Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Google+. Should I join it?

This seems to sum it up pretty well, except for the fact that it's not nearly so easy for me to decide. A couple friends already have joined it. One has even said on Facebook that he plans to close his Facebook account and anyone who wants to stay in contact with him should switch to Google+. On the other hand, another friend points out that all the annoying things about Facebook are very likely to appear in Google+ eventually as consequences of the general online networking thing.

I don't use Facebook much, and I don't particularly want to. I check it at least a couple times a day to see if I've got any messages from several friends who do use it a lot, and while I'm flipping through it everyone has their usual status updates and stuff. I'll follow links or or forward them comment on pictures posted by my sister or whatever. In addition, it falls to me to arrange some gatherings with friends, one of whom uses Facebook more than e-mail. However, other than that, I don't use it much at all. I'm pretty sure I haven't friended someone unprovoked since I was in college, I don't play any games or apps, I have no photo albums except for other peoples' that I'm tagged in, and I believe I have updated my status or profile roughly once a month for the past year or more.

So I wouldn't lose much by switching to Google+, but then again, I wouldn't gain much either. It's not that I want to do all that stuff and I refuse because I don't like Facebook's privacy policy. I don't do all that stuff because I don't want to. I'm not too gregarious a person. I don't take many pictures worth sharing. I don't feel the need to share my random thoughts with the world. Well, obviously I do, but blogs allow me to be far more wordy than the "status update" tool on Facebook.

Given what I use Facebook for, I'd do just as well on Google+. Maybe a tiny bit better if I can consolidate profile information and stuff between my blog profile and that. I couldn't get rid of my Facebook account unless a whole lot of people switch over, though.

I suppose I'm overthinking this. It's a common problem. I can always create a Google+ account and then just use it as much or as little as I feel like. The burden in time, risk, etc. of just one more profile and set of passwords (or, like I said if it can be shared with blogging, maybe not even that) is negligible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It seems relevant that this blog is on a Google platform, but that could go either way. Perhaps it's best to join the Borg, or to maintain some independence from it.