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Google+ is, at the time of writing, still a thing, but its future is far from assured. Unless there’s a huge wave of interest, Google+ may not be long for this world. Or perhaps I’m just being pessimistic, and actually people are still interested in Google’s social network.

There’s only one way to find out… POLL!

Gmail Kills the Competition

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which of These Free Email Services Do You Use?

Out of a total of 537 votes, 63.7% chose Gmail, 17.3% chose Outlook, 9.9% chose Yahoo! Mail, 1.9% chose iCloud Mail, 1.9% chose GMX Mail, and 5.4% chose Other.

This is, rather obviously, a massive victory for Gmail Rediscover Gmail Labels and Finally Tame Your Inbox Rediscover Gmail Labels and Finally Tame Your Inbox There are plenty of tricks to deal with email overload, but there's one right under your nose that you might not be using: good old Gmail labels. Read More , which polled almost two thirds of the votes. Google’s free email offering beat Microsoft’s Outlook Become a Pro Outlook User By Avoiding Common Mistakes Become a Pro Outlook User By Avoiding Common Mistakes If you work in a typical office environment, the odds are pretty good that the mail system is an Exchange sever and that the mail client of choice is Outlook. We've covered Outlook here at... Read More into second place, with Yahoo! Mail coming in third. The rest aren’t even worth mentioning.

While it’s no surprise to see Gmail win, the size of the victory is impressive. But then Google succeeds by the sheer scale of its ambitions. Android and Chrome are both hugely popular services too, and using one means you’re already involved in the Google ecosystem. Hence, Gmail is your default option for email.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Tom Spinella, R Stevens, and Erik. Comment Of The Week goes to EDtheED, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Which of These Free Email Services Do You Use? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which of These Free Email Services Do You Use? [MakeUseOf Poll] There are a number of free email services available for us all to use. But which do you personally use? And what made you choose that particular service over the competition? Read More :

Used to use Yahoo until the spam became too bad and the ui became worse.

Now I’m on Zoho and love it. No spam. Great with tabs, and can use both folders and labels. Plus, an online office suite that I don’t use.

I also have an outlook account that I got when it was new and will use as my logon for Windows 10. No plans to use it as my primary email as Zoho is working great.

I also have a gmail account only because I use Android and Chrome OS and Drive. Don’t use it for email because I hate gmail for email. The web interface absolutely sucks. No tabs. No folders. Labels are crap. You can’t label sent emails AND remove them from the sent folder. Sorry, sent label. Hate conversation view and turned it off. Hate how if you delete one email in a thread, it deletes the whole conversation. Did I say I absolutely hate labels?

Gmail is the most unintuitive piece of software ever. These PhDs at Google have no concept of intuitive ui design for the web. Android design is pretty good though.

So, yahoo is too spammy, outlook is good with a clean layout, gmail is horrible from a ui/ux perspective, Zoho has all I need despite its 1990’s design. Zoho wins for me.

We chose this comment because it offers a brilliant rundown of the reasons this particular reader rejected the most obvious contenders and instead opted for Zoho. It also confirms our suspicions that Gmail is only so popular because of Android, Chrome, and the other intertwined Google products and services.

Google Plus or Google Minus?

Google+ Google Plus: A Guide For Everyone Google Plus: A Guide For Everyone If you’re reading this guide, you have probably wondered, “Why should I sign up for Google+?” The answer is simple: Google. You may have heard of them. Read More hasn’t had the most satisfying of lives. It started well, offering an exciting, innovative alternative to Facebook. But that early interest soon waned when everybody realized it was just another social network 5 Things I Like And 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus [Opinion] 5 Things I Like And 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus [Opinion] When Google + finally came out, I actually avoided using it for up to a year. Not only was I skeptical, but I've been an initial user of a social network before, and it's absolutely... Read More .

Now, Google+ exists in a kind of limbo. It’s still there, and some people use it on a regular basis. However, most of us probably wouldn’t miss Google+ if it was killed off tomorrow, which is always a possibility with Google in charge Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself? Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself? First they came for Buzz and no one cared. Then they came for Notebook. Now they've come for Reader. What technology will Google take away from you next? This article explains several Google technologies that... Read More .

We simply want to know, “When Was the Last Time You Checked Google+?

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you use Google+ on a daily basis, what keeps you coming back so often? If you’re only an occasional user, what could Google do to up your interest? If Google+ really isn’t your thing, do you think Google should just kill it altogether?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. LM Stewart
    June 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I logged in with my G+ to write this and found the poll via G+ as well. I use it constantly. I have discussions with people that share my interests, and my sense of humor. I'm not stuck "liking" the crap someone I had one class in junior high with likes to post. I love how my circles are arranged, and find everything to be rather intuitive when there's a new feature.

    Like any new social network, there's a learning curve. Those that are too lazy to try miss out on a world, and sometimes beyond (love those astronauts that plus from the international space station), of riveting discussions and fantastic music, art, and writing. The best part though is that I can have discussions with actual rocket scientists and even the President held a hangout and answered questions maybe a year ago. It's been a while. Everyone is so amazed he did an AMA, but we'd heard from him live on camera answering our questions ages ago.

    If you want to only talk to people you've met offline, then Facebook is for you. If you want your news and information in tiny bite size pieces, you should be on Twitter. If discussions with intelligent people that share your interests and can become friends offline as well sounds even remotely attractive, Google+ is definitely where you want to be.

  2. Maine Pain
    June 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Ironically I'm logged in using my G+ profile to write this!

    I use G+ every day all day. I find it carries a much more intellectual stream. The format is being copied by FB so go figure!

    The one and ONLY reason I use FB at all is to keep in touch w/ friends and family who are not savvy enough to bother w/ G+.

    Basically FB forces itself on you like a rash! It's bloatware on phones. it's required for some games and other websites etc. It's like chicken pox. Even when you think it's gone you can still end up with it as you get older.

    I love my G+!

  3. Hans Henrik de Glasenapp
    June 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I use G+ almost everyday, and quit FB a few years back because I felt I spent too much time there per log in, and had for a long time hated "cryptic" messages posted along with semi-political statements I had no intentions of liking or commenting.
    G+ is perfect for my use: I choose which interests and communities I want to follow and be part of, and posts in my stream contains more what I want to read about. Local news, tech, photography, rock climbing etc.

  4. David Manvell (HoldThePickles on Ingress)
    June 7, 2015 at 3:44 am

    this is a stupid article. Google Plus has one of the largest social networks out there and if it dropped off Line all of a sudden there would be one hell of a backlash. Articles like this just have headlines like that hoping people will click on it.

  5. MightyAlex200
    June 7, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I use Google+ everyday because it's easy to sort through, use, and find amusing/interesting content right on my home page. It also provides an innovative way to sort people

  6. Chris Handley
    June 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I use it everyday. Compared to my FB feed, which contains some amusing things from friends, but because my feed there is pruned to be those who actually post interesting stuff, and other people are sectioned away for being boring, or politically foul (can't choose your family can you) - G+ is filled with content from people who share interests that I have, and are people I know from forums, and other online sites for gaming etc.

    G+ also hosts better conversations, and a cleaner feed, with visually more appealing posts, and better photo facilities. Combined with blogger (the platform I use for my podcast blog), it makes sharing out content to people, and communities far easier.

  7. Thomas Christensen
    June 6, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I check Facebook maybe once or twice a day, use the mobile site, don't even have the app on my phone. I don't even want to be on there and tried to delete my account - still it wouldn't go away. Apparently society demands of me to have a presence there. It's for friends and family, nothing more. Google+ on the other hand I use all the time during the day. Here I know interesting people, influential people, knowledgeable people - people with whom I share interests with, passion. Both those who I agree with and not - but the majority of those on Google+ are compassionate and respectful, even if they don't always agree with you. I can have discussions there, which would never be possible on Facebook. It's in the DNA of the network, it's just so very different than other social networks, that are mostly shallow, superficial.

  8. Jero Van den Eynde
    June 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    G+ Just allows me to follow what I want to follow, all neatly divided in groups. Check G+ several times per day. Almost never publish publicly. So it might seem that I do not use it a lot, but the contrary is true. I just don't want to spam everyone with any comments. I do not just use the circles to group my info, but also to make sure that the info I want to share, is aimed at those who might be interested the most.

    Handy especially when having interests in very different (unrelated) areas, while living abroad ( so I have circles from the country I used to live in, to those that use the same language to a circle for the country I live in to the region I live in, all next to those by subject matter)

    • Jero Van den Eynde
      June 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Just wanted to add after reading some other comments:
      My facebook account is clinically dead. I still have it, never use it anymore. This because F-book really took living out of life for me, making me spend too much time filtering through BS to get to things that interest me...

  9. José Pedro Paula
    June 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    It's just like real life on social media. Pure and simple. Most rewarding experience.
    I think I'm going to quit on all my real life friends. Just kidding.

  10. Harry Fabel
    June 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I never log out

  11. Brendan Thesingh
    June 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    You could better ask me when I log out, because I don't. It's great for finding new people and reading up on any new developments.

  12. Jennifer Hatcher
    June 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I use G+ multiple times per day. I've got a lot of old friends there, but have met so many more people with similar interests. I'm not constantly being dragged into groups like on Facebook. I feel a greater sense of control over who can see my posts and creating different circles for interests or friend types (close, family, etc) helps.

  13. Patrick Kursawe
    June 5, 2015 at 6:06 am

    So true. Google+ just does the job for me, without constantly trying to drag me in (like facebook, where the app only tells me that I have a notification instead of showing the notification - to which I childishly react with refusal) - I like the design, the (still) better signal/noise ratio. Oh yes, and ingress is of course closely connected to G+/Hangouts.
    How much I am used to using it can be seen from the fact that I just looked for the "+1" button below your comment.

  14. Susan Bellwood
    June 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I checked Google+ once last month, I forgot it was there. It's another social site that takes way too much of my time. I have trouble enough keeping up with my rss feed and newsletters and Facebook. I still haven't figured Twitter out, which is probably a good thing.

  15. Dominus Interceptus
    June 4, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Holy crap i cant edit comment on my phone ... What i mean is: "Not really using Facebook for 5 years. Twitter just for something else. G+ is for everything. It is clean, comfortable, fast, easy to use, customisible, retarded advertising mostly free, communities are nice and it is just sexy. I like smart things."

  16. Dominus Interceptus
    June 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Not really using Facebook for 5 years. Take just for something else. G+ is for everything. It is clean, comfortable, fast, easy to use, customisible, retarded add mostly free, communities are nice and it just is sexy. I like smart things.

  17. Matt Coontz (Aranen Zen)
    June 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Ingress. I use it to keep in touch with the many groups I'm part of because of ingress.

  18. Andrew Weekes
    June 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I use it multiple times daily. Compared to Facebook the standard of discussion and intellect on G+ is orders of magnitude higher and far easier to curate. Compared to Twitter it allows more detail and a deeper dive than 140 characters can allow. As a social network it works better for discovery than any other service, the ability to find interesting individuals, communities and groups is significantly easier and I value the knowledge I gain from its use beyond any other service. Twitter only beats it for breaking news, Facebook is simply a way to keep in touch with people who don't use G+, in every other respect I hate it.

  19. Justin Southwick
    June 4, 2015 at 5:38 am

    I love G+! Use it daily and a has become my primary daily source of news and social connection. Facebook is simply too full of the same old rubbish and spam every day. I have found myself using G+ increasingly and support both my wifes and friends business pages which i helped create along with my the groups and communities i have connected with.

  20. Fábio Pereira (Serzedo)
    June 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I last checked Google+... just before entering this site. For me Google+ is way more awesome than Twitter and Facebook. I left using Facebook in 2011, there was and by what I see from my girlfriend stream, there still is too much garbage on the stream and those gaming notifications, and other nonsense notifications are boring. Twitter, well I never used Twitter too much, only for sharing game scores and that was about it... the 140 char limit and the way we can't follow the conversation the easy way was too bad for me. On Google+ I have everything I need, interesting topics, easy to use stream and don't have all those games and ads that only confuse the eyes, I can engage with people that share the same interests as me really easy just by searching Google+ messages, the community seems way more addictive, user friendly and it's awesome to do new friends. That's just my point of view of course.

  21. Stephen Anthony
    June 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    For me, G+ is for adults - people who are more interested in shared interests, not existing friendships. G+ supports this, IMO, other SM sites, not so much. I've met (virtually) people that I don't think I ever would have crossed paths with, based on those shared interests, and I'm all the richer for it.

    • Andrew Weekes
      June 4, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Brilliant analysis, agree totally.

  22. Sebastian Hietsch
    June 3, 2015 at 6:14 am

    It is rather peculiar how the option "Today... I Love Google+" was voted for more than five times as often as any of the other options, or as a matter of fact, five times as often as any recent makeuseof poll...

    • Jason Ansaldo
      June 3, 2015 at 10:33 am

      I normally do not vote on the polls here. The link to this poll showed up on my G+ stream, shared by somebody else, and I came over to show my support. For me it is trying to break the perception that not beating Facebook means the platform is a failure. The network is not a "ghost town", the content is plentiful. You just have to learn how to use it as it is different than the Facebook approach.

    • Matthew Greenbaum
      June 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      I am with Jason. I have never even heard of this site before but someone posted a link and I wanted to show support. I think the comments here have been very representative of why I love Google+. I have made more and better connections through G+ than I have through any other online setting. I have connected with people over shared interests who I never would have met before. The level of discourse, even over heated topics, is slightly better. The majority of the people that I have met do not want to get sunk in the mire and so even when there is yelling and anger, there is far less hatred and vitriol than I have seen in most other places during similar conversations. Is it perfect? No. But does it do an amazing job of connecting people and fostering intelligent, or at least very interesting, conversations? Absolutely.

    • Tony Maguire
      June 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Content creators should take note. G+ may not have the numbers that the other social media networks have but it is very powerful means of communication. The way circles organizes your contacts and your stream eliminates so much of the noise you find elsewhere. Not to mention the lack of ads and games. If you're not on g+ you're blowing it.

  23. Neoh Y S
    June 3, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I hate ads. I like Google plus which is cleaner.

  24. Winston Muldrew Chaplain
    June 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I know of no other social media network like G+. I'm ion ministry so there are over a 1,000 like me. You can tell by their profile that they are people of faith. By title or religion. On facebook I see only names. I might offend someone who does not want to here about religion. How can you tell before you invite them? It is simple on G+ plus I have other interest too and I can add them to my circle of friends.

  25. William Wells
    June 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I wouldn't go on Facebook if they paid me. But I'd pay dearly for Google+. It's become essential to my life. I not only have a wide array of people that I communicate with, I have a wide group of friends who aren't just people I know down the street, but people I would seek out as friends from anywhere on the planet. I know poets and artists and scientists and astronauts. I know photographers, writers, historians, and people engaged in every interesting endeavor known to man. It's like a virtual who's who of fascinating people who want to interact with you. I've never been so inspired. Everyone I've met on G+ has broadened my experience and brightened my life. It's wonderful.

    • Tony Maguire
      June 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I concur wholeheartedly.

  26. goth “the elder” 1856
    June 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    g+ has a clean easy to understand ui. very uncluttered. no adverts and complete control over your streams content. your vote button for using it everyday that says 'i love google' is wrong. g+ is not without its issues. mainly among then: doesn't parse the stream correctly, posts are out of order and its a major memory hog that sometimes crashes the tab.

  27. Vash Crowley
    June 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Google+ has been nothing but good to me since I joined in beta. On top of the constant stream of entertaining posts, I get great articles from like-minded people, great communities, and even an outlet to promote my online store (using its own community as not to be a douche) and my random freebie giveaways that I've recently started doing. Yes, G+ has had it's ups and downs, but all in all, it's been a highly positive experience... which is more than I can say for FB and it's plethora of forced ads, altered news streams, and constant flood of game invites (NO! I WILL NOT FEED YOUR COWS!!).

  28. Mr Universe
    June 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I just started using Google+ 1 week ago -after taking a year long break from all social media. I have to say Google+ is better than ever! With less than 100 friends I have made more 'meaningful' connections on g+ than I ever have with all other networks combined (especially facebook, omg!). Comparing Google+ to Facebook? LOL there is no competition! I would much rather be appreciated for who I am from my current level of understanding -rather than for the frivolous crap people like to gossip about on fb. Because Facebook allows 3rd party services to pretty much automate every part of users' profiles, pages, etc -it greatly diminishes the quality of interactions. Whereas the only thing you can automate on google+ is the posting of content to profiles (or pages). And even then you must still create or find things to add to your posting queue. This fact alone allows for a more natural experience -facilitating real interactions with real people! Which I think should be the foundation of any 'social network'. The whole layout and overall experience of Google+ attributes to freedom of expression and personality -which just works for me! Thanks Google+ you guys rock! Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc... you've got a bunch of clean up to do! hehe

  29. Liam Patterson
    June 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I use G+ exclusively these days.I have a Twitter that never gets used and I dropped Facebook about a month after G+ came out. As all the others have said, it's better control over what I do and don't see, who does and does not see my posts and above all that - the people! I have made more new friends on G+ in the few years it's been a Thing than I have in all the other social media combined. As someone who doesn't do the 'face to face' thing very often, meeting new people online is a HUGE draw. G+ is very much NOT dead. We have plenty of users who log in daily. It's pretty much always up in the background on my PC and I check multiple times if I am out and about.

  30. Brenna Bliss
    June 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I check Google Plus multiple times a day, every single day. I use it as my "blog". I use it to share photos. I use it to chat. It is superior to FakeBook in every single way.

  31. Bobbi Jo Woods
    June 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I LOVE Google+. I consider it my "only" social space, even though I do have accounts with Twitter and FB (although I'm considering dropping the FB account altogether). I agree with the numerous statements already made here by fellow G+ers but I will have to say the transparency with which we can connect to others and at the SAME TIME, protect our private content and control the ways in which others can engage/how we choose to engage on G+ is remarkable, compared to other social spaces. You can't do this on Twitter, and you can't disable comments on a status in FB...among other things. We used to be able to say that G+ was above and beyond other social networks because of Hangouts. Now that FB has group Facetime, perhaps that's no longer the case, but for me, it's always boiled down to the people, the way we connect, and the fact that, for the first time ever in my lifetime, a social network has enhanced my life tenfold, since I've started using it almost 4 years ago. I've not only launched two businesses and gotten actual clients through the service, I've also made lifetime friends, people who I have not only talked with on posts and in video Hangouts, but whom I've flown across the country to meet and visit with, some even on multiple occasions. People I can call friends. Not even Facebook "Friends" are actually people I do this with...ironic, since we have circles/connections on G+ and "friends" on FB. Thanks, MakeUseOf, for your poll, for listening to your readers, and also thanks for the ability for me to login and comment via G+, unlike some other article sites.

  32. Victor Campos
    June 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Google+ is my favorite social network. I've made the best connections there. Whereas Facebook is about connecting with old friends, G+ is about making new ones. And it works. I have over 2 million views and a thousand Circled. I post the same thing to Fb, G+, and Twitter, and I ALWAYS have more +1s, Comments and Shares on Google+ compared to the other two. I'm concerned how Google is mucking with the service (bring back Ripples!!), but I wouldn't give it up for anything.

  33. Jane Eyre
    June 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you lol

  34. B Ell
    June 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I don't use the internet for actual personal relationships - that's what real life is for. I use it for getting information about topics that interest me and for interacting with people who share those interests. I am under no illusion that those people are actual friends. I discuss the shared interest with them, but I don't tell them how heartbroken I am that their dog died. Google+ is perfect for that. I've learned a lot about many subjects that interest me, and I've been able to help other people learn as well, both of which are very satisfying experiences.

  35. Thee, Hannah
    June 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    So much fun with so many wonderful people.

  36. Rich Peall
    June 2, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    G+ every day, multiple times a day, I like the people I meet and the conversations I have, its a great way of communicating with like minded folk and such an easy platform to use.

  37. sharon sloan
    June 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I'm on google + almost every day. It is the social network where I always see something different, and learn something new. Communities are a great way of meeting people with similar interests. Facebook is OK for keeping up with people you know, but that is it. Twitter is good for keeping up with news events. Pinterest is great for craft ideas, but G+ has the best conversations, and a diverse circle of online friends.

  38. Vb Wyrde
    June 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Yup. Use it every day. I like the interface. Sure, it needs some improvements, but as is, I think it's pretty great. No, I don't think it's going away any time soon. If it does, I will be disappointed.

  39. Matthew J Price
    June 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I've used G+ nearly every day since August 8th 2011. It's home to the largest and healthiest communities of transhumanists on the internet, and the longform content and commenting are unparalleled. If you want to discuss ideas, G+ is king. If you want to see what your highschool girlfriend is up to, or where your grandma is vacationing, use Facebook.

  40. Amahri Howland
    June 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I use Google + daily!!!

  41. Emily “Syreene” Vitori
    June 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I use Google Plus on a daily basis because that's where I do my freelance work, and because of the extensive community of like-minded people that I've been able to find there. It's incredibly active, easy to use, isn't full of ads or cheesy in-app purchase games like Facebook, and has a lot of great features that Facebook and other social platforms don't have. I prefer it to any other social platform out there so far.

  42. Andrew Y. (Game Master)
    June 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I use Google+ almost daily. It's excellent at providing interesting content that is actually relevant to me. Facebook is where my real-life friends and family live. Google+ is where my internet communities live.

  43. Nigel Swan (Snott)
    June 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I feel like im being trolled. I've used G+ every day pretty much since beta. Facebook just makes me angry and frustrated, though that may just be the mentality of the users. G+ sorts that. Userbase seems more educated and courteous generally. It's my main social media fix.

    • Conrad Braam (zaphodikus)
      June 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Ditto on all counts there Nigel. I keep accounts on other platforms, but only to create separate life-modes or social groupings. And for gathering noise and spammers in one bucket. G+ and Hangouts are the boz.

  44. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 2, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I don't remember any makeuseof poll which generated this much votes.

  45. jd quinitchette (CrazyLikeABOSS)
    June 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Google is so smart it's stupid. As soon as people figure out how to make money using a G+ feature, Google kills it, as if anyone making money from G+( including Google itself) is inherently evil or something. This drove a lot of people away. They don't like Christians on Google Plus either, and their willingness to let science and atheist trolls run people of faith off the platform is reprehensible. Drove Vic Gundotra away with the 80th Psalm as his farewell: "Man is but a breath," (so stop tryna scientifically disprove God.) This drove many more people off the platform. Google has just begun to figure out they are turning away money, too. Now, I perceive they would rather kill off Google Plus than CAPITULATE and let the mega-Christians flood them with the liquidity that Google can get no place else but YouTube. which product now makes long for the return of NAPSTER! ONE MORE INCONTINENCE PRODUCT ADVERT will soon be one too many for me. Google needs to get off its semantic SERP and pay attention to Blogger and G+. These products should be raking it in for Google.They aren't doing as well as they ought because Google is not listening to the users. The worldview of Google employees is so far removed from its users that they are destroying their most practical, useful products. The Grand Vision is for visionaries, not people who want chat and swag, in that order.

  46. cobalt please
    June 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I use it daily and usually I check into it numerous times or STAY online with it most of the day from morning to bedtime. It is so easy to find interesting people and topics of conversation there. No being bombarded with ads, brand name marketers, silly games or flashing lights and gimmicks. Actual conversation there - not just a bunch of GIF images and silly drivel. Another commenter here (or maybe more commenters) mentioned "higher level of intelligence", that's right too. I quit FB four years ago and literally I've been happier ever since leaving there. I remember how grouchy I would feel after being online in Facebook. Just made it into Beta before it went public with Google+ and literally, a whole new world. It was "Well Hellooooo Google+" and I took off running with it. Like another commenter said, I too have met over a 100 members in real life and have had a ball with the meetups and photo walks. Not a ringer in the bunch. These are real folks who have no use in pretending to be someone else, you get the real deal on Google+. All in all, it adds to my life and in such positive ways.

  47. Harry Goldstone
    June 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I would love it if g+ allowed me to put pictures in comments and have more control over link previews. I'd be way happier if there was less random clutter - for example the "trending" stuff in my feed is pretty annoying. Stuff I didn't sign up for appearing in my feed means I can't guarantee that I'll be safe from stuff I find upsetting, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transantagonism, classism etc. I would also like it if it was easier and quicker to mute posts from my phone. For the same reason. It would be awesome if there was an option less severe than blocking, where you could ask it to stop suggesting someone as a friend and remove yourself from their circles when they add you.

  48. Jeffrey J Davis
    June 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

    REAL People, REAL Engagement, Actual Intelligent Dialog. The Ability to filter out Cat GIF's. The Social Network for folks with an IQ > 120.

  49. A41202813GMAIL ..
    June 2, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Wonderful Site For F1, Sports, Tech, Food, *Controversial Content*, And So Much More. --- Cheers.

  50. Reed Hayes (arc13)
    June 2, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Ingress brought me into G+ but now...I use it every day- way more than Facebook. Its content sharing is superior and the community is excellent. I use Hangouts regularly, too.

  51. Sean Davis
    June 2, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I much prefer Google+ to Facebook and Twitter. The content is much better and I love the wit and humor of the community.

  52. Jonathan Búcaro
    June 2, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I like Google Plus because the content, I can find post about developers, designers and most of the time they have better quality than those found in twitter or other social media sites. Love the geeky humor found only on G+.

  53. Stan McCann
    June 2, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I love the community of G+. People post interesting content rather than the "what I had for breakfast" FB posts.

  54. Michael Williamson
    June 2, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Oh, please, this again? If tech journos are really this out of touch, should we really be listening to anything they have to say? http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824613/why-google-is-the-place-for-passions.html

  55. Pam Adger
    June 2, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I have met almost 100 people from G+ in real life. I have an engaged and intelligent group of people who never cease to surprise me. There are real conversations...while on FB it's...post and run...come back and read comments. Or political/religious bs that you are sort of trapped into because these people are ones you actually know.

  56. Karen Schumacher
    June 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

    I'm a long-time Plusser, started Beta. I have used G+ on a daily basis since. I think I have a total of 4 days not logging in at all. It is my go-to. I have made friends and I have found lovers. It is fun, entertaining, fast paced (except at 4:30 in the morning). It keeps me energized. I love the interaction. I love that people respond, interact, interject, argue, agree, call each other names and call each other friend. I'm also on FB, and I've got a twitr, and a tumblr... I use G+ more than the rest *combined*, by an order of magnitude reaching into the hundreds. The others may get logged into, at best, once or twice a week. At best. By comparison, I'm clicking into G+ every day, multiple times a day. I log in when I wake up, and it's often the last thing I turn off before I go to bed. Days off are spent logged in, either on the desktop or on the tablet. I love the Plus. I am staunchly Plus. I freely admit I'm addicted to the Plus, and I don't mind one bit. I'm a Plusser.

  57. Josh Chaffin
    June 2, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Love G+. I like how easy it makes it to share posts with specific audiences. I like how I've always been able to customize my stream to show what I want. I like how I can group my circles so with a click I see everything in a single category for quick and easy information.

  58. Mario Machuca
    June 2, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Love it, yeah the friends and family don't use it, but I get to meet all new people with the same interest. Lots of good content you can't find anywhere else.

  59. Matti Palmström
    June 2, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I prefer G+ any day. More original content, less game invites. Also, it has a proper search function which Facebook still lacks after ten years.

  60. psher grant
    June 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    g+ led me to people with shared interests and expanded my interests in other things. The chance to meet other people from around the world is also a g+!

  61. Dennis Lowery
    June 2, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I use Google+ daily and love the interaction l. As a writer I find the international reach compelling and powerful and a great way to get feedback on my writing. I also find that cultural diversity a great aid in generating storie ideas and trends of what people find interesting.

  62. Emanuele Zanetti (zanna)
    June 2, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I've been using it since the beta, and I love it. I used to check on G+ and Facebook in the beginning, then I realised I was having way more interesting conversations and seeing way more interesting posts on G+ so I almost abandoned Facebook, no reason for me to keep using it, even if none of my friends are on G+. once I'll need no more my University group I'll be deleting my Facebook account along with my WhatsApp account.

  63. Daniel C
    June 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    This comment system can't even handle a carriage return? Had a nicely formatted post and it was jammed into a huge paragraph. Come on comment coders... help me out. Also... no edit? You can probably get a free comment system that would do more than this one right here. My hosting account has like 5 of them.

  64. Wade Harman
    June 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I use Google Plus every day, multiple times per day. I love this platform because it has helped me build a brand and the engagement over there is tremendous. It's the whole package imo. Engagements, communities, video marketing, and now Collections to bring more targeted people to what you have to say.

  65. Daniel C
    June 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    This article is basically a clone of the exact same post we've seen repeatedly in the last 5 years. G+ is dead, no one uses it, no one cares and the insightful and accurate "It's not long for this world". Let me explain this in simple terms everyone can understand: Facebook - Where you go if you want to read about how your sister's neighbor's cat did in this week's "dress your cat up like a bear" contest. Your friends are based on people you already know and you have to give permission for anyone to see your stuff. G+ - Where you go if you want content. Whatever you like there are a circle of people around it who like the same thing. Sailing? Sure they've got that and not one of them will post a selfie and a comment about how they're now at Walmart having some pizza. Your friends are based on content and similar interest and you can follow them without any special permission. I go there every day because I like a certain type of music and a certain team. When I log in I see posts about my type of music and articles about my team. No dumb stuff. No personal information, stories about dirty diapers, no ads and no freaking Farmville. If you care about content and making friends outside your IRL people then G+ is far superior. If you care about a certain hobby or interest then G+ is far superior. If you care about keeping up with your sister who makes a bajillion posts a day with tons of pictures of your nieces and nephews then Facebook is for you. If you love your interface to change 15 times a year then Facebook is for you. If you want your social network to constantly change security features and regularly reset your alert and notification settings to receive all marketing then Facebook is for you. Sorted.

  66. Crissy Moss
    June 1, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I go back to G+ daily because that's where my friends are. That's how I find new content. I make new acquaintances who are also into writing, reading, gaming and art. It's a great website and much cleaner, easier to use than FB. Plus, no family, no stupid videos of gross things that auto play, no one else deciding what I can and can not see.

  67. Evan Ezewski
    June 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I have all but completely abandoned Facebook and my FB profile is just a redirect to my Google+

  68. Maxwell Erickson
    June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I use G+ every day. I don't necessarily visit the website, but what kills it for me is notifications. Notifications give me an easy-access, quick way to access my feed, keep up with news, friends, and communities, and link me to articles. Also, it fits intuitively into the rest of the Google atmosphere. I use Google for email, I use Drive, I use Chrome. I'm typing this comment on a Chromebook, running Chrome OS (although I could switch to Chrubuntu). Why not Google as a social media? It works fantastically well.

  69. Michele Brami
    June 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Well... i'm sure you can find "why" by yourself, when comparing total number of votes for this poll...

  70. Nathan Pitts
    June 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I have completely abandoned my Facebook and requested that they delete my profile for more than 2 years now, and my home is G+. I have met numerous people - some of which are "celebrities" of a sort to me - and made quite a few new connections. The community-oriented way of navigating in G+ brings me closer to people who have the same interests as me, but not necessarily the same opinions, which is refreshing. Though you will always find someone posting drivel (sensationalism, click-bait, quasi pornography) on any social network, the ratio of posts I am interested in to posts which I immediately block is much higher over here. I have had intelligent, informed discussions - hey, even arguments - with folks on G+ without things degenerating into name-calling, which I never experienced on Facebook. People actually share their supporting evidence over here, instead of simply reciting rhetoric.

  71. Brane Petkoski
    June 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    G+ is all about communities , 90% of my posts on g+ are shared with communities . G+ is only social network where you can have productive discussions about some topic. G+ is like biggest forum in the world. Comparing it to fb is wrong because fb is more like personal social network.People are watching photos from friend and liking them,sharing songs and commenting with stickers or five words . When the last time you saw someone sharing his book,app,design project on facebook ? Its been years right ? Well, thats because people want to share there books with people that love book,not with some random "friends". Thats where g+ comes in,you are sharing things with people who are interested in that and can give you feedback. Just like forums.

  72. Ol' CountryTek
    June 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I like the fact that the signal-to-noise ratio is better, and I should spend more time on it and LinkedIn - and less on you-know-where, but that's were most of my family and friends live, so . . . =:^/

  73. Manuel Rico
    June 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I don't see as a strict facebook competitor. More like a social network for interests. Any interest by the way. You can keep all your interests updates, stories, everything on the site. And very well and easily separated with circles. My personal example. I'm a very religious tech fan. Truth is that most of my religious content doesn't compel my tech friends, and viceversa. So I have two circles and that's it, simple. And you can always invite people to more than one or all your circles.

  74. Patrick Plante
    June 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I can't stand Facebook..., or maybe more how people use Facebook. It's a well done system and a good idea, but I don't care about wanabe stars or people eating toasts or going on vacation, Facebook is miss used. Google+ is a different monster and he's misunderstood by wannabes and people trying to get 'likes' at all cost and..., it's perfect like that. Please Facebook people in need of attention, stay away from Google+, don't come here post your useless posts, you see, in Google+, users care about relevant information and interests, not about getting famous from a duckface pic. I've met great people sharing my interest on Google+, I've learned things, Facebook to me is a time waster about dumb things, miss used platform.

  75. Klemens S
    June 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I found many people there that post high quality content there. I can get rid of the noise more easily than on other social networks.

  76. Sean McLean
    June 1, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I'll be honest, there are aspects that I love and some that frustrate me. The way that photography is treated like a first class citizen on this great -- The work that goes into a good photo isn't trivial and seeing Facebook compress it and generally clobber it is lame. Google Plus has been great about retaining what I intended to share. I found a lot of the work shown on G+ so inspiring that I had to get involved too, and that's turning out pretty well. Another thing G+ has is communities. This has been huge for mentorship programs and sharing highly targeted content to a specific group of people (helloooo Arcanum and the Landscape Photography Community!) . The integration with Google Drive and GMail is outstanding. When is the last time you used your Facebook email account? Did you even know you had one? And Hangouts! Not bad! The amazing: A lot of the people who inspired me are now honest to goodness friends. This amazes me daily. The connections are astounding. Granted that can happen in any setting where there's a lot of interaction however I still think it's the amazingest (it's a word!) part. OK the lame: SPAM. Oh my (expletive deleted) the spam and the fake accounts make me grumpy. I don't think it's going to be gone -- maybe substantially different. Maybe it needs to be.

  77. Chris Jenkins
    June 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I am constantly checking in on G+ all day long every day. It's a better Stream than Facebook, better quality conversations, and I love following people based on shared topical interest rather than the social obligation of "Oh, I met you at a party, we have to be Facebook friends now." It's a social content platform, not a person to person social network, and that's why I love it.

  78. Yann Franck (Duxbelorum30)
    June 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I m a daily user since the beta days of google+ i love it to browse through communities of my interests and meet new people. The only thing that holds me back to delete my fb account is that a mojority of my friends are still on fb and prefere it to stay there

  79. Laura Manach
    June 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I use Google + everyday, in fact the G+ tab is always open on my Chrome :) I really love this website, made a lot of friends thanks to it and I rarelly go to Facebook now.

  80. Angel Zapata
    June 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I use Google+ daily. Never liked Facebook when it first came out, and even less with all the crazy stupid updates they put out. G+ is simple and I like the organization they have implemented. I use it for pleasure and buisiness alike, it comes in handy. And it's just plain fun.

  81. Peter Everett
    June 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I have a much better online relationship with my G+ circles than I ever had on facebook. Real life, no problem, but I just wasnt interested in their daily drivel. G+ on the other hand is ALL about what interests me: its passions rather than relationships.

  82. Amanda Blain
    June 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Ignorance.... This post is for you :) <3 http://www.amandablain.com/google-plus-ghost-town/

  83. Colin Morris
    June 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I've got G+ on my daily tabs, alongside Facebook. I'd leave Facebook if my friends were on G+; Facebook's deciding on what posts I'd like, what posts its going to hide from me, it's continual insistence on "Activity" based ordering rather than date ordering, and it's apparent inability to do date ordering when I ask for it, is poop.

  84. Roland Taylor (RolandiXor)
    June 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I chose "What is Google+?" because you just had to go and include that option... and I couldn't resist the opportunity :) I actually use it every day.

  85. Rugger Ducky
    June 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I've used G+ since before it existed--I was on Buzz and heavily contributed. I stayed on G+ because I can talk about the hard things I can't on Facebook. With people that as a general rule are a step above. Anyone remember what Facebook was like before they opened it up to everyone? Same sort of thing. So go on, keep declaring it a ghost town so the rabble don't stray in. ;-)

  86. Aalia Khan Yousafzai
    June 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I would definitely care if Google Plus Was annihilated! My articles and poetry get the right kind of audience who appreciate my writing. They are intellectual people who don't mind reading and having productive discussions from topics like science to sociology or simply appreciating humour. The Hot Stream helps in reaching out to people and also finding trending posts. We can also sort out the frequency of the kinds of posts that appear in our streams and we can categorise our own posts to make "colections". G+ is nott like Twitter with the word limit that I hate. It's not like Facebook where most people make their wall into their personal diary and social network into a gossip or stalking club. Now if most people love Facebooking, it's not our fault that the one place people like me enjoy must be wiped out. All my friends are on Google Plus and so, I love it, even if it makes is all ghosts ;)

  87. Scott Jordan
    June 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Your own poll above shows 88% of respondents are at least active monthly users, the standard metric for measuring social network health. Also, Google+ has 520+ MILLION active monthly users, more than twice as big as Twitter. And no one ever says that Twitter is going away. But comparing it to Facebook and Twitter shows a lack of understanding. A lot of people wanted Google+ to be a Facebook killer. It turned out to be something better, a topic-based community. It doesn't work well as a personal communications tool like Facebook, and it is not supposed to. But as an interest-based portal to content, it rocks. Google has figured this out and they are making the appropriate adjustments to re-focus. They have also realized that some of the things that started out as nifty bolt-on features rocked so hard that they split them off so they could work standalone. Photos can now take on Flickr. Hangouts can take on WhatsApp/Messenger and Skype. These are smart moves. But Google+ isn't going anywhere. All of those other things spawned from it. And there is no reason to think that will end. G+ is their new Labs. Also, at the end of the day, it is still the second biggest social network on the planet, double the size of Twitter.? And no one ever claims that Twitter is going to eminently die or that it is a ghost town.

  88. Remy Parker
    June 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I love G+ and use it daily for many reasons, foremost of which is the plethora of interesting people and topics that abound. It's not just about having pictures of your high school friends and their stupid kids on some bland family vacation that you care nothing about. It's about fresh new friends with interests and communities that you may have never even considered. I view G+ as the hip, new bar in town that has the best designer cocktails and the coolest environment, while Facebook is that old dirty dive bar that your friends go to every night out of habit. You'll never get your old friends to follow you to the better venue as they already know everybody at the dive and people there will pretend to care about your family photos. But isn't that kind of the point of the cool new place in town? You go there to meet new people with different ideas that expand your horizons and make for an interesting night out. Sure, it might be more fun with a few people you know and like but at least I know my grandmother isn't going to wander in to check the place out. Let the bartender order for you and don't forget to try the tapas. You may just enjoy what you find.

  89. amy campbell
    June 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Everyday! I check in with all the friends I have made here. I don't use any other social network so I really would be sad if Google discontinued G+. Please keep making improvements and move forward.

  90. Cameron Abbey
    June 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    G+ is far superior to Facebook, and the only reason I still have both is that I have a large number of friends who refuse to switch. Basically, if there's a feature FB has, G+ has a better version of it.

  91. Steffan Rollins
    June 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I love Google+ for the ways it differs from Facebook and Twitter. The way discussions are done feels more organic to me, caliber of posts is almost always higher amongst my Google+ friends than with my Facebook friends back when I had an account I used over there, and I am overall more able to be myself on the platform. This all pales in comparison to the single greatest difference between Google+ and Facebook, Twitter, etc. Communities. The variety of communities available is staggering, and even if you aren't able to find one that matches what you want out of a particular group or topic, you can always create your own and seek out people who wish to be part of that community. In summary, I feel that customization of your experience, interactions, and level of involvement are much better left up to you on Google+ than any of the other major social media platforms.

  92. Dave DeBaeremaeker
    June 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    G+ is my preferred social network. I use other ones when forced to. If I can't get it on G+, I am a sad monkey, and not likely inclined to use the service.

  93. Raquel Gonzalez
    June 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I fully enjoy my Google+ experience because I feel more freedom here. I never used facebook so I can't compare experiences but from listening to friends who have been on facebook, I recall hearing stories of old non friends from high school trying to look you up. That idea on its own keeps me from facebook. Additionally, the policy facebook has for violent videos needs attention!

  94. Adella Wright
    June 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Obsessively. I'm kind of on there all the time and need to cut back.

  95. Robert Nugent
    June 1, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I got a Google account so I could have my bookmarks available across different platforms and PCs. I got signed up for Google+ against my will. I don't have any other social media accounts, and I wasn't planning on getting one. Truth is, I have it and I like it. I'm active on it everyday.

  96. Carrie Simpson
    June 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I love G+, I love myblove

  97. Shane Shepherd
    June 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Most period who don't like G+ (that I have spoken to) don't know how to use it, how it works, and expect to log in and have stuff given to them like Facebook... Then, they get bored and leave without ever actually figuring it out or using it. I love G+! 6 get all my news, science discovery info, just everything there! So, easy to learn about any topic. And, unlike Facebook people I engage in G+ will normally participate in more than five word sentences, and meaningful discussion. Facebook is like gossip among friends - G+ is for real discussion, learning, and information on topics in which I'm interestedinterested.

  98. ted kelly
    June 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I Plus because that's where the future lies. It's okay hold on to the past, to keep near and dear to what once was. Facebook, and even going back to Geocities and BBS's were very very good to me, but so was my 63 Corvair, I just don't live for the past - or in it.

  99. Keith Milner
    June 1, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    IMO the only thing about Facebook which makes it easier to connect with people you know... is the fact that's where most people are. It's not because it's inherently a better system, or easier to user, or provides better discovery functions. It's simply because it's where most people are. Despite the fact that most people I know use Facebook, most of those people (except the occasional Grandparent new to Facebook and the Internet in general) actually don't love it, and often don't even like it that much. They is a lot of peer pressure to be on Facebook though, along with addiction (which is a problem with Social Networks in general). It's a kind of Stockholm Syndrome which keeps most people there.

  100. Jack Holt
    June 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Facebook is a social media site I use to catch up with people I know, people I've grown up with. Twitter is a social media site I use for quick bits of information. Google+ is the social media site I use to connect with people who have similar passions as I do. Google+ is the first social media web site where I feel that people genuinely show who they are and what they're excited for in life. Facebook doesn't have that and to me shows only a small snippet of what users want people to see. Since it's beta days, Google+ has grown and developed into a wonderful social media client. There have been growing pains along the way, as there is with any budding project, but it's well worth looking to for those who haven't yet. I've experienced the ghost town phenomena associated with G+ but that was because I didn't know how to use it. Once I added people and started participating in peoples' posts, only then did it become my favorite social site.

  101. Kirt Dankmyer
    June 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I check G+ multiple times a day. The filtering capabilities are excellent, you can use more than 140 characters, and I can use Friends+Me to reflect my G+ posts to other social media sites. It's extremely active in my primary areas of interest and a lot of people I want to talk to are not found anywhere else. This idea that G+ is a graveyard and a failure is terribly confusing to me. It's not Facebook, but that's a *good* thing.

  102. Valkyrie
    June 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    If Live Journal and Twitter had a love child, it would be Google Plus. It's easier to use than LJ, with a much wider audience base. The signal to noise ratio is much better than Twitter, and I find the level of thinking and engagement at G+ to be far superior to any of the other social networks. Don't even get me started on Facebook. G+ has a large and vibrant community, so it perplexes us greatly when non-users dip a toe in and declare it a ghost town.

  103. John Henry
    June 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I use G+ multiple times a day, and love it. Before I deleted my fb account, I used to say that fb was full of people I know posting things that made me dislike them, whereas G+ was full of strangers posting thoughtful and interesting content. Once your start really engaging with G+, Google's algorithms hook you up with people and groups you're interested in, so that before long you have about a 10:1 ratio of good:bad feed content. On other social networks, that ratio is reversed. Honestly I think a big part of G+'s success (for me) is that small minded people tend to avoid it in favor of fb and twitter, which eliminates a lot of the noise. It's never going to replace fb, and fb is never going to replace G+, because they serve different functions. Fb is for connecting with your aunt and your coworker and your best friend from high school, while G+ is about connecting with people who share your hobbies.

  104. Amber Hoffer
    June 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Google+ is my main social network. It allows me to find others interested in the same things I am interested in and allows me to find people across the world. I can join conversations outside of my circles of contacts, search posts to find new things, and just overall enjoy connecting with people. My stream is always filled with new and interesting things. The plus side to Google+ is that you make it what you want. It's more social about topics and isn't filled with constant "Look at the fifty pictures of my life today!", unless you WANT it to be.

  105. Gene Chiu
    June 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    There has been comparisons between Google+ and Facebook ever since G+ was first announced. Along with this comparison is the standard that people set for G+. I see many people who set the standard for G+'s success as being either to kill/replace FB or do everything FB already does. I think this standard for success is unfair because FB had already existed and already does what it is supposed to do very well. FB is designed to connect people with other people they already know. FB does this very well because a large number of people you may already know are likely already on FB. When G+ first started, no one was on G+, so unless many of the people you know decide to get on G+, G+ won't be able to do what FB does already so well. For someone who is already actively using FB, to try to use G+ for the same thing is going to be an automatic fail. After realising that G+ is not going to replace FB, I decided to explore and see what I actually can use it for. What I found was that I am able to connect with people whom I share the same interests with. These people are people all over the world whom I do not know at all. As nice as it is to connect with people I know on FB, I do have interests that practically no one I know on Facebook share to the same level as I. Since I no longer limit my criteria to people I actually know, I am able to find many people that share the same interests as me and post things I am interested in. I find that I tend to be way more engaged on G+ because of the content of the posts. The substance of the posts stands out on G+ more so than the person. On FB, it's more about the people and how you are associated with them. It's nice to know what people have been up to, but I may not feel compelled to comment if they are posting about activities I have no interest in. I am active on both G+ and FB. Both have a place in my online life and both server entirely different purposes. I don't think that G+ will catch up to FB for most people. The reason is that it is easier to find people to connect with on FB. With FB, you find people you already know, so when you find them you would automatically add their posts to your feeds. With G+, you have to make a greater effort in finding people you may want to add to your circles, mainly because you don't know who is out there for you to find. It is easier now with the Communities feature. Collections is something recently added which I have not explored much yet.

  106. Matthew “Crash McNeal” VandenBerg
    June 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I use G+ every single day. Why? Think of every reason you hate Facebook. Now imagine all those issues disappearing. You now have Google+. In the first six months of G+, I met more people and accomplished more than in my 4+ years of FB. Now, if all you folks who still go on about "G+ being a ghost town," please do me a favor: go check out Ello. There's your new waste of online space. Go mock them. They could use the exposure.

  107. Warren Deer
    June 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Some great people and communities on G+. I can't help feeling the average post is of a slightly higher order than the typical Facebook or twitter contribution. I'd be sad to see it go.

  108. Peter Street (LazerFX)
    June 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I go back to google+ because it is about community, not self the way Facebook is. Want to post another vacuous selfie? Facebook is your place. For an interesting, intelligent, back-and-fourth adult discussion, choose Google+.

    • Gene Chiu
      June 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Pretty much this.

  109. Eleri Hamilton
    June 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I check G+ daily, multiple times a day. I usually have 3-4 active conversations happening every day. I'm part of over a dozen active, thriving communities on topics from RPGs to Bookbinding to Art. I have hundreds of followers, and I'm no celebrity or expert. The communities, pages & groups I participate in don't have to 'promote', 'boost' or 'like' anything that is posted in order to reach ALL of the participants (unlike FB, which only shows page posts to a small number of people who 'like' that page) I have complete control over what shows up in my feed, when- I can turn off all sponsered, promoted or 'what's hot' posts When I go to G+ I know I'm going to find thoughtful, intelligent conversation on a myriad of topics. Not a feed full of selfies and badly researched memes. These "G+ Is Dead/Dying" posts always amuse me, because they are so ubiquitous on tech sites, and yet aren't supported by any real evidence. If I was a conspiracy theory nut, I'd be wondering who's trying so hard to push the narrative that Google + is a wasteland.

  110. Allison Urback
    June 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Personally, I prefer Tumblr for topioc searching. G+ also has communities which are great for organizing lots of people under the same interest too. But honestly, the main reason I'm on G+ is because it doesn't suck my life away a la twitter and tumblr. I quit both because it was affecting me so badly my grades began to slip.

  111. Paul Kater
    June 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Google+ is an amazing resource of knowledge and kind people. It also allows me to see what I want, not what Google thinks I should see. (And if you have problems with the poll, disable AdBlock!)

  112. Kathryn Huxtable
    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I love Google+. When I first started using it a few years ago it seemed like a ghost town but that was because I didn't understand how to use it. I used it like Facebook, which I also use and like. But they are very different. FB makes it easy to connect with people you already know, and G+ makes it easy to connect to people you share interests with. I have made a couple dozen new friends on G+, some of whom have become "real life" friends. I've met maybe two or three new friends on FB. I check G+ multiple times per day. It's my primary social network, with FB bring up second place.

  113. RJ Grady
    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    It's my constant connection to RPG hobbyists and professionals. My circles and communities on G+ are the liveblood of my creative work.

  114. Kelvin Williams
    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I always keep one browser tab on G+ when at the computer and I'd dare way it's the #1 app I use on my phone.

  115. Shantel “jedininja” Dodson
    June 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I use G+ daily. I find it to be more social about the topics I'm interested in. No ads and doesn't have any of the drama Facebook does. It does in fact take a little getting used to at first but once you get the hang of it you'll never stop using it. G+ is a social platform you actually have to intact on our you won't see any benefits.

  116. Sara Vega
    June 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Google+ is the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing I check before bedtime. The most major and latest news events have been reported in G+ before any of the big three report it. The latest being the death of Beau Biden, which I read about on Google+ hours before it was reported on TV. Facebook is for relatives and high school friends, Google plus is a playground. It's wild and exciting and non-judgmental and does not restrict your thoughts to 140 characters like Twitter. I enjoy communities, my news stream, collections and everyone in my circles.

  117. Bethany Porter
    June 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    G+ is everything that Facebook isn't. I can truly customize my experience and don't see what I don't want to (BUH BYE WHAT'S HOT), but can still see exactly all the cool posts I want to from my cool friends. It's easy to find the posts by my mom, OH WAIT, SHE'S NOT ON IT, BONUS! But seriously, the posts from people I don't care about can be found easily if I need to find them. Here's another thing, the mobile app actually works, and works well with the desktop version. I can easily switch between the two and have no issues. And I'm not even a tech savvy nerd. Facebook never shows me what I want to see. I joke to friends that are like "Oh! YOU AND THAT G+!" that Facebook takes my information and taunts me with it, throwing it back in my face in the most garbled, gross way ever. It's like my preferences are a joke to them. But Google, they take my info and make it usable, searchable, convenient, awesome. Google and G+ make my life easier. I use it every day because I have car friends from across the country, but here's the thing, I've gotten a number of people I want to stay in touch with to start using it and hangouts. After a recent move to a different state, guess how convenient all this is? Very. My sister just reactivated her Facebook and complained about how stupid it was compared to G+, saying that G+ had totally spoiled her. I tend to agree. It spoils you and makes you wish even more people knew about it, or maybe not. I love it the way it is. EVEN MR. JINGLES.

  118. Wing Kearns
    June 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Poll does not work.

  119. Jonas Petersson
    June 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    This poll appears to be broken - I've tried to vote 4 times using latest Chrome for Linux and the button just keeps spinning. Hence, I suspect skewed results.

  120. John Willson
    June 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I'm on G+ every day. On G+, I'm connected with the designers and authors of my favourite games. Not only can I see their "hey everyone" posts, I can follow their rarefied conversations with each other, I can interact with them, and get to know other serious players. It's a great community of people from all over the workd with similar interests. Facebook is for people I know personally.

  121. Melina M
    June 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Even before G+ came out, I found myself using Facebook less and less. It was really just a placeholder social network so I could keep loose tabs on what people in my life were up to, but there was so much mundane chatter and noise! The day G+ was announced I dropped Facebook like a bad habit and haven't looked back. Google+ is full of intelligent and fascinating people, and the friendships I've formed there will stay with me for life. I even drove across the country last summer and stayed with different G+ friends every night, meeting them all for the first time on my trip but feeling like I've known them for years. Facebook is for people you already know. Google+ is for people you WANT to know.

  122. Robin Pierce
    June 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I know I use Google+ multiple times a day, every day, not to follow friends/family, but to enjoy ad-free shared content from the thousands of strangers I follow on topics I enjoy, from hobbies to fandoms to music and photography, and to help share Peter Hollens music with the thousands of strangers who follow ME. I like that Google+ lets me adjust privacy settings for several different sets of my personal information, so I can be exacting about who can see what sort of information I share. Google+ Groups are fun, too, any fandom or topic I enjoy, from Star Wars to Avengers, politics to pets, quilting to specific artists, so I can immerse myself in specific content whenever I'm in the mood for that. Because Google+ Groups have a way to sort their content into specific topics that I can define for myself, I use a Google+ Group to join with other fans of indie musicians Evynne & Peter Hollens and to archive every article, music video, fan art, photos and facts about them. I can no longer imagine life without Google+, its a defining part of my existence at this point.

  123. Rob Man
    June 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    It isn't a place I go to talk too or keep tabs on my family, sell useless crap, or troll people. The circles and communities are helpful. It is a more mature platform.

  124. Cyndi S. Jameson
    June 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I am there multiple times a day, I have been everyday for nearly three years. It's fantastic for networking with individuals who share my interests and hobbies. The communities are amazing and I even got a job offer because of G+.

  125. Tom Nathe
    June 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    G+ is a great community! I much prefer the quality of the postings and the people, over the quantity of the postings and the postings. G+ aligns nicely with my hobbies and interests.

  126. R.E. Davis (Rev. Lazaro)
    June 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I have very few RL friends on there because everyone complained that it wasn't FB. I use the damn thing as much, maybe more, and I do so to connect with people for my interests in hobbies. Don't go on there to keep up with your grandma or stalk an ex -- you go on there to join communities, to filter circles based on content, to keep up with people who make the things you like (or to share experience with others who do the things you do.)

  127. Audrey Winter
    June 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I check G+ multiple times a day. Facebook is for pitter-patter with far-flung relatives and friends; nice to just keep in touch. Google+ is where I really dive into the things that interest me. I don't connect with people I don't already know on Facebook; on G+ I meet new, interesting people who share new takes on those interests all the time and form new and satisfying connections. Furthermore, Facebook tells me what I should find interesting, for example by continually switching back to "Top Stories" rather than "Most Recent", and tries to flood me with ads, where G+ doesn't do that. G+ offers better content control pretty much all around and simply feels more useful and, frankly, more adult.

  128. steph “gingerninja” wanamaker
    June 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I have never had as fascinating conversations in real life as i have on Google Plus ! it has all the breaking news that Twitter has but no 140 character limit! I have 120 thousand followers and average 100 new followers a day! I think this is because I have started #punday and #signoftheday hashtags that are extremely popular!

  129. Neil Allen
    June 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I have been using Google+ since just after it went live. I may have been in beta, I can't remember now. I remember a writer friend offering invites and I took her up on it. I love, love, love the interactions I have on Google+, and the support. I've gone through a lot and have a lot more to go through and the people on G+ have been phenomenal. I learn so much there, too, and as a sponge for learning it is a constant source for my myriad of interests. Not to mention the marketing capabilities for my crafts and writing. Without it ... ugh. I don't even want to finish that sentence. It is an essential part of my life.

  130. nurse angie
    June 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Love Google+... Whoever doesn't is an idiot to begin with.

  131. Robin Farndon
    June 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I use Google+ on a daily basis. A large proportion of my social group are on there, and there's good dedicated communities for my hobbies.

  132. Michelle Lyons-McFarland
    June 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I check G+ pretty much every day -- it's not where family or even friends from my daily life hang out, but it's where the interesting discussions about hobbies, professional issues, social issues, and design theory are happening. Life stuff too, on occasion, and when it does it's always in more depth and with more resonance than Facebook or Twitter.

  133. Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith
    June 1, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    You want to know what's great about Google+? NOBODY THERE IS TRYING TO SELL YOU ANYTHING. There are no ads, no promoted posts, no hidden posts for not paying up to the man, no special offers, no invite to hook up with bimbos (though to be fair it's not for lack of trying on the spammers part). People actually have discussions on Google+, you see the most mind blowing conversations about art, science, technology, language and yeah there are kids having fun too, sometimes a bit too much but it's a very lively place. And of course there's all the private conversations that take place that nobody sees because, well, they're private and Google is quite good at respecting privacy (yes despite what you read in the newspapers) so you just don't hear about them. Google plus isn't fragmenting, it's creating sub services so powerful they end up becoming services in their own right. It's the place you can find real people talking to you like a human being, not another name to spam to Kingdom come. You should try it somesome time. Have a look around, add some people to follow and share some of the things that you enjoy. Maybe you'll build up a following that way.

  134. Amanda Rachelle Warren
    June 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Poll doesn't work. :/ Just keeps spinning!

    • R.E. Davis (Rev. Lazaro)
      June 1, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I had to disable my AdBlocker for it :)

  135. Amanda Rachelle Warren
    June 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I use it every day. It is a very different social networking site than most people are used to. FB feels bloated and crowded, and most of my contacts were people I knew in person and felt obligated to "friend." On G+ I follow and interact mainly with people I have met there. I have been able to establish personal and professional relationships with new people, while deepening relationships with those I already knew. It's a much more interactive platform. Others have mentioned the lack of significant trolling and the depth of information/expertise and conversations. I find those at G+ as well. I have not seen this depth of interaction on other social networking platforms, and have bailed on everything except G+ now. I visit everyday, several times.

  136. Jeremy Ellwood (Craeft)
    June 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I pretty much quit playing Ingress when the community thereof became flooded with trolls and backstabbers. It was fun all throughout beta and I would say a good year into its release. Thereafter, however, it just started to spiral downward. I still think it's a great game and I might hack a portal or claim a neutral while I'm out and about, but that's pretty much the extent anymore. I don't go out on raids or anything anymore. All in all, as I said, it's still a great game. I would just really like to see the community get back to where it was when it was a mature, enjoyable, reach across faction and have a beer community. Sadly, I don't think that day will ever return. Ingress has reached MMO Community level and once there, there's no returning. Sad, but true. Anyway, go make the world green for us. :-D

    • Jeremy Ellwood (Craeft)
      June 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      That was supposed to be a reply to someone else's. Not sure why it showed up on the main thread.

  137. Daniel Foerster
    June 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I don't check G+ every day, but I come pretty close. I love the concept of circles and the massive amount of interesting/worthwhile content that flows through. Seeing too much of one type of content? Lower the home-page view slider. Want to get emails every time someone posts to a community? Easy. Want to keep someone in your circles but not ever see anything they post? Hey, that's possible too, just put them in a silenced circle; you can always click over there if you want.

  138. Sa'ad Suleman
    June 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I use Google plus daily, no ads, minimum trolls, people who can actually hold conversation, no self obsessesd duck faced selfie lovers. What's there not to like. You don't have celebrities with millions of ghost followers but I don't miss any of that.

  139. Mike Wood
    June 1, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I have found as a site to share my photos G+ is far superior to Facebook. And has less ads than Facebook. Has less trolls than Facebook, less stupid shares of the same meme over and over than Facebook. And so on. I have build up a solid group of followers on g+ since it launched, and the continued g+ bashing is annoying. Perhaps it will one day go the way of MySpace, but for now it is the social media site I include in my contact information. It has the feel of Flickr when it was new for me - just with more engagement on top of the photo sharing. I check it daily or more. The integration with everything else Google offers is just a plus.

  140. Jeremy Ellwood (Craeft)
    June 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    So tired of the "G+ IS DOOMED" crap. It's far from doomed. It's simply the FaceBook fanbois who are too scared to admit there's actually a better social site out there than their precious spy si-- social site, Facebook. Most people who don't like G+ try it for MAYBE a day and expect to be flooded with plusses. It doesn't work that way. You have to circle people for it to work. The whole point is to allow you, the user, to filter what content you wish to see. Also, navigation of the site is 50 times easier than on FaceBook. I pretty much sit on G+ while I'm doing design work all day. I joined G+ when it was in its early stages of beta. After a week, I "deleted" my FaceBook account (though they don't actually allow you to delete nor even fully disable it - Yay for FaceBook :-/ ) and never went back - except for when my FaceBook account was hacked because, again, they don't actually allow you to delete or fully disable. G+ tends to hold, on average, a more mature and intellectual society than FaceBook. You can actually have conversations and know that the people joining in are interested in the topic. I have joined Ello. You want to talk about a dead and impossible social site? Go see that one. Sad though, it had potential. And then the comment they quoted in the quote block. Really? Labels (which are basically the same as folders) don't work for you because they're not folders? I will agree with the "tabs" portion of the comment, however. That should be a relatively simple fix for google to put in there where we can create our own (rather than having to stick with Primary, Social, etc. etc.). ? I completely agree with +Ryan Weaving (not that I expect the tag to work)... I believe the author is a troll or has the wrong people in his circles.

  141. Carlos Sanchez
    June 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I use plus every day because of feedback, participation, common interests, ease of use

  142. Gray Embry
    June 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I use G+ every day. For a while I maintained both G+ and Facebook, until I finally just had had enough of FB and left for good. On G+, I've developed a huge set of new friends, ranging from friendly acquaintances to very close friends. I constantly find great, interesting, thought provoking posts. I have thousands of amazing photographers I can follow. It allows me to organize what I post, what I read, with a level of granularity that is just impossible (and actively worked against) on Facebook. While I still have my quibbles and disagreements with some changes (please, please, reign in the "UX people"), I know that every time I log in, I'll find something interesting... AND I know that chances are I won't find a lot of useless crap (and if I do, it's pretty easy to make sure I never see it from that source again).

  143. Keith Milner
    June 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I've used Facebook and Twitter for years and always found them frustrating. Twitter frustrates me because it's broken for real conversations (especially if people overflow a comment into multiple posts because then you have to read it backwards and assemble it, and the replies are all over the place) and the stream is very high on "noise". Facebook I always found to be confusing: the relationships between groups and pages and home stream, etc. isn't that clear and I was often unsure when posting or commenting who would see it. That's partly because they have changed the way it works a few times in the past. They've historically lacked decent controls on post visibility, and their apps are often obnoxious and intrusive. I also don't trust it because they track so much in such egregious and opaque ways and expose a lot of information about you to 3rd parties. I found G+ to be a fantastic blend of the best bits of Twitter and Facebook. It's much lower noise partly because the controls are better, but partly because people tend to behave more maturely on it. This tends to manifest itself as "lower engagement" because you don't have so many people making dumb comments like "LOL!" or "FIrst". When you do get engagement it is usually high quality. You also get far fewer cat/baby/food/selfie picture posts, memes, etc. (maybe because it's easier to curate them out). It's not perfect, and it's taken them time to realise certain features were needed, like the new Collections capability which is fantastic, but people were asking for it 3 years ago. Some of my family are on G+ and share stuff with me, comment on and +1 my posts. Most of my family use Facebook as their primary social platform, but I deleted my FB account and if they want to talk to me then they have to phone me, email me or follow me on G+. But more importantly I have built a network of new friends around my hobbies and interests on G+ in a way that I have always struggled to do in the past on Facebook.

    • Jeremy Ellwood (Craeft)
      June 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Unfortunately, all the good points about the G+ community (more mature, less selfies/cats, fewer "LOL"s, etc.) is fading away as more and more people come over from FB. However, that also proves that G+ is not dying (to which these articles tend to elude if not outright say it). The whole reason I dropped FaceBook one week into G+ beta was for all the reasons you mentioned regarding FB. ~~~ I've actually started just automatically removing people from my circles if I get a "Repost this..." post; be it in chain format or otherwise. Any meme that tells me to repost it gets composted, not reposted. Just another indication that the wave has brought in some of the... less desirable of the community. ~~~ But overall, there's MUCH better community control on an individual level, there's better organization overall, and the community on G+ has exploded. Is Google doing some things I think are pretty crappy with G+? Indeed they are (mandatory G+ for youtube for one example). But overall, it's a MUCH better social site than any others of which I have been a part.

  144. dervish spin
    June 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I use it daily. I use it instead of Facebook. All my forward thinking friends are on it. The conversations are actually conversations and not ideological shouting matches. Picture sharing is easy. There are no ads. What is not to like?

  145. Pat G
    June 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Facebook is where I go to stay in touch with family and friends. G+ is where I go to stay in touch with interesting and creative minds. There is a world of people on G+ I will likely never meet but with whom I can talk about just about anything at length. It fulfills my curiosity.

  146. Ryan Weaving
    June 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Google+ is awesome. I use it to share with my friends and family. I check it multiple times per day. I think the author of this is a troll or has the wrong people in his circles.

  147. Fenriq deVelo
    June 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I use G+ and Twitter for my social networking and would be utterly gutted if Google pulled the plug on it. The thing nearly every one of these G+ is DYING articles does NOT get is that the vast majority of what happens on G+ happens privately. Journos have NO idea how much is really going on because they are simply not privy to private communities and posts. That said, G+ is a vibrant community of active, engaged, intelligent, articulate people. Sure, plenty of trolls too but they're easy enough to remove.

  148. Mike Edwards
    June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I never signed up for Facebook, mostly because I didn't want to be another sheep and I also didn't care to use "social networking." I used Twitter for a while, but don't post much these days and just use it to track news and my favorite comedians' spiels. When I started playing the augmented reality game, Ingress, there was an existing G+ community so I signed up for it. I've ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

  149. Jeff Hendricks
    June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    As others have said, G+ is interest-based, FB is physical interaction-based. So I mute everyone in my FB feed, and use it only for communication. G+ is the way to go. I've slowly been converting my friends to it. Instead of being fed a glut of crap advertising, you spend some time looking around and figuring out what you actually want to participate in. Then when you jump in, the experience is much more satisfying.

  150. Jane King
    June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Well for all those of you who may not know whether G+ and #Ingress go hand in hand please send this POLL onto all your friends who maybe are either ENL Frogs' or RES Smurfs and you didn't know. IF you do not know what this is go "Google" it. Then perhaps you'll see we use the G+ community in nearly every country in the world and in many other languages, HO in real time (Hangout) to organise events etc., HO in superb quality video (Hangout) or even HO phone calls (Hangout). I actually object to the invasiveness of Fb and try to avoid it all costs. I do not "like" to have my life played out on Fb and have comments back from people. I have plenty of friends from all walks of life talking in other languages & by careful use of this G+ account I can have a lifetime full of friendships with similar interests.

  151. Jonathan Nassar
    June 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I use Google+ as my primary social network because it's very useful and diverse: You can use it in exactly the way you use Twitter. Post to 'everyone', with little to no comments allowed (or, enable resharing). Follow news sites / personalities / friends from which you want updates. Oh, plus: no character limit and the ability to share anything at all makes it better. You can use it in exactly the way you use Facebook. Post to your friends and family (or, just one of the two, or any other specific group you choose) with comments and resharing enabled. Follow friends / family for similar updates. Oh, plus: the ability to easily choose specific circles and better security options makes it better. You can use it like Instagram / any photo sharing service. You can use it like Pinterest (Google+ recently added Collections, which are like Pinterest boards). You can use it like Yelp (review restaurants / etc, share them with whomever, add your photos, and so on). And on and on. And, Google's mobile apps are probably the best out of these. And no sponsored posts. And on and on. Why do I use Google+? I can do all the above... easily, in one spot, with one login, without getting spammed by a gazillion services. I hope it stays around.

  152. John Catral
    June 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I use Google+ everyday because the people and the information I get are wonderful! The dialogue I get is so much more robust and mature then other Social media sites. Google+ has a wealth of info from Photography, Technology and entertainment! I just use Facebook for friends and family but I use Google+ for what really matters.

  153. S. John Ross
    June 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    It's the only social network I've ever really liked, though I use several others out of a sense of obligation. With G+ I can easily filter out noise and focus on people I like posting about things I enjoy.

  154. Matt Hope
    June 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Longer comments and proper conversations. A lot of my extended friend circle use it. Its more intuitive to me than fb as a ui experience especially on mobile app Fb has a lot of my school friends and work colleagues g+ has my friends I socialise with and interesting people I converse with. Essentially fb is just bloated and full of stuff I don't want to read and find hard to manage G+ has the stuff I want to engage with.

  155. David Lewis Johnson
    June 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    G+ is the only social media I use. The communities are intensely useful and constructive, the circles feature allows me to filter everything precisely so that I never have to see people's fb tv dinner posts and other nonsense. G+ has allowed my illustration career to flourish. G+ is the best solution for my social media needs, which are very different from those of the typical fb user.

  156. Julia Thompson
    June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I've managed to meet a lot of people I like on G+. At some point I heard something to the effect of, you use Facebook to keep in touch with people you already know, and you use G+ to meet the people you wish you knew. I have found this to be true for me. I'm also fairly comfortable with most of the settings to help maintain my privacy there.

  157. Alan Kellogg
    June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I can write long comments without having to cram it all into one paragraph.

  158. Kim Thirion
    June 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Google Plus is, hands down, my favorite networking site. When I want intelligent conversation, I go to G+. When I want explore topics that interest me and other people interested in it too, I go to G+. When I want to follow and interact with genuinely interesting people, I go to G+. When I want thoughtful feedback on something I've done or a problem I'm working out, I go to G+. It is so entirely and completely different from Facebook that it's silly to me how often it's compared to FB. I, and most people I know of, use them for completely different purposes! Facebook is for connecting with people you know: friends, work, former classmates. It's for catching up, sharing your baby photos, etc. It definitely has its place, and despite not agreeing with its stupid algorithms and advertisment policies, I still use it and have no plans atm to stop. But Google Plus on the other hand is for learning and sharing with people who share your interests rather than sharing dna or sharing a zipcode. It's about people you wish you knew in real life. It's about expanding yourself and your interests and your knowlege. It's so much more than talking about your day. And it's certainly not a ghost town. I don't personally post that often, I wait until I have something I really want to say, but I still intereact with more people on G+ than I ever have on FB. All i gotta say is if you're feed is empty, you're doing it wrong. Common mistake number one: add friends and family and then sit and wait. Screw that. Skip your friends and check out the popular profiles. Make a post about your favorite subject and include relevant hashtags. SEARCH relevant hashtags and comment on the posts that show up. Don't wait for G+ to come to you. Go to it, find some interesting people and soon you'll be just as insulted when you read some ignorant blogger call your beloved G+ a ghost town.

  159. Joanne Edison-Brown (Chiclet)
    June 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I'm with the "I love G+" crowd. I deleted my Facebook account about two years ago now to use G+ as my social feed and I haven't looked back since. G+ is unique in that you can curate people and communities around shared interests, instead of their physical relation to you in meatspace. Its incredibly difficult to find new people on Facebook, you're restrained to people you have some physical relationship with - family (extended and otherwise), co-workers, friends, people you went to school with twenty years ago or summer camp or whatever. They're just people you bump or have bumped into for the most part; you probably share nothing in the way of commonalities. G+ however, I can engage in interesting conversations about my hobbies with people around the world, meat up with them in virtual space to explore those hobbies together, share tips and swap stories and all the rest of it. My social feed is lively, interesting, my conversations have the advantage of already sharing a common thing with any stranger who pipes in with their opinion on something I've posted a question about. If I decide to pick up another interest like, oh, calligraphy, inside of a half hour I can find and start talking to people about it on the Plus. People will link me tips for starting, or point me to communities where I can find resources or share their recommendations on materials. Being able to aggregate like-minded people easily and quickly on the Plus is just an amazing experience.

  160. Bill Mentzer
    June 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    It's not a matter of lurving tha ploos. It's my only full-profile social media presence. The only reason I glommed onto it, initially anyway, was because of the mobile device integration. Not so much that Google forced one's hand, but that it was the most integrated platform at the time I was transitioning to a smart-phone. Once I was integrated, I found the social interactions to be of better quality than what I was seeing on the more popular book of faces, to which I have never subscribed. Oddly enough, I've yet to see a social platform function as well as the pre-FOX MySpace. Not that I miss it much.

  161. Jane Eyre
    June 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I love g+ because I'm not a faggot, like the author of this article.

  162. Olav Nygård
    June 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I love g+. It's is like other social networks only people are smart and saying relevant things.

  163. Dyanna Flynn
    June 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I have a number of objections to how Faceboom manipulates newsfeeds, so automatically G+ gets relative points for being "not Faceboom". A number of my friends have accounts on both sites but prefer G+ because it's calmer. I also have a number of friends who do not have (Do Not Want, will NEVER have even if G+ goes away) Faceboom accounts. For those friends, my social media contact point is G+. I do have objections to having my G+ account conflated with YouTube (there are too many comment trolls on YouTube for me to be comfortable with that), so it's not that I "love" G+. I simply want to have the problems I have on G+ more than I want to have the problems I have on Faceboom. The fact that G+ is subtler with the ads and "you might know / like THIS account" is also a plus factor.

  164. Solomon “Bill O'Rights” Lesko
    June 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Google plus is an extremely unique social media site. It seems largely targeted to following people based on shared interests instead of shared friends. I primarily use Google+ for sharing informative pieces, news articles, scientific breakthroughs, and other things that interest me. Most of my followers do the same. Other users are interested in photography, philosophy, sports, and many other fields. Google+ is not the ghost town that the media labels it as. There are many active users. They are just a different internet demographic that enjoys a less mainstream social media site.

  165. Poh Yoong Yee
    June 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Absolutely love Google+! I've made some great friends here. Comments are always well thought out, I've learnt much from my interactions here. Very interesting posts covering a great variety of topics. I've found and followed a good number of creative artists and writers. I thoroughly enjoy the layout of Google+ and noticed that most users take great care to post beautiful pictures combined with high quality written texts. I have to say that Google+ is a great experience for me, love it!

  166. Michael Crutcher
    June 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I love Google Plus. I get more focused answers from people there, can chat in a more private conversation, including real-time streaming video if I choose, etc. Not as much Spam and game invites. It works with photos better. I find myself in conversations about things that matter to me with people from around the globe fast more than on FB. I love the search tools, etc. Google Plus is da bomb...

  167. Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
    June 1, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    G+ is the only social network I bother to use. The others are just noise and spam. G+ is what social networking was intended to be.

  168. Jesse Morgan
    June 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, that completely destroyed all of my formatting. Sorry for the wall-o-text.

  169. Jesse Morgan
    June 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Strange that it's not letting me vote; it's just spinning; I was an early adopter on facebook, but moved away from it about 5 months after G+ came out. G+ is (no joke) the single site that I spend the most time on. I'm a nobody and I have 700 followers. * Every interest and hobby I have has a community (or ten) of people interested in the same topic. * I've made dozens of new friends on G+, something that never happened on facebook. * It's interest driven; let's say you're interested in making your own hot sauce- there's a group for that. * People without interests don't get G+, so there's not a lot of noise for the sake of noise. * Circles and Collections allow you to limit who sees what, and also allows others to subscribe to topics that you like to talk about. For example, I like to talk about Tabletop RPGs and Guitars. if Bob doesn't care about guitars but wants to see what I think about RPGs, he can follow one collection and not the other. This is ESPECIALLY useful with politics and religion. * That dumb burnout that you went to highschool with who keeps sharing inspirational posters and ranting about bizarre topics? He's not on G+. You know who is? People who share your interests. If you want to make the most out of G+, find several communities that interests you, read past messages, make comments, post questions/content, and follow complete strangers who seem interesting.

  170. Randy Resnick (randulo)
    June 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I live in email, so I also live on Google+. The quality of engagement there depends entirely on one's choice of people to watch. Now that there are collections and communities, discovery and sharing are much easier. The third great feature is Hangouts which we use at least once per week to do a video podcast. We've recorded over 200 of them. The mix of comments on events and videos is excellent. There's no other better platform in my opinion. As a musician, I've met other musicians and discussed music with numerous fans and music lovers. As a tech geek, I've exchanged info with others in my areas of interest. I've been on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter since 2007. None come close to Google+, so enough with the "It's Dead" articles. If they shut it down, fine, but it's far from dead.

  171. Andrew Bay
    June 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    My use of G+ is different from Facebook. Facebook is where EVERYBODY I know is and the stream is relatively untamed stream of everything. G+ is where a gaming clan I follow makes most of its activity known and a few other low-volume hobbyists post (Mostly D&D type stuff). I can't follow twitter because it just doesn't make sense to me. I am most likely to see something new come up from Wil Wheaton on G+ than anywhere else as well. Facebook is a giant open Bazaar while G+ is more of a quiet Library with meeting rooms.

  172. Lexi Gable (Keeper LeFae)
    June 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I'm on G+ on a daily basis. I keep it up in a pinned tab on my pc, and it is also on both my smartphone and tablet. It is the primary means of contact and communication for me to the world at large, and I've met some amazing people through it - many of whom I have come to know in person. Another plus to the Plus? People actually know how to type appropriately and use correct grammar. The only times I've really noticed a lack of that is from some of those for whom English is not their first language, which is understandable. Those people are often trying to practice their English, and need people who can and will use it correctly to actually do so in order to better learn how to themselves. It's no wonder people say English is such a difficult language to learn as a second or further language when so many people have fallen to use it so lazily and not even spell out "you" in a medium that doesn't restrict you to 140 characters or less.

  173. Dan Thompson
    June 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I use G+ every day, and I can't imagine going without it. It has connected me to several vibrant communities of writers and genre fans. Facebook promises to connect you with the people you already know. Google+ connects you with the people you always wished you knew.

  174. Tony Maguire
    June 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    G+ is so much better than facebook it blows my mind that people still use facebook. The concept of circles where you can easily organize people in your network and target posts accordingly is a HUGE improvement to facebook. Not to mention the lack of ads. Although I don't know many people personally who also use G+, it is easy to find people based on shared interests and not because you happened to attend the same high school. The content of my G+ stream is much more interesting than what I've found on facebook which is usually littered with nonsense like what people had for lunch. Those still using facebook are blowing it.

  175. Karen Conlin
    June 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I use G+ daily. (I abandoned Facebook nearly two years ago; I have no need for the continuation of high-school-level drama when I'm in my 50s.) I've made valuable connections there, in terms of both business and pleasure. At this point nearly all of my referrals come through people I've met there. LinkedIn? Nope. Folks who claim G+ is a "ghost town" are often folks who never bothered to learn how it's NOT like Facebook, nor to tailor their use to match those differences. It's not about finding who you already know. It's about finding NEW people to connect with, and TALKING to them.

  176. Michael Gentile
    June 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I check G+ multiple times per day for news on my many and varied interests. It is not comparing apples to apples when looking at other social networks. Facebook is a place you go to connect with people you already know and share cat pics. G+ is a place you to to connect with people who have shared interests and who want to have a discussion about the subjects you have in common. Some people are not interested in interacting with people they don't already know. I, for one, have been enriched by an order of magnitudes by finding my place on this community of thinking people where the norm is not ad hominem and instead is a seeking to explore. Also, you get animated .gifs which can tell a story in a moment's glance instead of sitting there waiting for a video to load on an un-optimized memory hog of a web app that freezes your netbook.

  177. Andrew Shields
    June 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I use G+ on a daily basis. I have conversations with people who are involved in my favorite hobby. People who have written books and are creating things with a do-it-yourself style form a community, and I'm part of it. I get encouragement and inspiration from this group, and I do not have to deal with broad-spectrum spam, political rants, and other hazards of unfocused social media.

  178. william reed (oldsoldier181)
    June 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I use it every day. Its a lot more mature than Facebook, and Twitter I only use as a news ticker. I find I have a higher quality conversation with people on G+, with the exception of those who primarily use it for gaming (meaning, they dont have their actual name there, just their gamer tag). Overall, the G+ experience, at least for me, is more adult oriented, less griping and petty arguing. And, the fact that I belong to communities that are centered around my interests are a huge plus.

  179. J Merry
    June 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Oh! And...silly as it is, gifs. I love me a gif for expressing annoyance another non-nonsensical UI change.

  180. J Merry
    June 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I starting using g+ because it wasn't blocked by work like farcebook was. But I also went into with the wisdom of all the ways FB disappoints me. The conversations on G+ are more productive and advanced then those I have on FB. I suppose I could also reconstruct my FB to get those kinds of conversations but it would be a lot of effort and eliminate people I simply want to 'keep tabs on' like family. Also, null ads. While G+ does cultivate content they don't make it readily obvious the drive is monetary.

  181. David Miller
    June 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    What kind of community are you looking for Brad Merrill? I guarantee that whatever your interests are there is a community there for them - even if you haven't found it yet. Are you connected to any active G+ users?

  182. Brian Henry
    June 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I use G+ primarily for two reasons - I find it easier to connect to people with similar interests (as opposed to FaceBook, which seems like a clearing house for friends and family,) and because I use Hangouts to communicate with my wife during the day.

  183. miri dunn
    June 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Sadly the poll will not work for me and others on G+ at the moment - which is really too bad. But add one more for "Daily` I love G+"

  184. Brittany Constable
    June 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    (Also, as you're already learning, the people who do use G+ are extremely passionate about the platform. Compare that to all the people who profess their hatred for Facebook even as they continue to use it.)

  185. Helen Read
    June 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I'm on Google+ multiple times every day. I have made numerous new e-friends on G+ that I would not have met any other way. For me G+ is the true successor to Usenet, in the sense of connecting people who share common interests. The G+ Communities help to foster this, and it's also easy to "meet" people through comments on posts by the big "celebrity" accounts with zillions of followers. The signal to noise ratio is much better on G+ than on other more popular social networks. It's a pleasant place to spend time.

  186. Ellie Guest
    June 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Its great but some knobs there keep fiddling wit whats not boken and eff it up , sack them and use people that know how things realy work best

  187. miri dunn
    June 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I am a member in good standing of the Ghost Town known as G+ and frequent it everyday for connection to individuals and communities, enjoyment of art and history, current events and news, science and technology information and just plain old-fashioned G+oofing around . I post personal stories, questions, photographs of my art creations, poetry and music as well as stories and news I find online that I think my 31,000 circlers would enjoy. I have serious discussions, arguments, bantering, silliness, and personal sharing with people I have come to think of as friends. I chose who I share with (public or specific circles) and choose what I see. I also use facebook daily, for completely different reasons and have a completely different experience within a considerably smaller social network of less than 300 people.

  188. steph “gingerninja” wanamaker
    June 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I use it every day ! I have met people from there that will be friends forever ! its truly the geek network but there are millions of us ! I have never been away a day in 3 years ! quieter on weekends but stream is still full during day I prefer it to facebook I spend 5 minutes a day there and 5-6 hrs on Google plus ! fix your poll it just spins

  189. Brian E. Young
    June 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Google+ Sent me here, fwiw.

  190. Nick Bess
    June 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I've never been to this web site before, but saw this post on Google+ which I view multiple times a day.

  191. Lucy Gray
    June 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I love the clean, no ads look to Google+. I also belong to a slew of public and private education communities and I always find great stuff to share from my Google+ stream to these groups. I also like the integration of events, hangouts and photos and collections show some promise. Google+ is more of my professional social network than Facebook.

  192. Brendan “Boss” McMullan
    June 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I check it every day. Pretty strange that you use G+ as an option to comment here if it's such a waste of time. And your poll doesn't appear to work. It constantly cycles, but never takes my vote.

  193. Dave Mercer
    June 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I use Google+ multiple times daily. It's different from Facebook in that I use FB to keep in touch with existing family and friends, but I use G+ as a means to meet people from all over the world who share my interests and like to share a wide range of opinions. I've actually started meeting some of my new friends in the real world, and I have plans to meet more. G+ is a thriving and vibrant community, despite the weekly obituaries.

  194. Masha du Toit
    June 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    So far I've found G+ by far the most satisfying and useful social network. It allows me to find people who share the same interests as I do. This means that G+ conversations are much more likely to be useful, interesting opportunities to connect with others. Through G+ I've made many friends from all over the world. I've been exposed to beautiful artwork and learned new things about science, literature, the natural world, and just the every day lives of my G+ friends. It also makes it possible to create a professional online presence for me as a writer - I can communicate easily with everyone who circles me.

  195. Joey “Grappling Hook” C
    June 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I use Google Plus because most "norms" have no idea how to use it. I don't have a facebook account anymore. I don't miss Farmville.

  196. Chris Blackmore (The Walrus)
    June 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I have it on all the time, on three devices, and I would not like to be without it, as it superbly easy to configure so all the people I talk to are organised the way I want them. I believe every hack journo is forced to write the "Is Google+ Dead?" article by their dim, living in the past, editors. I left Facebook because it announced it was the owner of my photographs. No, Zuckerberg, they are mine.

  197. Jason Ansaldo
    June 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I use Google+ daily, many times a day between computers and my smart device. As far as i am concerned it is the best way to get targeted content. Between circles, communities, and now collections it is very easy to granularity control the type of information that makes it to your stream. In this way I use it more as a discussion and news network than Facebook, wich is much more friends and family for my utilization. The idea that G+ is dying is a very uninformed opinion ether parroted by those who do not do the research or issues by those who expect it just to be a Facebook clone. Despite the rumors the content is plentiful and the network is well saturated with people, and fewer bots than you would see on Facebook.

  198. Hayo Jongbloed
    June 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Google Plus is the BEST of both worlds between Facebook and Twitter. You can communicate with friends and family in privacy, just like people do in Facebook. You can broadcast publicly what you like, think and experience, just like people do in Twitter. But what really puts Google Plus above both competitors is that you can easily find/meet like-minded people (strangers) to share common interests, thoughts, ideas, likes and dislikes with! Google Plus beats both Facebook and Twitter in every possible way, except that the masses (the sheeple) joined Facebook already before and they're staying there because their friends and relatives are already there.

  199. Kasey Clark
    June 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I am really starting to like G+ better than facebook. There are more groups aligned with my interests (especially the tech interests I have. I like the fact that there are less ads and searching from things is easier than in any other social network I know. I use G+ to share photos and videos with the world.

  200. Isaac Kuo
    June 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I'm on G+ all the time. It's great for finding out about and discussing interesting news and articles about space science and technology--one of my main interests. It's also where I've built up a following. I use G+ as my main blogging platform also; I mostly like how it handles comment discussions and sharing. However, I do find that the changes they make are generally for the worse. I hate Communities because of the inability to crosspost--it has really fragmented G+. When they eliminated the option to see all posts by a circle, that really hurt those of us who don't want to miss any posts from some people. And of course, the merging of G+ posts/comments into YouTube was boneheaded and awful and needs to end yesterday.

  201. MrsA Wiggins
    June 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    In the early days of Plus, circle shares were a great way to explore the ecosystem. And then communities were added and only made the exploration easier. Regular circle maintenance, with a focused objective in mind, allows a user to create exactly the social network they want to have. Most of the best content creators on the web make their homes on the Plus. People have interesting, thoughtful, peaceful conversations every day. If a user has curated their circles properly, they can learn something new every day, laugh every day, find peace every day, grow every day, think through a problem every day, and become a better person every day. Whatever your interests, whatever your goals, whatever your natural level of social ability, you can carve out a home on the Plus. It's not necessarily easy, but it's worth it. (And you don't have to circle your annoying cousin just because he's family, the way you are expected to on other networks.)

  202. Meguey Baker
    June 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    G+ is where I connect with like-minded people about a wide range of different things, from growing iris to textile design to parenting to archaeology. I am on G+ every day, talking with fellow game designers about our work in progress, keeping in touch with friends and fans and customers, talking about our next big thing, working with artists and editors via G+ and Google docs to refine a product, checking out the latest news on everything from comic books to art to religion to politics. G+ is a big part of my connection to the wider world beyond my hometown. The ability to control the flow of information, both coming in and going out, is great, and the conversations are for the most part interesting and insightful. I was in the very first wave of G+ users, and I am continually baffled by those who say it's a ghost town. I have over 1,000 people in my circles and I am in nearly 5,000 people's circles - that's not a ghost town to me, and I'm far from the most active or circled person!

  203. Arlene Medder
    June 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I am part of some thriving communities and some intermittent and a couple moribund communities on G+. I have had interesting conversations, seen beautiful art, keep up with some favorite authors, and shared projects with other people. It's where I went to post my Project365 (1 photo/day for 1 year) and my current work in progress. I check in frequently to see what conversations are taking place. The ability to set who sees which posts and to easily block people I don't like and to mute posts or conversations I don't want to see is a great asset to me.

  204. Ryan Duggan
    June 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Communities. I'm involved with vibrant, active communities. I couldn't care less about the "stream" I just go to my communities and interact with those groups almost exclusively.

  205. Alex Chapin
    June 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    To me Google plus is sort of a mixture between Facebook and Twitter since you can follow people you don't know in real life and also connect with friends. Additionally, with communities and now collections it is a good place to have conversations about topics you are interested in.

  206. Alejandro Patrone
    June 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Use G+ daily. Great place to share my interests and to connect with people that share my interests. My stream makes me smile always something awesome going on.

  207. Alex Schroeder
    June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I'm on G+ multiple times a day. It replaced Facebook and all the Forums I used to frequent, and it provides a better place for discussion compared to all the blogs out there. I still use Twitter for politics and links, but I use G+ for all my gaming hobby talk.

  208. Julia Piatt
    June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I use Google+ on a daily basis, checking in frequently, because of the community and the people that are part of it. We challenge each other, amuse each other, awe each other, and occasionally piss each other off. But we also share a lot of our selves without oversharing.

  209. Ron Frazier
    June 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I find that Google+ is a better platform to have more focused discussion about content I care for. I am better able to adjust the signal-to-noise ratio of the content I receive. There is less meddling with the content presentation than Facebook. Also, right now there is no advertising on Plus.

  210. Ted Lemon
    June 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I use G+ because I get trolled less frequently there. It's easier to block mean-spirited people who just want to get into arguments, and there are fewer such people there because it's not the most popular social network. I have an active facebook account, but I don't actually read my facebook feed--I just check for notifications every so often and go there if there's someone I need to contact who is not on G+. It may be that G+ is winning over facebook in terms of total number of users, but I find G+ a lot more useful.

  211. Brittany Constable
    June 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I pretty much live on G+. I even deleted my Facebook a couple of years ago as a birthday present to myself, and haven't looked back. G+ is where I can have interesting conversations with interesting people. I found the beta readers for my last novel there. I've made amazing friends and connections there. G+ is where you go to talk about passions and ideas. People tried to see it as a Facebook clone, but it's really somewhere between Tumblr and Twitter except with far more granularity in how you can share. G+ gives me an immense amount of control over what I can share with whom, and now with Collections I can control what I see from others as well. This makes it harder for companies to shove stuff in my face, which is why the tech press seems committed to the idea that G+ is useless.

  212. Jürgen Hubert
    June 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I use Google+ because it's one of the best places to find people with common interests around the world. Facebook, on the other hand, is the place where I connect with people I already know from somewhere else.

  213. Shar Banning
    June 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I go on G+ every day! Not only do I go on there because I have amazing people circled who post awesome content, I also am owner of a music community and adult humour community on there which both require regular maintenance due to weekly features I provide.

  214. Ayoub “Alex” Khote
    June 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Google+ gives me more engagement then any other platform. The problem the press and "gurus" have with it is that there's no way to game the platform. You get out what you put in. If you put in crap, that's all you're going to get out of it.

  215. Jeremy A Moats
    June 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    G+ is the Myspace of networks for me: a good idea to the founders, but useless in general. I apparently have a profile automatically created for me, but I never use it. I have no use for it. The same can be said for Instagram, tumblr, and even twitter - yes I have a twitter account, but it's just there to clone my facebook updates. Nothing more.

  216. Robert Bohl
    June 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I use G+ every weekday and most weekend days. I'm part of a large and thriving community of players and makers of indie tabletop roleplaying games, but that's not all we talk about. I use it similarly to how I use other social networks, only I have greater control and better conversations than I do anywhere else. I have a Twitter to ask questions of celebrities once in a blue moon, and a Facebook because I want to be able to retain my citizenship when it becomes a requirement to have a FB account to be an American.

  217. Gianluca Casu
    June 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    The issue whith G+ is that you go there to read meaningful material or to post about things you feel connected to or have an actual idea of. Which, I agree, is mostly shoking to the average Facebook user who just needs to make the net aware of his or her existance.

  218. Shervyn von Hoerl
    June 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    i love the communities I have been able to curate on G+ It's a place I can go to have meaningful conversations with people that I like and care about about things that are really important to me. It's a place where the interaction is deep and thoughtful and not limited to sarcastic one liners and the clicking of "Like" buttons.

  219. Bryan Fuselier
    June 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Google+ is the prime spot to find like-minded people with similar interests as you. Try searching on Facebook for your interests and see how hard it is to find people. People who know how to use Google+ love it.

  220. Sarfaraz Hussein
    June 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I reiterate Allen's view. G+ connects people with similar interests, rather than friends or family. From a style of photography, to the development of Android ROM's, icons, wallpapers. It's communities are far better than facebook. If they could find a way to integrate comments on articles outside of G+ into threads, it would move things along nicely.

  221. Allen Law
    June 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    The best way I've found to explain Google plus is this. Facebook is for friends and family. G+ is for people with the same interests I have who I want to know and chat with.

  222. Korinne M Jackman
    June 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    First, did you tune in to Google I/O last week? G+ isn't going anywhere, but thanks for the laugh at yet another blogger jumping on the ghost town/slow death bandwagon. As to how I voted, I voted "today.# I'm on G+ every day. It's alive and full of conversation all day long. It reminds me of the old chat rooms from early Internet days, except on a larger scale. My stream is full of communities, organizations, and people based on my interests. For me, it's a massive RSS feed with great people in the conversations. Ironic that I stumbled upon the link while on G+ reading my stream.

  223. Peter Holloway
    June 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Google Plus' communities are vibrant and responsive. I use G+ for both photography and IT related social networking. Both communities are more useful to me than Twitter or Facebook and more manageable.

  224. Áine Keefer
    June 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Google+ is where I have actual conversations with people, where I post images of my artwork and can get real critique on them, where I engage with my fellow academics for deep discussion, and where I talk with my friends, acquaintances, industry colleagues, and faith community. ZuckerBook is what I use to talk to my mother-in-law when it's not worth an hour on the phone, and I generally only tweet when I have a pithy one-off or bit of world news to disseminate and I don't care about actually talking with anyone about it.

  225. Rob Hindle
    June 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    With G+ I feel like I'm in control by default. FB seems to me to make control and privacy difficult, and it has a history of changing just how that works. FB was originally designed as a way for male university students to rate girls, its role expanded, it became a different beast by progressive change. As a programmer I know that if you keep bolting new features onto a program it can end up as a very messy code-base with plenty of scope for problems and a lack of coherent direction. FB is now very different to how it started out. G+ had the advantage of seeing where FB had got to, what worked well, what people didn't like and added to that picture some of their own ideas so were able to start out with a well thought out and detailed plan. In a side by side technical or usability comparison G+ is the winner but for one thing: FB got there first, there's a massive user base reluctant to change because one social network is enough and if that's where your friends are, moving elsewhere leaves them behind. For older viewers this is a rerun of the Betamax vs VHS race. Betamax video tape was probably technically better than VHS but VHS had a much larger catalog of pre-recorded movies available and so became dominant. However with social media it's not a fight to the death, there is room for diversity. The G+ user base is not insignificant at somewhere around 300 million, similar numbers to Skype and LinkedIn, it's only "small" when compared to FB (which has about 4 times the user-base). So why don't we see people saying LinkedIn or Skype are failures? G+ users daily usage is less time than people spend on FB. That's used as a reason why FB is "better". Another view is that G+ doesn't waste as much of your time, you have better control. A friend who works in broadcast media where they receive a lot of incoming social media traffic tells me that the more intelligent and worthwhile input comes from G+ accounts, implying a smarter user base. I'm happy to be a member of that elite. You may be surprised when I say I probably use FB more than G+ but there's a reason, I only use FB to keep an eye on my kids and their friends, if they were on G+ it would be easier for them to prevent me doing that.

  226. Kelsey Tidwell
    June 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Facebook...the National Enquirer of social networks. Google+...the MakeUseOf of social networks.

  227. Joseph Teller
    June 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I log in to my Google+ at least twice a day and spend at least an hour catching up on posts, discussions, and important links I need. I use circles and communities within the system regularly to keep in contact with relatives, friends, professional acquaintances etc. Far more effective than Facebook or Twitter for communicating in a focused manner without the ad-spam that those services generate.

  228. William L. Weaver
    June 1, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Twitter is for Communicating with Folks You Don't Know. Facebook is for Communicating with Folks you Used to Know. Google+ is for Communicating with Folks you Should Know.

    • Starbar
      June 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      This.

  229. Scott Wilson
    June 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I find it disturbing when a writer doesn't understand that Google Plus is bigger than Twitter, the second largest social network in the world, and growing. Maybe you picked the wrong profession.

  230. Gherhartd Sildoenfein
    June 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I check G+ multiple times per day. I can have there interesting exchanges that simply don't happen on Facebook. People I find there are much more constructive and there is much less noise. On Facebook, I only friends people I know and what is exchanged is mainly phatic in nature. On G+ I discovered many very interesting persons that I can talk with and learn and build.

  231. Tom Spinella
    June 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    There is far less of the social network drivel on G+. Always has been that way. It's just better.

  232. Lena Rotenberg
    June 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    2 days ago. I check it 4-5 times per week. I don't have a FB account, only Google+. Follow a lot of photographers.

  233. Renato Ramonda
    June 1, 2015 at 11:14 am

    g+ is my main social media platform, I interact daily with hundreds of friends around the world, and I have more (much more) contacts there than on twitter. It's the perfect platform for talking about your passions and interests: very little noise (the inanities people post on facebook), very high content quality.

  234. Michael Althauser
    June 1, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The last time I checked Google+ was about five minutes ago, when I clicked the link to get here. It's a fantastic way to meet new people who share my interests, and it's the place I go to discuss various hobby and interact with likeminded people. Facebook is great for keeping in touch with family and friends. Google+ is fantastic for making *new* friends.

  235. likefun butnot
    June 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I've never agreed to the additional terms of service for G+ over and above any other Google account, so for me the primary functional difference between G+ existing and not is that I can no longer comment on Youtube videos with my pre-buyout Youtube account. That alone is enough to make me dislike G+.

  236. Craig Maloney
    June 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I use Google+ exclusively, and on a more-than-daily basis (logging in at least several if not more times per day). I absolutely love it. I follow a lot of game designers on there and have had conversations that would be impossible on Twitter (I deleted my Facebook profile a while back so I'm not sure if those conversations would have happened there). I follow over 2,000 folks on Google+ and I don't feel overwhelmed (some days I get a little behind) but I haven't yet felt overwhelmed like I did on Twitter. The Circles are great for segmenting off what I want to follow. I can't say enough good things about Google+. They really figured out how to make a social network for folks who want more signal than noise.

  237. red_green_esq
    June 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Mamma said social media is like a box of cereal-full of froot loops!

  238. Bastien Wauthoz (Acritarche)
    June 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

    G+ is thriving with active creators. Photographs, painters, cartographers, designers, etc. This is an amazing place where creations are born, live, spread and are commented. Truly essential.

  239. Craig Judd (Shiro Kuro)
    June 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I saw the link to this survey on G+! With thriving Communities of like-minded people, G+ is my go-to site for the international roleplaying game scene. Like any social media site, your experience is dependent on who you're connected to. Whereas Facebook tends to connect people who know each other in real life, G+ focusses more on bringing together people with shared interests, and for a geek like me it's great for finding exciting new content without having to wade through my relatives' cat photos!

  240. Steve Thomas
    June 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The main problem with Google+ is there's often too much to cope with. I sometimes visit Facebook and find there's not much new, whereas it's hard to keep up with Plus. Yes, the opposite of what other people say. The thing is, it depends who and how many you are following on each platform. In either case, you have to put a little effort in before you get something out of it.

  241. Steve Thomas
    June 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I also have a gmail account, long before I used Android or Chrome OS or Drive. I use it for email because I love gmail for email. The web interface is miles ahead of Outlook. No tabs. No folders. Labels are brilliant. Just like folders, except you can have multiple labels for emails. Love conversation view and couldn't live without it. Love how you can delete one email in a thread, or delete the whole conversation. Did I say I absolutely love labels? (See how easy it is to replace "hate" with "love"?)

  242. Tony Sidaway
    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Google+ contains a thriving community of frequent posters whose content keeps me engaged. The term "ghost town" is risibly inaccurate. I follow just a few dozen regularly. More would simply be too much content to keep up with. Facebook is cluttered with people I know and love in real life, but whose inane chatter online I long ago tired of contending with; I had deleted my Facebook account some years before Google+ opened and I don't miss it.

  243. Miguel Clarke
    June 1, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I'm a big time G+ fan. The topics I care most about are well represented there. I'm a Formula 1 fan, tech geek, Android user who loves Rottweilers. Facebook just does not do it for me. So, in short: Facebook is to connect with people you know. Google+ is to connect with people who have similar interests to yours. The app is slicker (on Android) than Facebook and gets me to content much faster. Facebook considering itself a news source? I use G+ to research breaking news and the related hash tags. It's a great fit for me without all of the clutter of more popular networks. The media has been declaring Google+ dead since it left beta.

    • Tony Sidaway
      June 1, 2015 at 6:49 am

      "So, in short: Facebook is to connect with people you know. Google+ is to connect with people who have similar interests to yours." That is exactly right.

  244. Derrice Pugh
    June 1, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I just recently deleted my Facebook account and opted for the lesser viewed/ saturated Google+. For me, this was simply personal preference... I simply cannot stand the over saturation of over opinionated - under informed generation that is taking control of devices. I saw a post recently stating that Facebook was considering becoming a news source. Heaven forbid that happens because then all gossip will become news. Google+ has a good thing because some of the internet users appreciate a nice quiet cafe as well as a nice quiet forum to incite our nice quiet senses. + isn't dead. Just quiet.

  245. Daniel Rezac
    June 1, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I use Google+, mostly because of Google Apps for Education. Educators share strategies and resources there like mad, and so I'm kind of tied to it. The Communities feature has a lot of activity happening in there. It's kind of taken the place of Google Groups, which used to be the go-to place to ask questions about GAFE.

  246. Brad Merrill
    May 31, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I really want to use Google+ — the feature set and design is great — but the community is just not there for me.

  247. jenn denlinger (JadeViolin)
    May 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I use G+every day, not because it is awesome, but because an entire section of my social interaction centers on the game Ingress, among the players of which, I have many friends. That being said, I Do prefer it to Facebook, as it is not crowded with other content I am not interested in (Facebook is cluttered with such), and it has a workable interface for creating events. It is also far easier to select the persons with whom I wish to share on G+. These are the things that endear G+ to me. Do I "love it"? No. Is it better than the rest I have been using? For my purposes, yes.

  248. Peter J. Moran
    May 31, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I use Google+ daily for different educational groups and I keep brining it to more PLN groups to keep connected. Stick with it Google it is a great product.

  249. Read and Share
    May 31, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    No Google+ or Hangouts for me. I already use Gmail (and thus Contacts by extension). That's more than enough Google tracking, thanks.

  250. Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
    May 31, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Google+ for me is the back up for Facebook, when Facebook acts very crazy. Often times, on Facebook, you can't post stuff without being banned or suspended.

  251. Justin Guy
    May 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I make use of G+ daily. I keep track of a number of businesses, some of my more tech savvy friends... And ingress. Played much more ingress before my son was born a couple of weeks ago, but I keep up on the info. I mainly use it as a news aggregator, though. Sharing to other services from my device is sketchy at best. If I could share amongst them I would use it more often. I may get a social media managing software to handle them all at once... So that may go out the window. However, I would love to see it supplant Facebook. Never will though. The user adoption fits even the elderly. G+ is more business, artsy or techy.

  252. Brennen Raimer
    May 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Probably checked it no more than 5 times since its inception. No one is on it, or if they are, they don't use it. Last time I checked it was to scrub some personal photos that my android tablet auto uploaded to it from my google drive. I consider it a liability and wish I never bothered with it. If you are on g+ because facebook annoys you or you consider it a waste of time, maybe curate your friends and content you like better.

  253. Elizabeth Tripoli (3xEmonkey)
    May 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I use G+ as my primary social network. I don't know when was the last time I even logged in to facebook. G+ has led me to all of my friends and hobbies. Since I joined Google+, I have gained a entirely different lifestyle and have met some of the greatest people I have ever known. It's got some neat features, and all of them are intuitive to use. I like the location settings. I love how it integrates with my pictures and other apps, like YouTube. I like the privacy settings. I absolutley love and worship the complete lack of irritating habits and hobbies facebook includes- because I don't want to see my cousin's success in farmville or whatever. Google+ is cleaner, nicer. Facebook was full of fear-mongering, stupidity, hate-speech, and people I wasn't even "friends" with. G+ has introduced me to so many more opportunities. It's a better lifestyle choice. It's much more supportive community with these brilliant bright spots of warmth and intelligence. All I see are politics and ugly newborns on facebook.

  254. Peter Fitzsimmons
    May 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    G+ is a great social network...if used properly. Much like Facebook and Twitter, Google+ excels in some areas but lacks in others. Where G+ works (for me) is that I am able to categorise those I follow into different areas. For example, Make Use Of shares a circle under the title of "TECH" with others like Gizmodo, Android Central etc. these are kept separate from sports, news, music and friends, which all have their own. This allows me to concentrate on the subject I want rather than manually search through endless feeds. While its true that G+ does not have the following of,say, Facebook, it is a different animal altogether. I like to think that G+ takes the variety of users from Twitter but allows greater communication like FB. ultimately, you get out of it what you put in. I often think that those who dismiss social networks have not really given it a fair shot or understand that it is a tool to use rather than expecting the internet to come to you. I have made some interesting friends on google and would be sad to see the place we all share and enjoy disappear.. Fingers crossed it doesn't come to that.

  255. Michael Dubnik
    May 31, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I live and breathe Google+. Best community and conversation of all social networks. Twitter is decent as well but isn't built for discussion. Don't bother with Facebook at all, waste of time and energy that adds nothing to my life.

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      May 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Yeah, absolutely right. Google and Twitter both do something but Facebook is pure waste of time.

  256. Rick Shortt
    May 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I use Google+ several times a week if not every day. But not for social interaction with my friends. Of course, I only use Facebook lightly for that, rarely spending more than a few minutes a day on it most days, and some days not at all. What is great about Google+ though are all of the Communities for things I am interested in. I follow about 50 different ones currently, mostly tech and hiking related ones. Most of these seem to get a lot more traffic and have more helpful info than similar pages on Facebook.

  257. Nick Allon
    May 31, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I would check it...maybe, but none of my friends uses it.

  258. hildyblog
    May 31, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I've checked it twice in the past year - once to sign up for the Office Lens preview and once to cancel my subscription when Office Lens went to general availability. I follow no one on Google+ and no one follows me. Of course, the same applies to Facebook and Twitter. What can I say? I'm anti-social.

  259. Alex Jiménez, M. Ed.
    May 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I check Google+ about once a week for the sole reason that one of the few people in my circle blogs regularly there. My smartphone alerts me when she's posted an article. I do frequently log into new sites using my Google + profile over using my other profiles, seems safer, though I'm not sure why I feel that way.

  260. Michael Scoates
    May 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    As a Chrome and Android user I know I've got Google+ somewhere, and I know a lot of other people seem to use it as I get the odd plus notification here and there, but I've never found a use for it. I didn't even know it was a social network until you told me, but I remember something or other about circles being involved with it. Maybe it just wasn't marketed correctly?

  261. Andrew Penner
    May 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Google+ is awesome - a great place for articles and information about stuff I'm interested in. It's just a tool, and I find it incredibly useful and informative - integrated Hangouts is a nice touch as well. Facebook is for keeping in touch, Twitter is my "news ticker", Google+ is about connecting with people who have the same interests as myself - not just based on who I know

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