Does Google PLUS really add to our world? Comment WordPress (1) Facebook () Google+ One Response Anders Hansson I have been “plussing it” with Google for approx 1 month now, and so far its not exactly something to write home about. It got some nifty slide-and-drop effects that makes adding people easier, but so far its very low on interaction in my opinion. Maybe that’s just down to the low subscriber uptake right now… I’m certainly not about to “switch,” like a facebook acquaintance of mine did, deactivating his FB and taking the plunge into the (almost) empty pool of Googlers. So far, Google hasn’t really come up with anything ground-breaking new, its just re-packaging. Lists have become Circles, which to their credit is better way of explaining a privacy setting template than calling it a list or group. I know not all Facebookers subscribe to the idea that you only have real-life friends (who’d you recognise in the street and would vouch for to babysit your sister’s kids), as facebook friends. With Google you are actually encouraged to “follow” strangers you find interesting, ironically Google’s Bradley Horowitz is quoted as saying “In real life, we have walls and windows and I can speak to you knowing who’s in the room” so why then, is Google+ encouraging us to stand outside an interesting stranger’s window and spy? I’d rather the stranger came to my front door and asked to be admitted as my friend. At least then, if I don’t approve, I know who to block from viewing my content. The “friends’ friends” Facebook privacy setting has been re-branded “Extended Circles”, and there is indeed a “share with the whole world” shoutbox setting, which Horowitz seems to suggest is one of Facebook’s achilles heels? Of course, at the moment, Google+’s world is inhabited by only a tiny fraction of Facebook’s world! Time will tell if this is Facebook’s undoer, but with only 5% of my Facebook friends using Google, 279 photo albums to transfer, nearly a hundred video clips to re-upload, approx one thousand Notes to “+1″ and over three thousand status updates; shedding a hard earned on-line identity and personal brand, for a blank template, isn’t quite as appealing to a 40-something professional, as it probably will be to those cybercreatures masquarding behind fake personas, with all to gain and nothing to loose. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) July 30, 2011 at 8:58 am Click here to cancel reply.