Friday, January 6, 2012

Why Google+?

To say there are more social networks than you can shake a stick at is an understatement. Frankly, shake a stick in any direction and a social network will likely spring up immediately. Given that nuisance limit of 24 hours in a day, it doesn't matter how many "gotta be on" social networks exist. Like the cable conundrum where the number of channels increase and the stuff worth watching decreases (okay, disappears), at a certain point it will not be possible to be on all the social networks* one must be on.
New Year, New Challenge.
I made Google+ a priority for 2012. Wanting to break in on Google+ with friends, I asked via Facebook status, "Anyone want to connect on Google+?". I made some connections. My friend Yvonne (a great advocate and activist) aka @stopfox indicated that she had more social networks than either time or money. Yvonne asked (not directly) "Why another network?"  Her query caused me to think, "Why Google+?".
Indeed, "Why Google+?" is a good question. Although Google+'s circles organization is very practical, any unique strength of a social network is usually co-opted  by other social networks (it is maddening for a medium that encourages individuality to play follow the leader in this manner). Google+'s integration with the Android platform and everything else Googley is nice, but I'm sure Google+ works equally well with other platforms. My reason for involvement with Google+ is merely mundane.
No One Will Ever Read The Newspaper On Their Computer.
Like the horseless carriage, the television, the Betamax and the MP3 player before it, social networking is here to stay. The format may change and today's mega-monsters of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter may or may not continue for decades but platform driven e-networking will continue as long as their are humans and computers.  From all appearances Google's business model appears flexible enough to withstand the roller coaster turbulence of today's marketplace. So that is "Why Google+". I'm not leaving Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the cast of thousands but I will actively add Google+ to the mix.

How do you feel about the plethora of social networks? Any networks (currently in existence) you will be adding or subtracting from your mix? Would you rather return to carrying a pocket full of change to make a necessary call from a payphone?

*The social networks on which I currently have accounts include: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Triberr, HubPages,,unemployedworkers, Blogger,, Mashable, Huffington Post, StumbleUpon, Quora, Plaxo, Google+,, Branch Out, Klout and some Yahoo groups. I also have inactive accounts with Wordpress and MySpace. This doesn't count the blogs where I am an occasional commenter. These blogs also have the elements of a social network, but I don't want to include them in my list for fear of appearing obsessed with social networks.


  1. I'm sure you do not appear obsessed.., although.., maybe a little bit. Question comes to mind is what is the average use.., my list of networks is similar, I might comment a bit less, but hey, who's counting.

    To answer your question.., I feel like there is too much, I would love to have everybody on one network.., or one platform that combines them all neatly (not like Hootsuite though, but better).

    It is a very interesting development and I, for one, am very happy to live now and get to see where it will all go...

  2. Hi Roger,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm also happy to strap it on and go for the ride. I am disappointed that the various platforms play follow the leader way too much. As for something that combines platforms with a neat interface, have you check out Market Me Suite? See ya round.