I’ve been pretty vocal about my dislike of Google+ – I haven’t really found much use for it in its infancy. Something I have been doing, though, is setting up circles of people, mostly by how I know them. I don’t have a really good explanation for it, but for some reason, random people “sharing” with me unnerves me a little bit. I’m not going to delve into why it seems different from Twitter, except to say, it might boil right on down to word usage.
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On LinkedIn: You Connect – And you accept or deny.
On Facebook: You Friend – And you accept or deny.
On Twitter: You Follow – And you accept or deny.
On Google+: You Share / They Share – It’s an auto-accept.
I think that’s been my real issue with it. People are “sharing” with me that I have no connection with whatsoever. On Twitter (Which seems to be the biggest comparison for some) people follow me and I hardly notice unless they engage me. (That may not be entirely true since I actively watch my followers list.) When someone “joins” me on Google+, they’re suddenly “sharing” with me. Like they’re pushing things at me. It’s a little creepy. I don’t know why.
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So I created a circle, on g+, called: “People I Don’t Know.” and it’s one of my most populated circles. Now I wanted to experiment with that for a moment. I engage people on Twitter & Facebook that I don’t already know, so why not on Google Plus, too?
So I began an experiment. Three days ago I posted the following directly to my “I don’t know you” circle:
Hi. If you’re seeing this, it’s because you’ve decided to share with me and I don’t think I know you. So – I want to change that. Hi. What’s going on?
To date: I’ve received two responses. One stating: “It’s awfully slow in here,” and the other, “Everyone in my circles are from twitter pretty much and I hardly know everyone by real name.” ..And it wasn’t someone I know.
Google plus still seems somewhat unnecessary to me. Maybe that will change over time, maybe not.
Update. Interestingly enough, one of the people quoted above is a connection through Twitter. I just didn’t know his real name. Maybe that’s part of the problem?