(Dis)Engaging Google+

…or not.

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.
Quizas sea por que no me entiendes...
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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.
Over the fence
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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?

5 responses to “(Dis)Engaging Google+”

  1. Not really enjoying google + yet myself or really even figured it out. Well except I have put people into circles. Until Google starts letting me put people into polyhedrons instead of circles, I am really not too crazy about it

    • I’ve seen some good uses of it. For example if you wanted to have some real targeted group discussions or an easy-accessible version of Skype, sure. But for me. It’s not my thing.

  2. There are definitely groups that are making more use of it than others (it’s really caught on amongst photographers). If you’re seeing stuff from folks you haven’t circled, all I can figure is that it’s because of the “Extended Circles” option when sharing. As I understand it, that shares content with your circles as well as with the folks that those folks have in their circles. Other than that, I don’t see why you’d see a post from someone you hadn’t circled.

    Seems more like a bug than a feature.

    • Oh. I don’t think I communicated that well. I added these people, who have added me to a circle, to an “I don’t know you” circle. I posted to that circle to see if I could get engagement, as an experiment. I thought it was an opportunity to engage people I didn’t know. It didn’t really work.

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