Google spent the last couple of years ramming Google+ down everybody’s throats. If you have a Google account then you have a Google+ profile, whether you know about it or not. And then there was that whole nasty YouTube business, which didn’t go down too well.
Now, things seem to be changing. The main man behind Google+ has left the company, and there is talk of the social network being scaled back or even broken up into smaller fragments. Does anyone care? We learned the truth during an epic We Ask You discussion all about G+.
Love, Hate, Utter Contempt
We asked you, Do You Care What Happens To Google+? We had a good number of responses to this question, with a fascinating range of opinions. Interestingly, the number of positive and negative comments regarding Google+ was roughly equal, with almost as many people expressing love rather than hate for the social networking effort. Which was somewhat unexpected.
The most interesting conclusion to draw from the discussion is the one teased in the title. Several people made reference to Google+ as being a different beast to Facebook; Facebook being where you go to keep up with friends, Google+ being where you go to make new connections with strangers. Facebook puts the social in social networking, whereas Google+ is more about networking.
There’s one obvious reason for this Friends vs. Strangers differentiation between the two services… everyone you know is on Facebook, but no one you know is on Google+. Yet. Which is both a blessing and a curse.
One other opinion which coursed through the comments thread suggests Google truly erred when it decided to force G+ on everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sure, it led to impressive growth figures, but it also solidified people’s hate for what one commenter referred to as “a WORM!!”
Perhaps if Google had let G+ grow organically rather than foist it upon us all like a second helping of shit sandwiches then Google+ would be loved by many more people. As things stand, it’s difficult to see what, if anything, Google could do to turn the 50 percent hate into 100 percent love.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rick Shortt, Rajaa C, and Peter F. Comment Of The Week goes to Grayda, who won with this comment:
Yes, I do care. Primarily because I run a photography business and I get far more interactions on Google+ than I do on Facebook, but also because Facebook annoys / scares me with these “promoted” posts and such, where they limit how many people see my post, unless I pay them money and even then, I have no way of knowing if everyone sees it or not. Highway robbery.
Since YouTube switched to Google+ for comments, I’ve been happier because replies are threaded and I can follow a conversation without scrolling through 10 pages of comments. I also have three “accounts” on YouTube. My Google+ account, my Google+ business account, and my old legacy username-based YouTube which I use to manage subscriptions and such.
Through Google+, I have been on photowalks with the likes of Trey Ratcliff (HDR guru) and Brian Matiash / Nicole Young (Brian is part of the Google photos team and Nicole is one of the most successful food stock photographers in the world). I’ve connected with plenty of new people and thanks to the What’s Hot section, have even expanded my programming knowledge which lead to some interesting new projects at work.
I’ll be happier if Google+ stays, because it’s a good alternative to the big blue F that seems hellbent making money in exchange for likes.
We chose this comment because it details a firsthand experience proving Google+ has some value to some people that isn’t currently offered by any other entity. It also raises the important point that G+ stands as competition to Facebook, which now has shareholders to appease and appears to be using some rather underhanded tactics to generate more income.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.