There has been a lot of hanging wringing today on Google+ about people wanting to limit what people they are voluntarily following share on the service.
Whether it is the music haters wanting to block all sharing of music, to people complaining about those who type posts that are too long, or too short. It all amounts to the same issue. If you are following someone who isn’t posting things you want to read..stop following them.
No one can force you to read any one else’s posts and you removing them from your circles in no way changes whether they see your public posts. You can control who you read. You aren’t obligated to follow anyone.
I generally follow people back when they add me to a circle but I do so almost exclusively in a circle I call “Probationary.” Posters in that circle get removed quickly if their posts don’t interest me. If they are interesting and I find their thoughts and ideas stimulating I move them to other circles. It should not be an insult to them if I don’t follow them back indefinitely. Not everyone’s interests are in line with my own.
Google+ is about sharing. Sharing the web site you found interesting, the picture you took, the book you read last summer that changed your life, the tv show you poured your heart into making (that’s for +Jeri Ryan and the people who complain when she talks about her work) and yes even the great new album you just purchased on Google Music and want to share with your circles. Nothing in Google+ is shared by accident. The music I’m listening to isn’t forced into my stream against my will. I’m not even pressured into sharing it. I must click a button that clearly says “Share” and then I must click another button to actually post it.
If I abuse the people who follow my posts by spamming them with things they don’t find interesting they will rightfully remove me from their circles and that is fine. I try to share things I think others might like to know about or that I have a special interest in. Hopefully the people who hang around me on Google+ like some of those things as well, if not maybe someone else will find me tomorrow and they will appreciate the things I have to say where others might not.