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G+ is not Facebook

Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:46 AM

I saw an interesting post a day or so ago, Shane posted it and I thought it'd be worth it to post it here.

Christina Trapolino:

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When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but Iím starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I donít think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly ďsocial network,Ē and thatís why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, ďdoing it wrong.Ē

I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for ďmomsĒ and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.

But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people Iíd heard of -- and many I hadnít. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!

My friends, however, donít seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that thereís not enough content to appease them, and Iím the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think thatís a doomed approach.

Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:

Think about what you use Facebook for. If itís for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and itís definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.

Interact with content created by users you donít know personally. If you donít follow people you donít already know, youíre going to get bored, and not just because your friends arenít all here yet. Youíll get bored even after theyíve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? Iím willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friendsí thoughts all day long gets old, and letís be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.

If you like the social games on Facebook, well...youíre not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you donít like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!

I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.


Really I think they have a point on this one. Thoughts?

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Re: G+ is not Facebook

Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

Facebook is not MySpace.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:00 AM

when posting articles I think it's courteous to include a link...
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:10 AM

Cliff notes to the Lemur's wall of text
  • google+ is "Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!"
  • author's friends are doing it wrong.
  • author adds anyone to read crazy stuff and respond via the circles
  • author's friends only add people and things they know
  • author doesn't like social games
  • your way of thinking of social networks is bad.
  • social networks should be "Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally."



OP's link:
https://plus.google....sts/3knJzE9jjtG

This post has been edited by modi123_1: 12 July 2011 - 11:11 AM

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:30 AM

Facebook is the new Friendster...

Myspace is gay, and G+ is Google with Circles.
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Re: G+ is not Facebook

Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:31 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 12 July 2011 - 12:10 PM, said:

Cliff notes to the Lemur's wall of text
  • google+ is "Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!"
  • author's friends are doing it wrong.
  • author adds anyone to read crazy stuff and respond via the circles
  • author's friends only add people and things they know
  • author doesn't like social games
  • your way of thinking of social networks is bad.
  • social networks should be "Interact with content created by users you donít know personally."



OP's link:
https://plus.google....sts/3knJzE9jjtG


I wish I read this first.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:34 AM

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:36 AM

if G+ users are just social network hipsters then does that mean people who hate on G+ are hipster hipsters?
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:03 PM

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No one shows me bewbs on Google+. It's lame. My profile is like a bunch of circle jerks. Total sausage party.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:41 PM

View PostNeverPool, on 12 July 2011 - 02:34 PM, said:

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No need to repost this picture in every single thread. I've seen it at least three times here already. :lol:
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:31 PM

Shit haha meant to up rep you Sergio on an iPod so I fucked up I'll fix that :P
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:33 PM

awesome excuse!

I'll have to use that in the future... ipod, ipad, iphone... yeah, I'll have to use that.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:49 PM

I am just amused how sergio quoted the post and thus exposed me to the at comic a fourth time.
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Re: G+ is not Facebook

Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:51 PM

Modi, this one?

View PostSergio Tapia, on 12 July 2011 - 03:41 PM, said:

View PostNeverPool, on 12 July 2011 - 02:34 PM, said:

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No need to repost this picture in every single thread. I've seen it at least three times here already. :lol:

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Re: G+ is not Facebook

Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:59 PM

Indeed Google + is not Facebook, but as BenignDesign pointed out that Facebook wasn't MySpace.. The thing is, the one that is different, succeeds. People like to try something different.
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