How Boring Is Google+?

Google is Awkward - The Anti-Social MediaI’m bored with Google+. Seriously, what’s happening with it? What is supposed to compel me, the user, to spend a minute and load up the website and then go through all the crap my “friends” posted?

I’m already doing that all day long on Facebook and Twitter. Now you want me to add another place to do that? Sheesh.

As far as I can tell, Google is now focusing on bringing Google+ features to gmail and Google Reader, which I guess is ok enough. And at some point they’ll be bringing business pages, and then most likely, advertisements because barely anyone cares about Google+ and will never be able to find those pages without ads.

But here’s the thing.

My friends don’t hang out there. Many of them likely never will. They’re happy enough with Facebook and Twitter.

And as long as the people I care about are staying somewhere else, that’s where I’ll be too.

What would make Google+ compelling for you? Free money? Hot babes? Or are you happy int he knowledge that you’re giving your precious information to Google instead of Facebook?


37 Responses to How Boring Is Google+?

  1. Mich October 26, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Nothing compelling so far. I got onto Google+ for less one day and that was enough. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough :-)

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      You can’t escape it. It’s in your Gmail! it’s in your search engine!

  2. Andy October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I was there for Google Wave - but no one else was… I like GMail, and use Google plenty, but I’ve only got a handful of people on G+, people I’ve got on Facebook… If I can’t convince people that Hotmail is rubbish then I certainly can’t convince them to come to G+ without, say… Facebook disappearing…

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Oh man. I was on the Google Wave. That thing was too cool for its time.

  3. Mich October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Nothing compelling at all. I got onto Google+ for less one day and that was enough. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough :-)

  4. Mich October 26, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Sorrrrrry, meant for “less than one day…”

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      It’s ok. We all make typos. Especially me.

  5. Amy October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I would prefer to have the ability to choose whether or not someone adds me to their circle. This “ignore” and “block” is a pain in the ass.

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      I hate those “Added to a circle notifications.” Half of them are from spam bots.

  6. Brian McDonald October 26, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    It’s a geek fest! Google+ may join Buzz and Wave as another failed Google project.

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      Google + Wave = No Buzz.

      I’m so good at math.

  7. Amy Sz October 26, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    It is boring! I have sent out requests to my online friends on several occasions and everyone is fat and happy staying with Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t been to my Google+ page in weeks. Funny stuff!

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      I only go once a day to post my latest blog post. Other than that, it’s a big old yawn fest.

  8. PJ October 26, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Yeah, not a fan of Google+ at all. I only signed up to check it out but it doesn’t offer anything new or different and I don’t like that just anyone can follow me there. So I’m not using it.

    • Jay October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Well, now that anyone can subscribe on Facebook, it’s pretty much all the same.

  9. Geoff Merritt October 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    All of my friends on Google + are on facebook, so I stay on facebook and just deal with one post and one conversation about that post. Socialising is meant to easy and enjoyable.

    • Jay October 27, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      Is it? Socializing has always been annoying and painful for me, regardless of the medium.

      • Karen October 27, 2011 at 10:09 am #

        Amen. But at least online you can socialize on your own time, and not be thrust into uncomfortableness.

  10. Karen October 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I hate Google+ and I hate all the strangers who are inexplicably following me on Google+. I agree Jay, it’s just another place that I have to check and post and read (not that there is anything worth reading), and who has time for that? Not me.

    Like everyone else here has said, all my friends are on Facebook. Why would I want to leave? “Oh, because you can put people in circles.” Who cares? Friends lists were around long before G+, USE them!

    • Jay October 27, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Lists were pretty terrible before smart lists. Though, I’m not a fan of who they made lists inclusive (You share with only the people in that list) after they were previously exclusive (you excluded sharing to those people).

      • Karen October 27, 2011 at 10:08 am #

        Good point. But I subscribe to the theory that if you’re about to post something that you don’t want the whole world to see then you shouldn’t be posting it.

  11. Lance Haun October 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Was anybody else on TheFacebook when it launched at their school? I was.

    Guess what folks: it was pretty boring to start off with. And I had more friends on MySpace because that’s where all the action was. When I told them Facebook was technologically better than MySpace, I got the same response you all have given: “I’ve got MySpace, texting, IM and e-mail. I’m good.”

    And that’s great but this blog has chronicled all of the ways in which Facebook routinely displays they could care less about their users because you suckers will keep coming back. Before, there really wasn’t a legitimate replacement for Facebook. Now there is (I would argue) a better technology and we’re still stuck in the circular argument that all my friends are on Facebook, so therefore I don’t need/want that other thing. Because staying connected to creepy uncle Ron and that douchenozzle from HS that made fun of you is priority one in your life.

    There is a good group of folks on Google+ that I engage with and if it means reducing my usage, putting some pressure on Facebook and making them realize that there are alternatives out there that we are willing to give a real go at, then I’m all for it.

    Or, I’ll keep looking for your comments about how much you hate the next Facebook privacy breach/crappy feature/spamtastic messaging/stalker-enabling tool and shake my head. The only thing they care about are your eyeballs on their home page and as long as you are willing to give those to them no matter what they do to you, well, bravo to Zuck.

    • Jay October 27, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Thanks for keeping it real Lance.

      I hate bad privacy settings where ever I see them. The circles on Google+ give the illusion of privacy. But that’s all, an illusion. You have to explicitly click that people can’t share an item, and even then, what’s stopping someone from taking a screenshot or copying and pasting?

      I see this all as a battle for eyeballs. Google+ doesn’t have ads now, but you can bet Google is working on that. Google is an advertiser, constantly collecting information about users to make more money off of them.

      So, I’m glad that Google+ pushes Facebook, and then Facebook pushes Google+. Social networks had become stagnant. But at the same time, all of this technology isn’t that revolutionary. You make a profile. You connect that profile to other people’s profiles. And then some marketer like me comes along and uses all the data you’ve fed into the system to shoot ads at you.

  12. James M October 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I’m on the fence when it comes to the social features of Google+, but the one feature I do like and use is the auto-uploading of photos I took on my Android phone. Knowing that I’ll have backups somewhere other than my computer is nice to know.

    There are other features I wish I could use, like Hangouts, but I know very few people there compared to Facebook. Twitter is a real bore for me compared to the rest.

    • Jay October 27, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      I’m an iPhone person (I just don’t get Android), and while iCloud is very similar, I still get kind of creeped out that my private photos are now being cataloged in some server on the sky without me explicitly uploading them.

      • Patrick October 27, 2011 at 11:23 am #

        It’s an option to have them in uploaded automatically.

  13. Jamie G October 27, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Facebook is too crowded, everyone is on there, we all have 100+ links, my google + has 11 individuals all of whom have a common interest with me (IT and gaming) and the conversation is all interesting and relevant. Noone has told me what they’re eating or that they’re on a bus.

    In terms of social media - Facebook is a great way to push posts to the masses but it may get lost in a sea of verbal garbage.

    • Jay October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am #

      Hmm, I hadn’t thought of that.

      Looking at my analytics though, I get significantly more traffic from Facebook, even when I don’t share a post myself. It’s not a fair comparison, because I don’t have a +1 button on here, and because I don’t see any referral traffic for Google+.

      • pierrebonhomo January 4, 2012 at 4:05 am #

        I found you via a posting on G+. I migrated there to try something new and to see what would happen if deactivated facebook for awhile. Dumping 900 friends at once was stressful at first, but a week later, I was good. Here I am again chatting with a whole new bunch of social typists, and I’ll never meet you either;-)

        Now G+ serves me well enough for an hour a day. I can live without it, but I do love the hangouts. Awhile back, a friend died in Israel. So we all all met up on G+ for a hangout with friends from Canada, Israel and Australia…we played music, danced, ate food, laughed and cried. It was a defining moment., no joke. Now we all meet up on G+ for a real social media. I’m still waiting for the other 885 friends to try it out though.

        FYI I like this blog.

  14. Patrick October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Best thing from google+ is the app.

    I get most content of interest from ppl I follow on twitter, and friend interactions from facebook. I agree that it’s again another place to check for content and updates. But as with all things, the more quality effort you put into it, the better is the output you’ll receive.

  15. Shane October 28, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    I actually completely disagree with you. There are so many ways for Google+ to compliment business. The next generation social networking site will likely be a portal that allows you to access the rest of the internet organically - not just a place to ignore useless updates and play crappy games.

    P.S. Twitter is an insanely impersonal tool that will soon become irrelevant.

  16. Kelsie October 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I have an account and a very small number of actual friends in my circles, but it just sits there! Haven’t people been publicly complaining about it for a while now? I wonder what, if anything, Google will actually do to address these issues. Maybe they’ve made some changes and I just didn’t notice, but I feel like Google is just sitting by doing nothing, just like Google+!

    Essentially, it’s there, it’s pretty to look at, but it just isn’t doing it for me.

  17. Douglas Karr November 6, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Boring? You mean all the top tech people bragging about themselves, where they ate, the new toy they just bought and droning on and on and on about how great Google+ is is BORING? Aren’t you paying attention to the cool photos that they’re taking of themselves and nice enough to share with us? Don’t you want to see 232 self-portraits of your favorite social media or technology ‘pro’?

  18. Rex T November 25, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Half the crap in my FB feed now isn’t even from my friends, it’s from The Guardian app or the Telegraph app or Farmville, or Suckers Poker Mafia Wars, telling me “Harry just won a gold pig - why don’t you join him in Houseville” and even if you keep blocking the apps, they still turn up in Tweetdeck.

    FB content is so diluted and crap now I can’t be bothered to sift through it all.

    G+ is worth it for me just because pretty much everything I read was typed by a person rather than autoposted by a company robot trying to sell something. The only thing I hate is the G+ ridiculous names policy which kills off all the best things about social media - satire, humour and real creativity.

  19. Kristen B. December 23, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I have google plus and I didn’t use it that much compared to facebook and twitter. I am not sure if I will be able to harness the advantage of having a google plus.If the google will turn it to more features like games and other fun stuff, maybe I will frequently check my account more often. Thanks for the insights of having a google plus.

    /Kristen B.
    Magnavox MDR513H F7 Reviewer


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