Off With My Head on Google Plus!
Another post that will qualify for the Laziest Blogger of All Time Award………
Several people forgot my birthday. I’m not mad about it. But, when a couple of them mentioned it to me, they blamed Facebook for not reminding them. (Incidentally, I removed my birthday from every public service several months ago when I got the word that my social security number was stolen in the hack on the idiotic State Government of South Carolina. But, that is another story for a day when I don’t feel fuzzy.)
Rather than getting on my soapbox about Facebook, click here to read my last post about their sneaky use of Android devices.
Just wait until April, when Facebook rolls out video advertising in the timeline. I rarely go on Facebook now, but I may never log on again when unstoppable video ads automatically start rolling.
A few of you know where to find me regularly: Google+. Rather than continue to whine about how useless and spammy Facebook has become, I’ve thrown myself whole-hog into Google+.
Yes, with mostly a bunch of strangers. But they’re fun, interesting strangers who are becoming my friends.
Here’s why I don’t think an investment in Google+ will ultimately give people the spam-infested, over-sharing, ranting and raving drama of Facebook:
- Google already makes tons and tons and tons of money. They don’t need Google+ to be profitable to succeed. Therefore, they do not need to monetize your newsfeed with ads, sponsored stories, videos and spammy horse pucky. (Pucky is a word in my world.)
- Plusians are rabid about protecting the community. When people log on and do nothing but sell, they are relegated to the hinterlands. Or, taken to the woodshed very publicly.
- On Google+, I see EXACTLY what I want. Google does not decide what stories I see in my newsfeed (like Facebook does.) I have 100% control. I don’t have to worry about missing big news from a friend or sticking my foot in my mouth.
- Google+ does not require me to pay for a single thing. If I want a group to see a story, I simply send it to them. No “pay $10 to promote this post.” No “make a bunch of meaningless lists so we can know who your real friends are.” No requirement to interact with those people to see their stories.
- Google has been around a while. It isn’t new. It has proven its mettle. That doesn’t mean it cannot fail, but it has a greater shot at longevity than a new-ish company with a heaping IPO burden and NO proven revenue model.
Plus, if you are a blogger, it is imperative that you create a Google+ account today. Google has established a system of author ranking that lets bloggers claim public authorship of their blogs. It indexes that work, preventing plagiarism and giving a blogger a higher possible rank in Google searches. Without a Google+ account, bloggers will see their search engine hits fall. Here is a link to an article that explains how to claim authorship of your blog: https://plus.google.com/authorship
And, click here to circle me on Google+.
Now, if only I could figure out how to get the new Google+ iPad update to not chop off my head, I think my day would be complete. Or, maybe I should revel in my butt shot. (Click the link, Carnell. There are butt shots.)