Social Network Features Battle

Before Google+, Facebook was content to muck up users’ lives about once a year with news feed changes or a half-assed profile redesign.

Now, twice a week we have news announcements that go like like this:

Social Network Fetures Battle - The Anti-Social Media

Smart lists. Mobile hangouts. Huddles. News Tickers. Do any of these features really matter to users?

This all sounds like a war for who can push out more crap first, without knowing how users actually user their social network. I’m doubtful there’s a gem that will come out of all these turds.

Screw it. I’m joining not Google+. At least they have their shit together.

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17 Responses to Social Network Features Battle

  1. Camilo Olea September 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Basically, it goes like this:

    Diaspora code comes up; Google basically copy-pastes it and names it Google+; Facebook imitates Google+.

    I remember something called “Creativity”… haven’t seen it in a while.

    • Jay September 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

      I remember something called “Creativity” too… haven’t seen it in a while either. 😉

  2. Morgan September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I just joined Not Google+ today! I feel so liberated!

    • Jay September 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      I like connecting with my friends on there. It’s so realistic!

  3. Shelley Pringle September 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Where do you find this stuff?

    • Jay September 22, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      The Internet!

  4. Ann Swanson September 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Pissing contest makes for pissed users.

    Facebook hasn’t even updated it’s own help pages for the new features it keeps dumping out.

  5. Grace September 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I use google plus but not really active there. I am more comfortable in fb than g+.

    • Jay September 22, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      Yeah, Google+ is a little clinical and not so welcoming.

  6. Raymond @ IT Reporter September 22, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    Hmmm. OK people, I’ll launch a social network site that has a minumum of features. Just the best of Google+ and Facebook. You’ll be able to poke people, and you can put them in a circle. That’s all.

    • Jay September 22, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      Circle poke? 😉

  7. Anthony September 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I just wish ‘The Zucker’ would use focus groups or something to actually test these things with real people and not developers. That’s how your going to make it better, not by getting a bunch of nerds together to work out the kinks of some crap nobody want that will be rolled out to 800 million users.

    • Jay September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Nerds are real people too! At least, that’s what I’m told.

  8. Grace September 26, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    but honestly, I love the graphics 😀

  9. Michael September 27, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I use social networks about 1x a month. It’s all noise to me…

    • Jay September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      It’s all noise noise noise!

      • Raymond @ IT Reporter September 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

        I think it’s just ironic how people tell each other on Twitter to “stop the oversharing” 🙂