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4 Reasons Google+'s Failure to Dominate Should Reassure You About Society

4 comments, 493 views, posted 10:44 pm 22/09/2011 in Google by Cnik
Cnik has 3783 posts, 1459 threads, 0 points, location: Pittsburgh, PA
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While Google+ gained members at a faster rate than any other social network before it, user engagement has dropped steadily, with people making their way back to the comfort zone known as Facebook. And despite the fact that Google+ has much to offer, that's a great thing because I was worried about us, guys.

It's fair to say that everyone on earth loves Google and knows it has a vital role in the future of technology. But how many of us actually trust Google? Eight people in the world, probably. The rest of us sort of treat Google like that lifelong friend who, despite having your back 99% of the time, you know would sleep with your girlfriend if he had the opportunity. And then tell you the details. What I'm saying is that I don't think anyone would actually be surprised if one day Google announced that after years of innovations and easing our lives, they were like "Oh by the way, we've enslaved the human race and taken over the world. And as punishment for being our slaves, everyone has to join Google Wave." It's really just a matter of time.

But…

We're not there yet. Google+ was an attempt to topple the social networking Goliath that says stuff like "Hi I'm Mark Zuckerberg and I bathed in money and I dried myself with a giant 1 Trillion Dollar Bill." And while no one knows what the future holds, it didn't happen immediately. That's reassuring. Google's not ready to dominate the world just yet. It's nice to know that the little guys, shockingly Facebook in this case, can survive.
Not Everyone Has to Be a Pioneer

Have fun exploring new territory and blazing trails with nothing but your "hangouts." The rest of will be on Facebook with all our stuff. It's comforting to know that we as a society are content with letting a bold few do the dirty work for us.
I Hate Being Told I Can Be a Better Person

The truth is, I hate Facebook. It's the worst. And with the latest updates, they even added new mini-Facebooks to your Facebook, meaning there's so many terrible Facebooks happening at once when you load that awful awful page. But for better or worse, it's part of all our daily routines. And I kind of like my daily routine. And I find nothing more obnoxious than someone I've never met coming along and telling me I'm not living my life the way I should. I own one pair of jeans and it's the pair that already had a belt in it when I found it in the closet at the end of the summer, thank you. I don't need Google+, with its "circles" and multiple pairs of designer jeans, telling me there's more out there to experience. Let me be me. Let us be us. Even if that means reloading Facebook every thirty seconds even though we despise everything about it. Google+ has shown us we're all complacent with our current pair of jeans. Despite their obvious flaws. Good for us!
We're Not as Self Absorbed as We Thought

I mean, we are. We all did sign up immediately and add people to circles whatever the fuck that even means. But it turned out we could only hold up so many mirrors and stare at ourselves. It's like when you're at the barber and they give you that joke-shop mirror and tell you to the look at the back of your neck and you're all like "looks good" even though you have clue what it's supposed to look like. Google+, while offering innovative features to engage with others, was essentially another mirror that we haven't needed. And when we looked at it, with all its "hangouts" and "+1s", we basically blurted out "Looks Good!" and then went back to looking at the staring at the front of our haircut. We can only stare at ourselves from so many angles. And that's good to know.

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10:54 pm 22/09/2011

Flee

Get your tin foil hats on....

http://www.google-watch.org/bigbro.html

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10:57 pm 22/09/2011

z0phi3l

I trust Google more than I trust Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple combined. Google just wants to show me adds of stuff they think I'm interested in, the others want my soul

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12:18 am 23/09/2011

Sypher_5

Google already knows a lot about you, they know your router IP, appropriately where it is in the World ( Google Street Car ), and what sites you visit ( Adsense ). You probably have GMail, and possibly use Google Latitude. They have little more to gain they don't already know if you join Google +.

Now add on the most annoying Facebook update ever, and I'm trying to convert a few people to Google+ because frankly I'm sick of seeing "pet my donkey" and other such apps popping up on Facebook faster than I can disable them. Not to mention the game companies have got smart and now made those posts personal posts so only way to block them is block the person.

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12:44 am 23/09/2011

Quaektem

Quote by z0phi3l:
I trust Google more than I trust Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple combined. Google just wants to show me adds of stuff they think I'm interested in, the others want my soul

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Oh... they want you're soul too. They'll just wait until after your dead to get it.

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