I surfed the Wave.
I got a Buzz.
However, I positively refuse to add myself to Google+. #punsmoke
You can see from my profile in the right hand column of STweM that I’m not exactly a shrinking violet when it comes to joining social networks, trying new social platforms, or incorporating social tools into my workflow whenever I can see a clear, demonstrable benefit in doing so.
However, I’m resolutely not going to be an early adopter of Google+.
The principal reason for this is that Google+ seems to want to supplant all the other platforms and tools that I have evaluated, seen benefit in, and consequently adopted over the past couple of years for no reason other than they claim to have <cue elevator music> ‘rethought real life sharing’ for me and are now earnestly propounding in that gratingly anodyne, vanilla-flavoured way of theirs that my online life will somehow be lacking without it.
I fail to see how.
I have Twitter lists. I don’t need ‘Circles’
I have a variety of tools that stream tailored content my way, including a finely-tuned RSS feed. I don’t need ‘Sparks’
‘Hangouts’, quite apart from the hideous down-with-the-kids name (how on earth did that make the cut?) is a ghastly mess of video conferencing (which I do in a platform-agnostic way via Skype) and ‘watching YouTube’ which – you may recoil in shock to hear – I tend to do on YouTube, or via embeds on other sites.
And ‘Photos’. Thank goodness! After all, we’re pretty strapped for means of sharing images on the social web, aren’t we? If you don’t personally call a ‘Photos’-like function ‘my Flickr account‘ then you’ll unquestionably already have found a means of sharing and curating digital images that suits you.
In short, there is literally nothing on Google+ I want that I don’t already have.
I can publish, curate, and share everything I need, wherever I need to, whenever I need to, however I need to.
Thanks for the offer, Google+, but I’m sorted.
This pandering to the upgrade paranoia that darkens the hinterlands of our technological utopia is a mere quibble compared to the main thing that is wrong with Google+, however: it’s a pointless time-sink.
How are all those endless hours you’re going to spend filling Circles and sticking your virtual fingers in the Sparks sockets going to advance What You Do?
How will one more platform help you refine, augment and improve What You Do in order to do What You Do better?
More important still: how is Google+ connecting you with your community in a richer or more significant way than any of the other platforms and tools that you already use?
Are your funky new Circles just better filter bubbles?
Did Google+ help you get more done today? Or did you end up doing less? Today, just like yesterday, isn’t coming back.
If you spend a lot of time in the conversations that I do, remember that health is social.
Don’t be a digital zombie.
I appreciate that I’m making these assertions from the informed perspective of someone who doesn’t even have a Google+ account, but if you see this differently, be sure to tell me. I know you will.
Google+ is an addition I don’t need.