Google+ is NOT a Better Facebook I’…

Google+ is NOT a Better Facebook

I've seen some posts today about how it is difficult to get friends on Facebook to join Google+ and that without them there is no point to being on Google+. I couldn't disagree more.

Google+ isn't just a slicker, newer Goggle branded Facebook. It isn't supposed to be. Google is a different company with a different take on social media. They are all about bringing people and information together. Google+ connects their data gathering together with social aspects and introduces a new creation.

I have very few followers on Google+. Less than 100 but of those people less than 25 of them are people I know from before I joined Google+. Most of them followed me because they read a comment I posted on someone else's post and they apparently thought that added with my own shared public posts warranted following me at least for a while to see what I was all about. I do the same thing. When I see someone posting something interesting I look at their profile. If they haven't posted anything in their public profile I usually just move along. If I see some interesting things there, interests that we share or something they are involved in that I want to know more about I follow them.

My stream in Google+ is more than I can read every day and that is fine, I don't have to read every single post that is posted in my stream. I read what I can and share things I think people might find interesting. Friends from FB will come to Google+ when they find it to their liking, but I don't have to have a group of people I already know on Google+ because it isn't, ultimately about me reading what you are doing today. It is more about you sharing what you are thinking, what you saw, what you created and I don't have to have gone to High School with you for that. I don't have to have lived down the street from you for 30 years and we don't have to be lifelong friends. We can be two internet citizens sharing the experience of being plugged into the biggest, most powerful search engine in the world and taking advantage of their journey into the social web site space.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.