Google+ Sucks (And Here’s Why)

In late 2004, I was starting my third year at the University of Washington when several classmates and friends started using Facebook. Initially, I thought it was the dumbest thing on the planet — especially since some of the campus’ hottest Casanovas were using or, rather, abusing the relationship status option (and their girlfriends were loving the attention). When I realized it had devolved into nothing more than a competition for who had the most friends, I caved in to the game mechanics. It was also better than LiveJournal for exchanging private messages without the clunkiness of campus email, and the lack of privacy features made for good gossip.

Now that it’s 2011 and a similar social network in similar private beta has emerged from Google, I am having a serious case of déjà vu.

I was initially excited that Google+ would offer what Facebook does not, now that its privacy features are more slightly constricted and there’s more transparency with somewhat-public profiles. The problem is that the creation of circles allows any information that can be shared — such as news — to be controlled by a tight clique. This isn’t really different than how it works in the “real world,” but at least with Facebook and Twitter, I have a glimpse into the conversation as a story develops. I can’t prove that I’m missing anything specific, but I can tell you that other tech bloggers are still being more transparent on Twitter and Facebook than they are on Google+ — leaving me to wonder what conversations are behind closed doors, allowed only for certain eyes (in certain circles) to read.

Google Plus sucks.And that’s why all these features we want, such as circles that we can share as a list, don’t matter. What good is it to share my circle of professional colleagues, who have mostly all placed me in circles to exchange information, to a stranger who will not receive the same permissions? Circles are not lists – they are cliques defined by the user to keep people out. And the only way you’ll receive any data shared by people in your circle is if they share the same amount of permission with you — and don’t keep you out.

Facebook has its problems, but some of those issues aren’t an argument against abandoning the ship for Google. Both Google+ and Facebook mine and control user information to sell. Perhaps Google may have more issues with security and privacy, since the company knows your email and search habits, too. We may think we have more control over our own privacy in respect to what we share, but Google knows more about us than Facebook does. Google undoubtedly uses that to guide our actions (and perhaps make a little money from it on the side). That’s more than a little scary.

I contend that businesses and brands need to be transparent if they want to engage in social marketing campaigns. With Facebook and Twitter, this is relatively simple — and the value of transparency applies just as well to you and me (and it should). Like our parents said: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t put it on the Internet.” (Well, okay — they said something like that.) The clique-based philosophy of sharing on Google+ will only limit my ability to consume information, and that’s not fine with me — not on a social level, and certainly not on a professional level (where knowing what’s new in tech is crucial).

Can Google+ get better? At most, it can go in a different direction. Google+ sucks as a way to find and share news today, and I hope it doesn’t take away from Facebook and Twitter as the primary tools we use to discuss and discover new ideas. Perhaps this will change as the network grows and more people are posting and sharing more items (outside of these cliques). As a social network, it also has the potential to suck — but only because it’s reminiscent of high school and the complicated hierarchy of who is “in” and who is “out.”

Google+ hasn’t yet identified a problem I was having with any other social network, but it seems to be creating new problems. On Facebook and Twitter, I don’t have to be a part of any particular group to gain access to the openly shared intelligence.

I think I’ll let the other tech pundits and “Internet celebrities” have their cliques. As for me, I’ll eat crow for what I said about Facebook in 2004. It’s really not that bad.

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  • http://szeliu.com Sze Liu

    I have to say I’m not too crazy about Google+. Yes, mainly because I have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 4sq, etc. to maintain already. However, I thought I should give it a try because of what I do. It took me a while to sign up Facebook, but I loved it almost immediately. It was much better than Friendster. However, I didn’t get that same feeling for Google+ at all. I just feel like why I need another social media profile to manage and not to mention it’s the same group of friends.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Favreau/712406420 Jamie Favreau

      Thanks for saying what I have been asking all along? Why do we need another network? MySpace was first and they are suffering and is it because Google doesn’t have enough data already? How much more data does Google need?

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people like me, are thinking that Facebook is ruining the fun of being on a social network and that’s why we need another social network. Something difficult to see when you are happy with what you have, so in the end, if there was more people like me, moving to Google+, more and more people will eventually stop posting on Facebook and you will find yourself alone and have the need of another network too, one where all your friends are. Of course we can’t is Facebook or G+ will go down or they’ll just be both available for a long time. This is something we will only see in time.

        • http://stopdoingnothing.com Patrick Allmond

          Wait… Facebook is biggest social network and sets the standard for one. So how can it be runing the fun if it is was the definition of a social network is.

          People are bored and whiny. Google plus is new and is now mainstream. It is no longer Google. Google+ is shiny and new. Expect it to get saturated and the complaints will flow. Something else will be out next week. Facebook growth was already slowing because of saturation and the growth will continue to slow. Such is the way of internet businesses

    • los bocadillos

      Google+ is designed to have all the best features from Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn and 4sq. The idea is not to add one more network but to replace all these old ones with one modern system that can do it all. The change for me will happen slowly but I cant wait to have only one network. This is not Buzz/Wave !

      So dont ask why I need to add one more? Think bigger and ditch all the others and use just 1. Life will get so much easier.

    • los bocadillos

      Google+ is designed to have all the best features from Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn and 4sq. The idea is not to add one more network but to replace all these old ones with one modern system that can do it all. The change for me will happen slowly but I cant wait to have only one network. This is not Buzz/Wave !

      So dont ask why I need to add one more? Think bigger and ditch all the others and use just 1. Life will get so much easier.

    • los bocadillos

      Google+ is designed to have all the best features from Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn and 4sq. The idea is not to add one more network but to replace all these old ones with one modern system that can do it all. The change for me will happen slowly but I cant wait to have only one network. This is not Buzz/Wave !

      So dont ask why I need to add one more? Think bigger and ditch all the others and use just 1. Life will get so much easier.

  • http://szeliu.com Sze Liu

    I have to say I’m not too crazy about Google+. Yes, mainly because I have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 4sq, etc. to maintain already. However, I thought I should give it a try because of what I do. It took me a while to sign up Facebook, but I loved it almost immediately. It was much better than Friendster. However, I didn’t get that same feeling for Google+ at all. I just feel like why I need another social media profile to manage and not to mention it’s the same group of friends.

  • http://szeliu.com Sze Liu

    I have to say I’m not too crazy about Google+. Yes, mainly because I have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 4sq, etc. to maintain already. However, I thought I should give it a try because of what I do. It took me a while to sign up Facebook, but I loved it almost immediately. It was much better than Friendster. However, I didn’t get that same feeling for Google+ at all. I just feel like why I need another social media profile to manage and not to mention it’s the same group of friends.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Favreau/712406420 Jamie Favreau

      Thanks for saying what I have been asking all along? Why do we need another network? MySpace was first and they are suffering and is it because Google doesn’t have enough data already? How much more data does Google need?

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people like me, are thinking that Facebook is ruining the fun of being on a social network and that’s why we need another social network. Something difficult to see when you are happy with what you have, so in the end, if there was more people like me, moving to Google+, more and more people will eventually stop posting on Facebook and you will find yourself alone and have the need of another network too, one where all your friends are. Of course we can’t is Facebook or G+ will go down or they’ll just be both available for a long time. This is something we will only see in time.

        • http://stopdoingnothing.com Patrick Allmond

          Wait… Facebook is biggest social network and sets the standard for one. So how can it be runing the fun if it is was the definition of a social network is.

          People are bored and whiny. Google plus is new and is now mainstream. It is no longer Google. Google+ is shiny and new. Expect it to get saturated and the complaints will flow. Something else will be out next week. Facebook growth was already slowing because of saturation and the growth will continue to slow. Such is the way of internet businesses

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people like me, are thinking that Facebook is ruining the fun of being on a social network and that’s why we need another social network. Something difficult to see when you are happy with what you have, so in the end, if there was more people like me, moving to Google+, more and more people will eventually stop posting on Facebook and you will find yourself alone and have the need of another network too, one where all your friends are. Of course we can’t is Facebook or G+ will go down or they’ll just be both available for a long time. This is something we will only see in time.

    • los bocadillos

      Google+ is designed to have all the best features from Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn and 4sq. The idea is not to add one more network but to replace all these old ones with one modern system that can do it all. The change for me will happen slowly but I cant wait to have only one network. This is not Buzz/Wave !

      So dont ask why I need to add one more? Think bigger and ditch all the others and use just 1. Life will get so much easier.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    So basically, the critique is that it doesn’t let you indulge in cyber-stalking like Facebook does. I’ll stay on the Google+ bandwagon for now, thanks.

    • http://profiles.google.com/zandog Alex Gillis

      +1

      • http://twitter.com/kristoffer_96 kristoffer Bertelsen

        +1

    • http://profiles.google.com/tonycerdais Tony Cerda

      +1

    • Anonymous

      -10

    • toonbg

      -10

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    So basically, the critique is that it doesn’t let you indulge in cyber-stalking like Facebook does. I’ll stay on the Google+ bandwagon for now, thanks.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    So basically, the critique is that it doesn’t let you indulge in cyber-stalking like Facebook does. I’ll stay on the Google+ bandwagon for now, thanks.

    • http://profiles.google.com/zandog Alex Gillis

      +1

      • http://twitter.com/kristoffer_96 kristoffer Bertelsen

        +1

    • http://profiles.google.com/tonycerdais Tony Cerda

      +1

    • Anonymous

      -10

  • David McClellan

    So because the end user has the ability to limit the content you see from them, you’re not impressed? Content can now be targeted to people that would be interested instead of flooding everyone’s stream of content with things they aren’t interested in. I can see your point, but that is where the social part of social networking comes in. You ask that person to be placed into certain circles or make sure they know what you’re interested in reading. It requires interaction, I know thats tough, but that’s all apart of making new friends. You already mentioned in the article that you have placed and have been placed in a circle of professionals that relate to you. Why not do this for everyone else?

    This is the first article that I’ve read where the end user wanted less privacy instead of more. Kudo’s there.

  • David McClellan

    So because the end user has the ability to limit the content you see from them, you’re not impressed? Content can now be targeted to people that would be interested instead of flooding everyone’s stream of content with things they aren’t interested in. I can see your point, but that is where the social part of social networking comes in. You ask that person to be placed into certain circles or make sure they know what you’re interested in reading. It requires interaction, I know thats tough, but that’s all apart of making new friends. You already mentioned in the article that you have placed and have been placed in a circle of professionals that relate to you. Why not do this for everyone else?

    This is the first article that I’ve read where the end user wanted less privacy instead of more. Kudo’s there.

  • David McClellan

    So because the end user has the ability to limit the content you see from them, you’re not impressed? Content can now be targeted to people that would be interested instead of flooding everyone’s stream of content with things they aren’t interested in. I can see your point, but that is where the social part of social networking comes in. You ask that person to be placed into certain circles or make sure they know what you’re interested in reading. It requires interaction, I know thats tough, but that’s all apart of making new friends. You already mentioned in the article that you have placed and have been placed in a circle of professionals that relate to you. Why not do this for everyone else?

    This is the first article that I’ve read where the end user wanted less privacy instead of more. Kudo’s there.

  • http://twitter.com/Bunion Bunion

    I just fail to see how Facebook can be worth so much yet can’t afford to employ some decent programmers. Their iOS apps are buggy, their web based chat is awful and their general reliability is the worst i have seen on a site.

    Yes, i do understand how much work is involved but when you are as big as Facebook, spending a fraction of that on making sure that you have a decent chat system seems like a no-brainer.

    Hopefully with Google+ coming out this will push them to pull their finger out. Also, still no iPad app?! What the hell are you playing at Facebook? Love them or hate them, iPads are here to stay and they have a huge amount of your users.

  • http://twitter.com/Bunion Bunion

    I just fail to see how Facebook can be worth so much yet can’t afford to employ some decent programmers. Their iOS apps are buggy, their web based chat is awful and their general reliability is the worst i have seen on a site.

    Yes, i do understand how much work is involved but when you are as big as Facebook, spending a fraction of that on making sure that you have a decent chat system seems like a no-brainer.

    Hopefully with Google+ coming out this will push them to pull their finger out. Also, still no iPad app?! What the hell are you playing at Facebook? Love them or hate them, iPads are here to stay and they have a huge amount of your users.

  • http://twitter.com/Bunion Bunion

    I just fail to see how Facebook can be worth so much yet can’t afford to employ some decent programmers. Their iOS apps are buggy, their web based chat is awful and their general reliability is the worst i have seen on a site.

    Yes, i do understand how much work is involved but when you are as big as Facebook, spending a fraction of that on making sure that you have a decent chat system seems like a no-brainer.

    Hopefully with Google+ coming out this will push them to pull their finger out. Also, still no iPad app?! What the hell are you playing at Facebook? Love them or hate them, iPads are here to stay and they have a huge amount of your users.

  • http://twitter.com/plurge Jonathan Steude

    Just out of curiosity, is the complaint that it doesn’t do something that the others do? Its like ___ and similar to ____. But this seems to sound like you are disappointed because it is not the hybrid of those other features. I use twitter for news feeds. I use facebook for friends and family and sadly many of my coworkers (and bosses) are on there too. This gives the ability to direct the information with your friends, family, and coworkers. Even in your case you can have a separate relationship with your followers as you do with you friends. Not everything needs to be in the public eye.

  • http://twitter.com/plurge Jonathan Steude

    Just out of curiosity, is the complaint that it doesn’t do something that the others do? Its like ___ and similar to ____. But this seems to sound like you are disappointed because it is not the hybrid of those other features. I use twitter for news feeds. I use facebook for friends and family and sadly many of my coworkers (and bosses) are on there too. This gives the ability to direct the information with your friends, family, and coworkers. Even in your case you can have a separate relationship with your followers as you do with you friends. Not everything needs to be in the public eye.

  • http://twitter.com/bknabe Bert Knabe

    Despite all of my rss feeds and Google alerts, most of the leads I get for my blog and for tech info actually come from Twitter now. That’s also where most of my social networking is done. I’m on Facebook, but the problems I have with it far outstrip the problems I can see with Google+. But I’ll wait until I can actually join Google+ say anymore.

    Anyone got an invite? Assuming I can hit one of the short windows of opportunity to use it. :^)

  • http://twitter.com/plurge Jonathan Steude

    Just out of curiosity, is the complaint that it doesn’t do something that the others do? Its like ___ and similar to ____. But this seems to sound like you are disappointed because it is not the hybrid of those other features. I use twitter for news feeds. I use facebook for friends and family and sadly many of my coworkers (and bosses) are on there too. This gives the ability to direct the information with your friends, family, and coworkers. Even in your case you can have a separate relationship with your followers as you do with you friends. Not everything needs to be in the public eye.

  • http://twitter.com/bknabe Bert Knabe

    Despite all of my rss feeds and Google alerts, most of the leads I get for my blog and for tech info actually come from Twitter now. That’s also where most of my social networking is done. I’m on Facebook, but the problems I have with it far outstrip the problems I can see with Google+. But I’ll wait until I can actually join Google+ say anymore.

    Anyone got an invite? Assuming I can hit one of the short windows of opportunity to use it. :^)

  • Pattie Lee

    The thing I like about Groups on Facebook is that you get exposed to new people that you might not be friends with and hear what they have to say. The lists on Twitter are helpful for finding new people for just this reason.
    On Google+ I’m the only one who sees the people in my Circles. No one else gets the benefit of what I see from all those people. I think if the people in the Circle I created could see the others it might have more benefit. Although I supposed that could lead to some kinda privacy issue.
    Right now, in order to find new people to follow on Google+ I have to raid the comments of people I have in circles. Not so helpful.

    • Horacio Santoyo

      This is not true. You can see who is in other people’s circles. You can also see who has that person in their circles.

  • Pattie Lee

    The thing I like about Groups on Facebook is that you get exposed to new people that you might not be friends with and hear what they have to say. The lists on Twitter are helpful for finding new people for just this reason.
    On Google+ I’m the only one who sees the people in my Circles. No one else gets the benefit of what I see from all those people. I think if the people in the Circle I created could see the others it might have more benefit. Although I supposed that could lead to some kinda privacy issue.
    Right now, in order to find new people to follow on Google+ I have to raid the comments of people I have in circles. Not so helpful.

  • Pattie Lee

    The thing I like about Groups on Facebook is that you get exposed to new people that you might not be friends with and hear what they have to say. On Google+ I’m the only one who sees the people in my Circles. No one else gets the benefit of what I see from all those people. I think if the people in the Circle I created could see the others it might have more benefit. Although I supposed that could lead to some kinda privacy issue.
    The lists on Twitter are helpful for finding new people for just this reason. Right now, in order to find new people to follow on Google+ I have to raid the comments of people I have in circles. Not so helpful.

    • Horacio Santoyo

      This is not true. You can see who is in other people’s circles. You can also see who has that person in their circles.

  • http://twitter.com/sharikul1 Sharikul Islam

    You may be right. But I really need an invite.

  • http://twitter.com/sharikul1 Sharikul Islam

    You may be right. But I really need an invite.

  • http://twitter.com/sharikul1 Sharikul Islam

    You may be right. But I really need an invite.

  • http://profiles.google.com/troyjmorris Troy Morris

    That article makes little to no sense. I get the individual sentiments, but I really don’t understand the equation. cliques + information = suck? This sound more like an opportunity for you to whine about how your high school life sucked.

    How are you using +? You can follow anyone, no longer needing their permission– eliminating the popularity contest aspect (which to me, is far more “high school”). And yes, the circles are used to control information because I don’t want my business friends who connect with me for my take on certain industry verticals to have to deal with my insane amount of cat videos. And my friends who I connect with to share stories with are tired of hearing about this start-up and that start-up.

    Yeah, it’s the closest social networking site to real life. Maybe, just maybe, this will actually get people from dinking around on social networks as an excuse for not actually seeing their 500+ friends on Facebook.

  • http://profiles.google.com/troyjmorris Troy Morris

    That article makes little to no sense. I get the individual sentiments, but I really don’t understand the equation. cliques + information = suck? This sound more like an opportunity for you to whine about how your high school life sucked.

    How are you using +? You can follow anyone, no longer needing their permission– eliminating the popularity contest aspect (which to me, is far more “high school”). And yes, the circles are used to control information because I don’t want my business friends who connect with me for my take on certain industry verticals to have to deal with my insane amount of cat videos. And my friends who I connect with to share stories with are tired of hearing about this start-up and that start-up.

    Yeah, it’s the closest social networking site to real life. Maybe, just maybe, this will actually get people from dinking around on social networks as an excuse for not actually seeing their 500+ friends on Facebook.

  • http://profiles.google.com/troyjmorris Troy Morris

    That article makes little to no sense. I get the individual sentiments, but I really don’t understand the equation. cliques + information = suck? This sound more like an opportunity for you to whine about how your high school life sucked.

    How are you using +? You can follow anyone, no longer needing their permission– eliminating the popularity contest aspect (which to me, is far more “high school”). And yes, the circles are used to control information because I don’t want my business friends who connect with me for my take on certain industry verticals to have to deal with my insane amount of cat videos. And my friends who I connect with to share stories with are tired of hearing about this start-up and that start-up.

    Yeah, it’s the closest social networking site to real life. Maybe, just maybe, this will actually get people from dinking around on social networks as an excuse for not actually seeing their 500+ friends on Facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/joegarvey7 Joe Garvey

    Agree with your points. For me, right now at least, it’s about audience. All my connections in Google+ are fellow journalism graduates, or social media/marketing/advertising professionals I’ve worked with. It’s almost like more-social LinkedIn. Facebook is heavily populated by people from high school I haven’t talked to in years, and my settings are such that no one can even find me if they search for me, because it’s just a personal account.

  • http://twitter.com/joegarvey7 Joe Garvey

    Agree with your points. For me, right now at least, it’s about audience. All my connections in Google+ are fellow journalism graduates, or social media/marketing/advertising professionals I’ve worked with. It’s almost like more-social LinkedIn. Facebook is heavily populated by people from high school I haven’t talked to in years, and my settings are such that no one can even find me if they search for me, because it’s just a personal account.

  • http://twitter.com/joegarvey7 Joe Garvey

    Agree with your points. For me, right now at least, it’s about audience. All my connections in Google+ are fellow journalism graduates, or social media/marketing/advertising professionals I’ve worked with. It’s almost like more-social LinkedIn. Facebook is heavily populated by people from high school I haven’t talked to in years, and my settings are such that no one can even find me if they search for me, because it’s just a personal account.

  • http://www.levispires.com Levi Spires

    I never really had a problem with any social media platform, they all either enhanced my relationships or didn’t. I don’t need another platform.

  • http://www.levispires.com Levi Spires

    I never really had a problem with any social media platform, they all either enhanced my relationships or didn’t. I don’t need another platform.

  • http://www.levispires.com Levi Spires

    I never really had a problem with any social media platform, they all either enhanced my relationships or didn’t. I don’t need another platform.

  • Anonymous

    Your reasons aren’t that strong, bad post. Yawn.

  • Anonymous

    Your reasons aren’t that strong, bad post. Yawn.

  • Anonymous

    Your reasons aren’t that strong, bad post. Yawn.

  • Anonymous

    Considering MOST people are posting publicly, I don’t see your point. I don’t want to see some persons baby pictures and he knows that, so he won’t place me inside his Family circle. I find that much better the the Facebook strategy.
    And as for getting the latest news, have you heard of Google Sparks? True, they are very simple right now, but they are still in their infancy (baby sparks lol). Google has some big plans for Sparks so that it eventually becomes the best source to gather all your favorite news on a particular topic.

  • Anonymous

    Considering MOST people are posting publicly, I don’t see your point. I don’t want to see some persons baby pictures and he knows that, so he won’t place me inside his Family circle. I find that much better the the Facebook strategy.
    And as for getting the latest news, have you heard of Google Sparks? True, they are very simple right now, but they are still in their infancy (baby sparks lol). Google has some big plans for Sparks so that it eventually becomes the best source to gather all your favorite news on a particular topic.

  • Anonymous

    Considering MOST people are posting publicly, I don’t see your point. I don’t want to see some persons baby pictures and he knows that, so he won’t place me inside his Family circle. I find that much better the the Facebook strategy.
    And as for getting the latest news, have you heard of Google Sparks? True, they are very simple right now, but they are still in their infancy (baby sparks lol). Google has some big plans for Sparks so that it eventually becomes the best source to gather all your favorite news on a particular topic.

  • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

    Google has yet to introduce “Brand Pages” or whatever they will call it, which will be the equivalent to Facebook Pages. I don’t really understand your argument in that case, because receiving updates from these pages will (probably) not be closed to certain “cliques.”

    As far as using Google+ as a person rather than a brand, you got me there. Although, I do prefer the circles to the way Facebook does it. I simply don’t want everyone knowing everything, if I do I will post it as public or use Twitter.

  • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

    Google has yet to introduce “Brand Pages” or whatever they will call it, which will be the equivalent to Facebook Pages. I don’t really understand your argument in that case, because receiving updates from these pages will (probably) not be closed to certain “cliques.”

    As far as using Google+ as a person rather than a brand, you got me there. Although, I do prefer the circles to the way Facebook does it. I simply don’t want everyone knowing everything, if I do I will post it as public or use Twitter.

  • http://twitter.com/timrchavez Tim Chavez

    Keeping people out is a narrow view of circles and I don’t think Kelly fully understands or appreciates the mechanics of sharing on Google+. If I want to share w/ the public, I can. If I want to share with my networks network, I can. Sure, there is an opportunity where I thought we were friends, but they thought we were just acquaintances and so I miss out on all the potlucks as a result, but that models real life pretty well in my opinion and therefore makes sharing a lot less awkward and way more intuitive. As for “following” someone, I think Google+ should let us “publish” circles that people can add themselves too (e.g. Chris Pirillo Photoshop Enthusiasts) that guarantee we get relevant information from that person. I think this would be a better approach than watching incoming or the public stream. It also provides some built-in filtering.

  • http://twitter.com/timrchavez Tim Chavez

    Keeping people out is a narrow view of circles and I don’t think Kelly fully understands or appreciates the mechanics of sharing on Google+. If I want to share w/ the public, I can. If I want to share with my networks network, I can. Sure, there is an opportunity where I thought we were friends, but they thought we were just acquaintances and so I miss out on all the potlucks as a result, but that models real life pretty well in my opinion and therefore makes sharing a lot less awkward and way more intuitive. As for “following” someone, I think Google+ should let us “publish” circles that people can add themselves too (e.g. Chris Pirillo Photoshop Enthusiasts) that guarantee we get relevant information from that person. I think this would be a better approach than watching incoming or the public stream. It also provides some built-in filtering.

  • Dave .

    You don’t have to put people in Circles. If you have followers, they will show under the Incoming group until you add them to a Circle. Once a person is in a circle, they will appear in your main Stream.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why everyone keeps looking at Google+ as the social network with “Circules” and ohhh finally here comes privacy!, Nooo! That’s actually nothing new because on Facebook you can manage your friends and add them to lists then you choose what you share with different lists on the wall, personal information and albums. That means you are probably already being kept out from watching certain information. See? same as in Google+ so far.

    Circules and Lists are very helpful to share specific information with people you think or know are interested in, which means you will not flood, for example, your non-techy friends with a bunch of things that might make them think you are a freaky to not follow and eventually make them loose interest on what you want to share with them. If people uses them (Circules or Lists) to keep you out of conversations well… nobody can help that, but you can’t remove this type of features just because this stops someone from sticking his/her nose into every little thing others share.

    What I think is really impresive about Google+ is:

    - You can add format to text which improves writing (You can’t *bold* text in Facebook, can you?).
    - You don’t have a history of where you have been commented on your profile, history which you will delete and still will be showing to EVERYONE (No way you can avoid or change that).
    - You have native microblogging integration (If you connected Twitter and Buzz you’ll have your tweets @Buzz on a special section and won’t spam the Stream).
    - You can modify your posts and comments (On Facebok you would need to delete and rewrite your comment which mean doble notification).
    - You can mention not friended people (You can only mention your friends on Facebook altho Facebook is trying to copy this feature and it’s really buggy at the moment).
    - You have videochat with real good quality (This in not totally out on Facebook and whats out so far, sucks).

    Do you still need more to be convinced Google+ is way better than Facebook? You got to be kiddin me.

  • Dave .

    You don’t have to put people in Circles. If you have followers, they will show under the Incoming group until you add them to a Circle. Once a person is in a circle, they will appear in your main Stream.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why everyone keeps looking at Google+ as the social network with “Circules” and ohhh finally here comes privacy!, Nooo! That’s actually nothing new because you can manage your friend and add them to list then you choose what you share with different lists on the wall, personal information and albums. That means you are probably already being kept out from watching certain information. See? same as in Google+.

    Circules and Lists are very helpful to share specific information with people you think or know are interested in, which means you will not flood, for example, your non-techy friend with a bunch of thing that might make them think you are a freaky and eventually make them loose interest on what you want to share with them. If people uses them (Circules or Lists) to keep you out of conversations well… nobody can help that, but you can’t remove this type of features just because this stops someone from sticking his/her nose into every little think others share.

    What I think is really impresive about Google+ is:

    - You can add format to text which improves writing (You can’t bold text in Facebook, can you?).
    - You don’t have a history of what you commeted have been commented on on your profile, which you will delete and still will show to EVERYONE (No way you can avoid or change that).
    - You have native microblogging integration (If you connected Twitter and Buzz you’ll have your tweet @Buzz on a special section and won’t spam the Stream).
    - You can modify your posts and comments (On Facebok you would need to delete and rewrite your comment which mean doble notification).
    - You can mention not frineded people (You can only mention your friends on Facebook altho they are trying to copy this feature and it’s really buggy at the moment).
    - You have videochat with real good quality (This in not totally out on Facebook and whats out so far, sucks).

    Do you still need more to be convinced Google+ is way better than Facebook? You got to be kiddin me.

  • http://twitter.com/borischu BorisChu

    I’m thinking this will go the way of the Google Wave..

    • los bocadillos

      If you say that google+ will go the way of Google Wave it can oly mean that you have not tried it. Google Wave was just email with some additions. Google+ is a social network.

    • los bocadillos

      If you say that google+ will go the way of Google Wave it can oly mean that you have not tried it. Google Wave was just email with some additions. Google+ is a social network.

    • los bocadillos

      If you say that google+ will go the way of Google Wave it can oly mean that you have not tried it. Google Wave was just email with some additions. Google+ is a social network.

    • buta chan

      I have never even heard of that…

    • http://twitter.com/borischu BorisChu

      And I was right :)

  • http://twitter.com/borischu BorisChu

    I’m thinking this will go the way of the Google Wave..

    • los bocadillos

      If you say that google+ will go the way of Google Wave it can oly mean that you have not tried it. Google Wave was just email with some additions. Google+ is a social network.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1687141891 Ty Summers

    Hmm yes I do see the flaw now that if one doesn’t include you like you include them then the social part of it is ruined. Interesting

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1687141891 Ty Summers

    Hmm yes I do see the flaw now that if one doesn’t include you like you include them then the social part of it is ruined. Interesting

  • Anonymous

    I have been using Google + for a while, and I love it. My only problem with it is that it looks a lot like Facebook, and I HATE Facebook !!

  • Anonymous

    I have been using Google + for a while, and I love it. My only problem with it is that it looks a lot like Facebook, and I HATE Facebook !!

  • http://twitter.com/Emilsstuff Emil Mrsic

    I Like to think of it as tool to work with FB and Twitter, not a stand alone. It’s got organizational skills the others lack, plus enough, excuse the pun, buzz, to be ripe with real involvement before the bots attack.

  • http://twitter.com/Emilsstuff Emil Mrsic

    I Like to think of it as tool to work with FB and Twitter, not a stand alone. It’s got organizational skills the others lack, plus enough, excuse the pun, buzz, to be ripe with real involvement before the bots attack.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506127852 Reggie Tarleton

    Something as diverse as Google+ is something that people should try for themselves. I was a FB fanatic until I tried Google+ and now I hardly open FB. To say that Google+ sucks is shortsighted, ignorant and dim-witted!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506127852 Reggie Tarleton

    Something as diverse as Google+ is something that people should try for themselves. I was a FB fanatic until I tried Google+ and now I hardly open FB. To say that Google+ sucks is shortsighted, ignorant and dim-witted!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emotionalninja Cody Engel

    Why Kelly Clay sucks, she writes articles like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emotionalninja Cody Engel

    Why Kelly Clay sucks, she writes articles like this.

  • http://www.odysen.com Matt

    Or, escape the idiots and just a get private network such as Odysen and be done with it.

  • http://www.odysen.com Matt

    Or, escape the idiots and just a get private network such as Odysen and be done with it.

  • . Cattleya

    +1.
    People must use real name on Google+ – a virtual social network. What is a ridiculous =))
    Stupid Google =)

  • . Cattleya

    +1.
    People must use real name on Google+ – a virtual social network. What is a ridiculous =))
    Stupid Google =)

  • Anonymous

    those circles are f*ing creepy, because you don’t now to what kind of circle you’re added

  • Anonymous

    those circles are f*ing creepy, because you don’t now to what kind of circle you’re added

  • John R. Sellers

    I still think forum boards are better.

  • http://twitter.com/comedy4cast Clinton

    Hahaha. All social media is full of fail in one way or another. Citing Facebook or Twitter to point out flaws in Google + is pretty much the beginning of an endless circle.

  • http://anamiros.com/ Sona

    yes it’s sucks,and google can suck my dick ^__^

  • Anonymous

    Google’s problem with their products is that they’re written for nerds by nerds.  That’s fine for tech stuff but their “social networking” products are just as socially inept as the nerds that wrote them.  It was a failure before it launched!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! 10/10!

  • http://twitter.com/WayOffTheRecord terry howard

    Facebook..gone….Youtube….gone…..Google…sucks cock

  • http://twitter.com/WayOffTheRecord terry howard

    I am afraid this is the beginning of the end for the internet….
    Whenever corporations become conglomerates, the ‘I care about you’ factor totally flies out the window.
    In truth, Google doesn’t give a Fuck about anything but their bottom line….and since they are The major player on the internet…..this spells nothing but disaster…
    FUCK GOOGLE COCK SUCKERS

  • Lauren Whinebag

    What is your position on Google+ users who merely re-share non-original content .. then add their own biased commentary .. and continue to do this throughout what seems like every waking hour of their day? Moreover, these same people consider anyone new to their self-contained community to be a troll.

    These types of people are the flip-side of trolls; internet bullies within their own circles. I presume these are people who must have aspired to be newscasters but failed miserably; the likely result of their uninspired humdrum created for no other purpose than to elevate themselves over their equally-bland followers. Lonely, sad people with only virtual rather than physical friends. They probably sit home all day, surrounded by a bunch of cats and empty bags of chips, too busy copy/pasting to make a real existence for themselves.

    In my experience, Google+ has become not unlike Wikipedia(dot)org; contribute to a topic you don’t own, and/or choose wording that the moderator doesn’t agree with, and you risk being deleted, muted or blocked altogether.

  • Janius

    You have 5.878 G+ circles!!
    Do you really think G+ sucks?
    What kind of hypocrisy is this?

  • shoutdragonite210

    Next it’s gonna be “you can’t watch videos if you don’t have google plus. WE SHOULD ALL MAKE A NEW SITE JUST LIKE GOOGLE, BUT NO GOOGLE PLUS!!!

  • shoutdragonite210

    Also I bet google is collecting our personal data so they could take over america

  • jay

    Kelly, can I stick my dick up your butt?