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(Boston.com)   Still like Google+? I bet you also still think Obama is doing a good job   (boston.com) divider line 12
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2014-05-05 05:19:37 PM  
2 votes:
Take away the idea that Google+ is supposed to be a Facebook killer and look at it more as a casual social network, and you know what? Google+ is actually a pretty good service. I use it to back up my photos, and I like that I can follow people without expecting to be followed in return, or that I can be followed without having to friend someone I don't know. It's like a nice combination of Facebook, Twitter and Flickr in one package.

The issue with Google+ is that it's a solution in need of a problem to solve, much like previous Google attempts at social media. Google's best social media product, Google Reader, was an accident that Google couldn't figure out how to monetize, so it's gone now. Google Wave was interesting, but hard to understand, and Orkut actually has had quite a following outside the US, even if its present day form leaves a lot to be desired.
2014-05-05 05:05:58 PM  
2 votes:
FTA -if you know anything about Google+, you know that the people who use it are not exactly the influencers of their day. They're the folks who cling hopelessly to any passing social media fad and, when that fad dies, continue to shout their meaningless messages out into the emptiness of the abandoned space left behind.

Or maybe they like making comments on YouTube or the free video chat client.
2014-05-05 04:04:09 PM  
2 votes:
I find myself no longer able to read anything that uses the term, "millenials."
2014-05-05 07:51:34 PM  
1 votes:
img.fark.net
2014-05-05 07:19:14 PM  
1 votes:
I was a very early adopter of Google+, and to this day, i still don't understand what the heck it is.

i figure ultimately, its just another tactic to cull data about a user.
2014-05-05 06:56:01 PM  
1 votes:

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: That has the smarmy tone of every apple addict saying "Nobody likes Samsung phones, they aren't popular! They aren't anywhere nearly as good as my iPhone! Stop liking them"


Who actually says that?

/nobody
2014-05-05 06:06:00 PM  
1 votes:

Coder: I know it's cool to hate on G+ and make tumbleweed and Google-employees-only jokes, but once they added events (which was sorely lacking in the original release), Google+ was the best of the social network sites.


Well, other than the lack of a society to socialize with.

Okay, snark aside, the major problem that I had with G+ was the insistent way that Google kept trying to push it. And make no mistake, I'm just shy of being a complete Google fanboi. I'm usually the first in a thread to defend the company and I genuinely love the hell out of most of their products.

What I found puzzling about their efforts to get people to use G+ is that is seemed like they had utterly forgot what made Gmail so popular. When Gmail came out, they  knew they had a good product and were willing to let word of mouth (and restricted invites) generate the buzz that brought people over.

With G+, it's like they didn't think that they could get anyone interested in it unless they trapped users into using it. It was a hideously clumsy strategy that did more to drive people away from the rest of the Google line than it did to draw people into using G+. I still don't understand why they thought that this would be a good idea.
2014-05-05 05:43:30 PM  
1 votes:
If you're gonna do social media, Google+ has a much better interface and has many more capabilities than Facebook.  For a company that supposedly values its programmers, FB still looks as shiatty now as it did five years ago.

Then again, the same could be said of Fark. :(
2014-05-05 05:42:51 PM  
1 votes:
I know it's cool to hate on G+ and make tumbleweed and Google-employees-only jokes, but once they added events (which was sorely lacking in the original release), Google+ was the best of the social network sites. Like with search, Chrome, etc. Google came late, but great, to the party. Unlike search, Chrome, etc. social networking isn't something you can come late to and still expect people to switch too, unless you're fairly sure they'll do it in big enough numbers to hit critical mass. I guess they expected that with all the whining and moaning Facebook users do every time Facebook makes a change they hate, that people would welcome something better. They underestimated the massive Stockholm Syndrome on FB. It's a pity, because user-base aside, Google+ beats the shiat out of Facebook.

/mumble mumble why we can't have nice things
//get off my lawn
2014-05-05 05:24:24 PM  
1 votes:

paswa17: FTA -if you know anything about Google+, you know that the people who use it are not exactly the influencers of their day. They're the folks who cling hopelessly to any passing social media fad and, when that fad dies, continue to shout their meaningless messages out into the emptiness of the abandoned space left behind.

Or maybe they like making comments on YouTube or the free video chat client.


You have an excellent point there.
2014-05-05 05:17:36 PM  
1 votes:
FTA -Most of these are a wash, with Facebook coming in tied exactly and most of the others showing the parties within five percent of each other.

I hate bad math. 4 of the 8 social media platforms not named 'Facebook' were within 5 percent of each other. That's not "most".

In a relative scale, Google+ isn't even the most dramatically different. At 52%-36%, it is the largest empirical difference, but Tumblr is 18%-7%.
2014-05-05 05:01:33 PM  
1 votes:
Geek tab?

Couldn't find the politics tab?

lordargent.com
 
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