Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Friday, July 8, 2011

minus Google plus

When Google asked me why I chose to delete my Google+ service, here’s what I wrote:

First of all, I am not especially attracted to social media. I deactivated my Facebook account years ago, and find that Twitter is all the social I need. 

Second, Google+ gives me too many decisions to make. With Twitter, I say "Let me know if someone replies to me or DMs me, but otherwise leave me alone." (I don't even know how many followers I have or who those followers are.) Google+ defaults to sending me an email about everything, but even if I uncheck all those options, I still find new people showing up in my Stream that I didn't ask to see and that I have to make decisions about. That's exactly what I hated about Facebook: the constant need to make decisions about how I am going to manage my online relations, especially with people I don't know well.

Third, I don't fully trust Google to treat my information responsibly, so I would prefer not to implicate myself further in the company. If Gmail weren't so far superior to every other implementation of email, I would have already deleted my Google account.

I really do appreciate how easy Google makes it to escape Google+ — they wouldn't have done it so well a year ago, which shows that they’re learning, as Facebook is not. I completely understand what people like about Google+, but it didn't take me long to realize that it's just not my cup of tea at all.

One last word: trying out Google+ has reminded me once again of how much I like, and admire, the radical simplicity of Twitter. So if my Twitter friends start abandoning Twitter for Google+ I'm going to be really sad.

5 comments:

  • Michael Straight said...

    Tom Francis summed up my problem with all these services, including Twitter:

    there’s a vast gap between the number of people I like and the number of people whose verbal newsletter I want to subscribe to

    http://www.pentadact.com/index.php/2011-07-06-google-is-the-exact-opposite-of-the-social-network-we-need

  • That's a nice quote, Michael.

  • That is a *nice* post.

    "Ultimately, [Google+] assumes the main thing you care about in life is preventing certain people from seeing certain things you say online, but that you don’t much care what you read. That’s the exact opposite of my relationship with the internet."

  • Also this by Bevan Goldstein on (almost) leaving Twitter. http://www.devangoldstein.com/733/goodbye-twitter/

  • +1

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