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(Network World)   Even Google's CEO has been scared away from Ghost Town+   ( divider line
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6707 clicks; posted to Geek » on 24 Jun 2012 at 9:47 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-24 04:55:00 PM  
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If I posted personal pictures (almost) none of my friends are there to view them. But I spend _much_ more time on Google+ than Facebook.

Why? I can follow people (400+ right now) - mostly software people, Android geeks, political pundits, etc. It's more like a one-stop blog rather than a 'social' site. Instead of clicking through 10-20 different blogs, I get everything in one stream. And the comments on the posts are generally pretty high quality -- it's attracted a pretty smart crowd so far. Call me crazy, but a good discussion about the last Amazon EC2 outage is more interesting to me than 'Bobby Joe likes Starbucks'.

I think a lot of people are turned off when they sign-in and go, where are all my friends? That's the thing -- it's not about friends! Find a topic you're interested in, find people that are influential on that topic and add them to your 'Following' circles. Or add an entire circle, Google has made this really easy by allowing others to package and publish their circles -- so if someone has a circle named 'Landscape photographers', you can start following them all at once.

So stop judging it like it's Facebook. It's comparing apples to oranges.
2012-06-24 03:32:23 PM  
1 vote:
Gee, you mean threatening to take away someone's personal email account isn't a good way to launch a social network? Color me shocked!
2012-06-24 01:35:04 PM  
1 vote:
Even Google's CEO has been scared away from Ghost Town+

I'm sure his mystery illness has nothing to do with it...
2012-06-24 11:12:09 AM  
1 vote:
The only two or three people I know that regularly use Google+ are socially inept assholes. Just the type I don't wish to keep up with. I created a profile, but I can't see myself ever really using it. It is sad too that I don't know if Facebook or Google is less trustworthy.
2012-06-24 10:30:20 AM  
1 vote:
I know they have to beta test somehow, but I think they screwed it up by limiting the invitations too much or for too long. Anyone who was really excited about joining couldn't get in until the excitement faded a bit, and those people's non-tech-geek friends, who weren't particularly inclined to join, never did, because by the time it was easy to join, the people who got into the beta were already bored because none of their friends were on, and it had the reputation of a ghost town.

They're competing against networks where everyone can communicate with all of their friends already. The product isn't going to be appealing if it doesn't provide a similar level of interaction right from the start. Getting people to join would be hard enough, without telling people they can't join.

Also, the mobile support initially sucked, and the last time I used the app it was slow as hell. If they could have succeeded anywhere, it would be in not being as bloated as Facebook (similar to how Facebook originally was compared to Myspace).
2012-06-24 10:19:10 AM  
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Google bungled this at the start. I personally find myself irrationally unable to "join" Google+ because of the crap they pulled when it launched.

I realize they aren't going to kill my accounts and make my Google e-mail and other account features inactive over some minor slight (or in error) to their TOS, but I still don't want to risk it.
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