Goodbye, Google+

I asked Google to delete my Google+ account the other day.

I did it without second thoughts, without regrets, after using the service for barely a year. Well, not really using the service. I was one of the first to join Google+ during the invite-only phase last June, but my interest quickly petered out after some early experimentation with Hangouts. Really, for the better part of the last year, I’ve mostly ignored the little “+Cyril” link at the top left of Google pages.

Yes, yes, I know. There’s nothing terribly original about criticizing Google for its desperate, almost tragic struggle to establish itself in the social networking world. It’s an open secret that Google+ is kind of awful.

Somehow, though, I thought Google would have realized the error of its ways by now. I thought it would have left Google+ to wither away quietly like Google Buzz and its other failed projects. I didn’t expect the relentless and suffocating barrage of integration and promotion efforts we’ve been subjected to in recent months. Google+ is in Gmail now, and it’s in our Google search results, too. All the trendy blogs and news sites are peppered with grey-and-red “G+1” buttons. Even the White House is staging highly publicized Hangouts with handpicked members of the public. Now, thanks to Google+, anyone with a webcam can be Joe the Plumber. How wonderful.

Putting Google+ in our e-mail and in our morning coffee and in direct telepathic streams from outer space would be fantastic—if the service had some unique, intrinsic value. It just doesn’t, though. It’s a me-too Facebook clone with a clunky interface, and the few neat things it does are like raindrops in a squalid, swirling sea of mediocrity. Google managed to make it worse with the latest redesign, which inexplicably squeezes all useful content into a tiny column on the left side of the screen. It’s sad, because Facebook hardly has the cleanest, neatest interface around. Yet Google+ manages to be uglier and more awkward to use.

I might overlook that if it were Google+’s greatest sin, but it isn’t. Google+’s greatest sin is something it can’t really atone for: everyone, and I mean everyone, is already on Facebook. My girlfriend is on Facebook, my dad is on Facebook, and my aunt is on Facebook. All of my friends are on Facebook. My cousin is on Facebook, my old high school pals are on Facebook, and my work acquaintances are on Facebook. TR’s Geoff Gasior isn’t on Facebook, but I don’t think he’s on Google+, either. His enlarged privacy gland makes him allergic to social networks.

So why, exactly, should I split my social networking activities between two services? Google+ only ever let me interact with a subset of my Facebook contacts, and that was never an exciting prospect. Never once did I think, “Oh, hey, cool link. I think I’ll share it on Google+!” Never once did I feel like adding a picture to my Google+ Stream. Facebook always provided a broader audience, a bigger sounding board, and nothing Google did ever made up for that. The Circles feature almost made me into a believer, but Facebook was quick to copy it.

To me, it seems Google is fighting a battle when the war is already lost. Google+ arrived far too late and far too long after Facebook had seeped into mainstream culture. They’d already made a movie about it, for crying out loud. All Google could ever do was try and shove Google+ down our throats in the vain hope that, eventually, the service would gain enough users to become a compelling alternative. To this day, they show no sign of letting up. I suppose sheer perseverance might eventually give them what they want. Maybe, through attrition, people will slowly flock to Google+ and share their baby pictures and birthday messages in that infuriatingly thin content column. Maybe they’ll revel in daily Hangouts with old friends from far away.

But probably not. And I hope it never happens.

Don’t get me wrong; I wish Google all the best. However, Google already has the number-one search engine, the number-one webmail, the number-one mapping service, and the number-one a lot of things. Its Android platform has grown into an unstoppable juggernaut, and it has access to a downright frightening amount of personal user data. Google doesn’t need the number-one social network (or even a major one) on top of it all. It doesn’t need that, and it shouldn’t have that.

Obvious antitrust and Big Brother concerns aside, I think there’s just something fundamentally healthy about companies picking their battles and playing to their strengths. Apple gets it, Facebook gets it, and I wish Google got it, too. When big tech firms over-diversify, it leads to sad, shameful things like Zune and Bing, which exist not because someone said, “We can do it better,” but because someone said, “We can do it, too.” When big tech firms over-diversify, it makes them into lumbering giants who stop serving us and start smothering us with mediocrity. Competition serves us when great ideas compete with other great ideas, not when old companies enter new markets just because they can.

Google, please, just be happy with what you have. Just do a really good job of being Google. If you do, you might find that your users’ desires begin to take precedence over yours. You might find that, although you’d love to compete with Facebook, your users aren’t really into that. You might find that, since everyone already uses Facebook, maybe they’d just like to see it better integrated with your services. And why not? People use Facebook for the same reason that people use Gmail and Google Maps; it’s the best service, and using the best service is always the path of least resistance.

Google+ is not the best service. Using Google+ is not the path of least resistance, and having Google+ waved in our faces day in, day out won’t change that.

Comments closed
    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    It has occurred to me, “I’m not on X social network” is the new “I don’t even own a TV” of elitist turds. :p

    • cphite
    • 7 years ago

    Why does it have to be the best anything?

    Obviously Facebook has a huge advantage in terms of user base; and I would agree that it’s got the edge in terms of design – but there are people using Google+ and the number seems to be growing, even if very slowly.

    It does what they set out to do – it gives them a small piece of the social networking market.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    Social network websites are irrelevant.
    You can everything you do with them with other methods, without running the risk of being spyed upon in such a high degree.

      • barleyguy
      • 7 years ago

      The word you’re looking for is “redundant”, not “irrelevant”. Because, while social networking is functionally redundant, it’s not at all irrelevant to our society.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    I was on FB for two years, but noticed to much odd things.
    Than I quit.
    Not easy.
    Try it.

    • moog
    • 7 years ago

    If you want facebook integration, you can use bing.

    I don’t think it’s possible for Google to partner with any major software company as equals.

    I’ve wondered why everyone in the industry hates Google? Is it their big chip on their shoulder or business strategy – I don’t know, but Microsoft and Apple always seem to be on the opposite side of the table – and they’re both good with Facebook which uses a similar business strategy. It’s strange, I think something is off with Google’s leadership.

    • Dissonance
    • 7 years ago

    [i<]TR's Geoff Gasior isn't on Facebook, but I don't think he's on Google+, either. His enlarged privacy gland makes him allergic to social networks.[/i<] Has nothing to do with privacy... I'm just anti-social 😉 It's really more about not wanting yet another reason to sit in front of my computer. I see my real friends in person, and we communicate just fine over IM and email. I also own a shirt that reads "Your Facebook friends don't actually like you."

    • C10 250
    • 7 years ago

    I myself just deactivated my facebook account less than a week before they went public. I hadn’t even been paying attention and did not even know anything about making their financial change at the time hadn’t even heard the news until it had already happened.
    I simply found found facebook to be overall irrealevent to me (not to mention I found what I thought to be a nasty virus, to actually be some stupid extention in my Chrome browser I had installed because of facebook. What the hell ever happened to people just posting imbedded youtube videos! Why do I have to allow a whole other social network just to see somvestupid video a stupid friiend of mine thought was funny!) Before I deactivated facebok I left a parting message to all my friends:

    “I’ve found things here to be too overwhelming. I’m going to a place where I can hear myself think and be alone with my thoughts…Google+”

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      [i<]"I'm going to a place where I can hear myself think and be alone with my thoughts...Google+"[/i<] Back in my day we just called this thinking.

    • AntiSp4wn
    • 7 years ago

    My longest standing frustration with this site, as a long time reader, is that you guys don’t have a G+ share link on your stories.

    Anyways, it sounds like you never really understood what Google+ is/was: it’s the integration of all of their products, a social layer that unites what had been previously very separate ventures. And I would argue that it is in every way superior to Facebook today–except that it has less users. But in fairness it’s adoption rate has been exceptional, and it’s hardly been out for a year.

    You tried to make the point that everyone and their mom is on Facebook and that’s Google+’s greatest sin, but you miss the point that everyone and their mom is searching Google a dozen times a day as well. G+ improves Google search. As someone who uses G+ as my main social network I have seen many scenarios in which my search results have been greatly improved by the personalized results.

    Sidenote: there’s like a dozen services/extensions/etc. out there that allow you to post to one social network and have it auto-posted to your other networks.

    • moresmarterthanspock
    • 7 years ago

    Googles first mistake at world domination is, well, trying to dominate the world. Not saying google anti-competetive like so many other companies, but to me, they are still evil. Ever heard of google street cars? Yeah, evil, and I doubt they would grant my request to remove the pictures of my house from the internet. To me, google is stalkerish, knowing more about me than I probably can remember about myself. I have opted out of all my google services, including my gmail account. I use a paid email service now. I try to keep my google presence to a minimum, but even then, they find ways to get my data.

    • jpostel
    • 7 years ago

    The first rule of G+ is nobody talks about G+

    • izmanq
    • 7 years ago

    er, so now some one deleting his google+ is news ? 😐

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      No. It is, however, a blog post.

    • ULYXX
    • 7 years ago

    I actually forgot completely I have Google+ till i read this blog. I deleted facebook already, might as well throw* G+ into the furnace too.

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    And Facebook really, really sucks from a UI perspective (at least). It’s clunky, hard to locate items (especially when they re-tool their design every 6 months) has multiple “home” pages which adds to the confusion, vexing restrictions on what can be edited and how, and the automated help menu has no backup customer service center.

    One of the reasons it seems to have beat Myspace was because it was simple, elegant, and restricted to “adults.” People thought Myspace was too teen-oriented and had too much clutter. Facebook still has heavy restrictions on content editing, but the UI is clunky and the interface is confusing.

    • kalelovil
    • 7 years ago

    I’d rather Google+ stayed around to at least provide some competitive pressure on Facebook so that they don’t choose to monetise everything.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    Google plus has issues but nothing on par with what you describe relative to its age.

    • Visigoth
    • 7 years ago

    Well, I hate all “social” network sites, but Google+ is O.K. That thing above though, that’s just sad. I didn’t come to TechReport to read about other people’s rants. For that there’s a million other sites.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a blog, doofus.

        • ULYXX
        • 7 years ago

        I dont know why… but the word “doofus” always makes me laugh a little.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          i’m a huge fan of “dingus”

            • mutarasector
            • 7 years ago

            Nah, ‘dingus’ sounds too close to ‘dingleberry’. ‘doofus’, OTOH sounds kind of like a toenail fungus..

            I kinda prefer ‘goober’. <g>

    • wiak
    • 7 years ago

    the latest design is horrible, i liked it before the current, it was then more useful to go around the layout

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 years ago

    [quote] it leads to sad, shameful things like Zune and Bing [quote]

    Hey! I like Bing. I use Bing as my number one search engine and have been very happy with it.

    I also don’t trust Google. At all. Although I don’t trust Microsoft much more, at least they have other revenue streams that provides me with a bit of comfort. But not much more.

      • RickyTick
      • 7 years ago

      and while Zune was a failed venture, it was/is an superb device.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Unless all failed ventures result in bad devices…but then you might be eaten by Dreamcast fanboys.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          You might just get eaten by one. The Dreamcast was a spectacular device. I still love the Dreamcast version of Crazy Taxi over all the other re-releases because it retained the original arcade version’s voices and real-life destinations like Tower Records and KFC.

          I’m a huge Sega fanboy, though.

            • wizardz
            • 7 years ago

            i love my zune, and i love my dreamcast (still plays crazy taxi with the significant other)

            zune is the multimedia device in the car. still works like a champ after a couple of years ( not like the “other” devices that i’ve had)

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        It looked like somebody my grandpa would be. That is, 60 years ago.

        • cphite
        • 7 years ago

        I’ve owned my Zune for about five years now and it’s an awesome device. The sound is better than my iPod; the controls are better; it’s far more durable; and the software is *much* better than iTunes. What killed the Zune was lack of any real marketing effort.

        As for Bing, I don’t personally use it but it does have something like 30% of the search engine market, second only to Google; not sure how that translates into sad and shameful.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      I tried to use Bing for about 4 months, it gave worse results than google even for common or what I felt were obvious searches (an easy example search google and bing for “Brazil”, only google returns results for the movie on the 1st page).

      You might be happy with Bing, but it’s a worse product.

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Boil down:

    FB came first
    FB has more people (heck it basically has all the people)
    G+ is too integrated
    G+ is more awkward to use
    Google already has enough personal data
    Google already has enough success
    You don’t want to duplicated efforts on both G+ and FB

    I can understand the second point and last point but I think the rest are BS.

    There’s only one reason to be on FB – everyone is already on FB. Other than that, FB has made enough security and privacy blunders to be totally avoided. And it’s interface is certainly in no way simpler or less awkward than G+ – to say so is just daft.

      • RealPjotr
      • 7 years ago

      Why I’m leaving Facebook – The New Yorker:

      [url<]http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/05/leaving-facebookistan.html?printable=true[/url<]

    • mightymightyme
    • 7 years ago

    I think the real problem is the integration. That’s the moment that they G+ went from being curiously interesting straight to annoying. I didn’t have any malice towards G+ when it showed up, I didn’t really find a use for it besides hangouts, but it was fine. Then it started showing up in my email, which I didn’t want there, and that made it irritating. You think they would have learned that from Buzz. The worst was when it showed up at the top of your search results, which never produced a desirable result, and now I hate G+. Instead of the slow growth they might have achieved as the service grew and matured, they forced it down our throats and lost any goodwill they might have had.

    • Hattig
    • 7 years ago

    Twitter: great.
    Facebook: Annoying, but everyone is on it.
    Google+: Useless

    Facebook app for Android: Absolutely useless piece of utter crud that is probably just an embedded web browser accessing a mobile site, meaning no caching of content, every action loses everything, and using it when travelling is fraught with slowness or “data connection lost” messages.

    Google+ app for Android: Excellent

    • crsh1976
    • 7 years ago

    Google admitted they were late to the social networking game and G+, while perfectly able, just came too late.

    I still think they could have achieved great things with it thanks to its integration with Google services had it not been so late, but in this case no amount of features can fix bad timing.

    • hasseb64
    • 7 years ago

    If Google want to succeed now is the moment to strike, FACEBOOK will show its “ugly greedy stock market profit face” now when they are on the market and all investors wants profits FAST.
    Honeymoon is over for all of us who have used Facebook for free.
    Want to socialize in the future? Call them; a phone call beats everything else.

      • jss21382
      • 7 years ago

      Nah…Facebook just took the market for all they could, there aren’t enough shares out there to influence the direction of the company, they only offered up 15% of the company if you include employee stock options, any shareholder opinions will be easily crushed.

      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      I think talking face to face still beats phone calls by a long shot, but that’s just me.

      Bad sound quality and no facial/visual cues isn’t really an ideal way to communicate (unless it’s someone you really don’t want to know anyway)

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    i’m not sure i’d compare bing and zune. zune was a failure, despite being excellent. bing controls almost 30% of the market, and is far and away the largest after google. bing also consistently grows market share. that’s hardly the same at all.

    [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bing_(search_engine)#Market_share[/url<]

    • Wirko
    • 7 years ago

    As a heavy SN non-user among you, users and non-users alike, I’d really like to hear other people’s opinion on LinkedIn. It’s the only network that I’m even remotely considering to join.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      great password security!

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      I just closed my LinkedIn account.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        That’s not an opinion.

          • Firestarter
          • 7 years ago

          No it isn’t. But considering that I could type up a lengthy post here about how I don’t like service X because of reasons Y and Z, and end it with “But I still use it anyway”, don’t you think that saying “I stopped using X” gives a better idea of my real opinion? Not that I can really articulate how I did not like LinkedIn other than “I didn’t like it and didn’t really use it”.

    • extrasalty
    • 7 years ago

    We have a bumper sticker here in Vegas :
    “When you leave Las Vegas, do us all a favor and take some one with you”

    • shank15217
    • 7 years ago

    I really hated how google shoves google+ in your face with picasa. Picasa web album was awesome because you could upload pics then share them with anybody with a link. Now if you have google+ Picaase wants to upload to google+ album and you have to share the damn thing using that service which others may not have. What the hell google? You cant shove a service down people’s throats.. Why not allow both web albums and google+ albums seamlessly then as people move over to google+ it will become more relevant.

    • Jambe
    • 7 years ago

    If your metric for “quality” is the amount of users/customers, then sure, G+ isn’t as “good” as Facebook. That’s a pretty bs-ey populist metric, though. Personally, I find the interface and functionality of G+ more useful and its SNR is much more manageable. But tbh I don’t use either service much at all, because they’re more annoyances than beneficial utilities most of the time.

    For now, it seems Google+ and Facebook will coexist, with G+ being the considerably smaller also-ran. I’m fine with that. I’m not sure I like your implication that, because Facebook is already dominant, nobody else should try. In fact, [i<]screw that idea[/i<]. This is tangential, but I'm also not sure Facebook (or any internet service, tbh) is dominant now because of particularly skillful craftsmanship or vision on the part of its proprietors. There's a tendency among people talking about "entrepreneurship" to take on a libertarian/free-market-idealist hogwash conceptualization of success — that the peoples/entities on top got their via an epic, valorous and eminently respectable bootstrap-tugging struggle. It seems to me that luck has a helluva lot to do with success in this world. Henry Ford was good on that topic...

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      The point of social media is to connect you with other people.

      G+ does a worse job of this than Facebook, so it’s worse. Any secondary considerations are extremely minor by comparison.

      Also, like Cyril says, G+ is not even significantly better at anything.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t use social networks but the only real complaint I had with Google + is that it requires you to have a real name. Technically so does Facebook, but they don’t enforce it very well. Pseudonyms should be an internet right.

    Also, I shouldn’t have to contact customer service to prove that my name is in fact real to register an account with an unusual name.

      • ClickClick5
      • 7 years ago

      For facebook, it is identity theft if you use a name that is not yours.

      I created a G+ in hopes to kill off facebook. Do I use the G+? Nope.
      I don’t do the social sites. Never really felt the urge to “post” things.

    • normalicy
    • 7 years ago

    I actually spend quite a bit of time no Google+ myself. I belong to a number of circles & can spend hours there. I use it in a totally different way that I use facebook. Facebook is where I hang with my close friends & relatives. Google+ has enabled me to hang with a number of well respected celebrities (and they actually use their account for personal purposes) & like minded thinkers. I also appreciate how Google+ is a well rounded service. I don’t think that Google is relying on it to become a facebook. They are using it to tie all the rest of their services together & that’s cool in my opinion.

      • faramir
      • 7 years ago

      I “hang” with my close friends in the local pub (etc.). I ignore everybody else who cannot be bothered to take some of their “off-line” time to meet with me in person.

        • funko
        • 7 years ago

        try that with people in multiple states/countries, all with busy schedules and jobs that take up 50-100hrs/week

    • omf
    • 7 years ago

    Not that I think Google+ has much of a chance against Facebook right now, but keep in mind that everyone was on AOL at one time, too…

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]TR's Geoff Gasior isn't on Facebook, but I don't think he's on Google+, either. [/quote<] +1 to Geoff then! Let us Social Network Rejects unite! uh, somehow.

      • Klanky
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      If only there were websites dedicated to meeting up with people that have similar interests…

        • Corrado
        • 7 years ago

        Isn’t the TechReport forum/comments a sort of social network? People meet up every year, we all make comments to each other personally that may or may not have to do with the subject at hand, etc.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          and some of us find love….

            • Corrado
            • 7 years ago

            We all love YOU SSK.

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            Your TR acount is hereby revoked, and we forthwith banish thee. Thou art banished, foul knave; begone!

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            quit pretending you don’t too. I know you do. those sweet things you sent me over skype weren’t lies. nor were those pictures…. ♥

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            no, but the pictures were PhotoShops.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          ok, seriously, is my sarcasm transmitter broken?

        • Philldoe
        • 7 years ago

        “If only there were websites dedicated to meeting up with people that have similar interests and didn’t collect and share our personal information with random people/companies/websites/advertisers”

        There I fixed that for you.

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        You mean like [url=http://www.fitness-singles.com<]Fitness Singles[/url<]? Geoff's a pretty active guy after all, perhaps he's eschewing the more pedestrian social sites for those a bit more Specialized (yes, that was a bad bike pun).

      • Chandalen
      • 7 years ago

      No desire to use either Google+ or facebook. Horray for being a Social Network Reject!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        …and then brag about it.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Count me in as well. Never signed up for Facebook or Google+ and have zero interest. MSN messenger and TR is as social as I get.

        • nanoflower
        • 7 years ago

        I’m the same. I couldn’t get into Facebook once I knew they cared little for your privacy. My online socializing consists of a few web sites like this one, a few channels on IRC, and a few newsgroups on Usenet.

      • Wirko
      • 7 years ago

      I would +1 you like you +1ed Geoff but +1ing is a common behaviour of FB or G+ users, so no.

      Gosh, I just used +1 as a verb. Thrice.

    • brute
    • 7 years ago

    I made a google+, and then I forgot it existed. I doubt I’ll even bother deleting it.

      • zimpdagreene
      • 7 years ago

      I agree. Its late…………

    • KikassAssassin
    • 7 years ago

    I actually love Google+ and I use it all the time, but that’s mostly because all my friends jumped onto it so I have a big active community of friends to interact with on there. At the same time, my extended family, coworkers, and people I barely remember from high school are NOT on there, which IMO is huge positive aspect. It’s just a place online where my friends can all hang out online without having endless streams of baby pictures and terrible political opinions shoved into our faces every day. I’ve all but stopped using Facebook, because there’s way too low a signal to noise ratio on my Facebook feed.

    I’m sure Google+ would be boring if you don’t know many people who use it, but I’m glad Google’s keeping it around, and I hope they continue to, because otherwise my friends and I would have to find a new service to use to hang out online.

      • bcronce
      • 7 years ago

      All of my non-geeks friends like the G+ interface A LOT more than Facebook, but they can’t stand how few friends they have, then they hate updating FB and G+.

      They all wish FB would just go away and G+ take over, but that won’t happen without a long fight.

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    You don’t really get it,Google isn’t going after social for fun,they just have to or they might be locked out.FB is a walled garden and the more crap users have inside it,the less time they spend outside.If FB becomes the internet inside the internet it can kill Google and Amazon and many others (M$ included if FB makes it’s own OS).FB is also competing with Google for advertising money and Google can’t just bend over and take it,they got to try something.
    FB is there and is big but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beaten or that it will have a long life,Yahoo was there,AOL was there and it’s easy to decline.- FB at this time is vulnerable in mobile and if they fail at it ,it could very well lead to it’s demise.
    As for everybody being on FB,that’s not true,in the US a large majority has an account,using it more or less, but globally the picture is very different (there are actual numbers in the IPO prospectus if you care to check).
    About how much data Google has on it’s users,FB has a lot more personal data. Google is evil ..here and there ,FB might be a lot worse. Google has more mature leaders and ,for what is worth,Sergey Brin ,due to his russian origins ,is not a fan of abusive govs.
    It is true,however,that lately Google has been disappointing,Google Music,Google Drive are me too products and we expect more from Google.Gmail made it by offering a lot of storage for the time,Drive offers next to nothing when Baidu ,for example, offers 300GB with it’s phones.

    PS: never had a FB or G+ acc and do note that i am not arguing that G+ is any good

      • Namarrgon
      • 7 years ago

      The essential point here is spot-on. G+ exists, like Android before it, largely as an attempt to provide a viable alternative to the locked-down market leader.

      It doesn’t have to be number one, and I mostly hope it never is – but I very much hope it doesn’t fail completely. Facebook cannot be allowed to Balkanise the internet any further.

        • Wirko
        • 7 years ago

        Greetings from the Balkans, I can only wish there were as many large social networks out there as there are countries in this part of the world.

      • Joe Miller
      • 7 years ago

      Excellent thoughts.
      And greetings from the Balkans to the other posters below.

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      FaceBook has the potential to become a walled in internet but it’s nowhere near it now.

      my first thoughts while reading the article were that Google+ is necessary as an option, Facebook is entering a very clumsy and risky phase in it’s existence, it went public with no substantive plan on how to monetize itself….. this can’t last and FaceBook is likely 3 bad decisions away from becoming MySpace depending how much momentum builds, the world loves perceived underdogs and FaceBook is the monopoly awaiting competition.

      Google should keep promoting Google+ and bide it’s time, FaceBook on the other hand sorta needs Google+ to improve and remain wary, at least they know the face of their perceived enemy atm.

      p.s. I don’t have a FaceBook or an Google+ account, no interest.

      • FireGryphon
      • 7 years ago

      Reading your first few sentences made me think of how AOL used to be back in the 90’s.

    • Washer
    • 7 years ago

    I deleted my Facebook account about two years ago now, I deleted my Google+ account as soon as it was forced on to me (I’m not sure when that happened, but it did). I have no desire for a social network like Facebook or Google+. I use email to communicate and keep up with friends, works wonderfully and without all the numerous draw backs of Facebook/Google+.

    On this note however, I do use Twitter. I actually really enjoy Twitter and check it often. I think a lot of people still misunderstand it and have impressions that are simply not accurate that formed from terrible coverage of the service early on. I follow writers and comedians for the most part and that alone makes it worth keeping an account, not to mention you don’t have to give your anonymity or deal with shady tactics of Google and Facebook.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Damn straight!
    I couldn’t agree more.

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