 19, 2011

    I’m still trying to figure Google+ out and how to use it effectively. I already have an entrenched process for connecting with others via Twitter, FB, Instagram, my blog…so figuring how Google+ fits into the equation is going to take some time.

    • Marissa Gagnier · July 19, 2011

      I definitely think it needs time to evolve – and we as social media people need time to adapt to the changes being thrust upon us. It takes a long time to feel out different social networks & what you can use them for. Time will tell I suppose 🙂

  3. Hendrik Pape · July 20, 2011

    I’ve been using Google+ for a few weeks now but my honest first impression is that it’s a bloated version of Twitter that has video chat. Everyone has been saying that Google+ could spell the end for Facebook but I beg to differ. I don’t believe that Google+ will spell the end for any existing social network. Some of the cons to G+ is that it doesn’t have a smartphone app that will work for me. I’m a Blackberry user but I have an iPod Touch 3, neither of which support Google+. On the iTouch I can access G+ via Safari but it’s a very limited scaled down version of the network. I’m not one for video chat so as with Marissa that does nothing for me. I’m going to continue to evaluate and see how it develops, I’m looking forward to their business profiles, I’ve already requested one for myself for when they are released. Until then you can find me on Twitter @hendrikpape or on Facebook at facebook.com/hendrikpape 🙂

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