Please Google, stop trying to shove Google + down our collective throats. Please!
No one wants it except a small sad minority that is addicted to social networking. We already have far more garbage social networking sites than we need. There’s Facebook, MySpace, Reddit, Digg, Stumbleupon, Foursquare, Quora, etc. The list is seemingly endless. Most are little more than glorified vBulletin boards offering nothing to users other than the opportunity to waste time in exchange for being data-mined.
To be frank, Google + is starting to look like the Freddy Kreuger of the Internet. Just when you think and hope the damned thing’s dead, it springs back up and comes after you again.
Let’s be honest here: The only reason we still hear about Google + is because Google is one of the richest entities on the planet capable of throwing billions of dollars worth of online advertising at a product because it owns the Internet.
This is the only reason this DOA product still gets mentioned. The only one.
Last week I finally caved into the pressure to sign up for Google +. After wasting half an hour filling in my profile, I spent another hour or two perusing various business areas. (Is “area” the correct word when it comes to G+? I don’t know and I don’t care.) What I found was dismal. It was the usual gang of social media attention-whores trying to elbow their way to the front. There was no value there.
I then decided to delete my G+ account. Google warned me that it could take a few days to remove it. A full week later I am still seeing traces of it and worry about who can see what about me.
The Internet was a far better place when people could converse on bulletin boards under whatever aliases they wanted. Indeed a big part of the fun of community life was seeing all the creative and hilarious monikers people came up with for themselves. It was liberating and fun to be able to adopt a new name and persona. People talked more openly and honestly about everything from their work to their private lives. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking that these aliases kept people apart. They didn’t. Over time as you got to know Duderonomy, The Medium Lebowsky, and Captain Onliner, you’d know that the time had come to drop the virtual veil and let them know your real name. Countless friendships, romances, business partnerships, and even marriages sprung from these “anonymous” boards.
In contrast to this, social networking by forcing people to participate under their real names from the get-go, creates a different type of environment. It’s one that attracts attention-whores and show-boaters. There is a glaring fakeness to how most participate on it.
To sum up, we are already drowning in a sea of worthless social networking platforms which offer users little besides the opportunity to piss their lives away in exchange for earning “likes” and up-votes. However, there is a heavy price to be paid for using them in terms of the loss of one’s privacy. Sadly, the importance of privacy is something that most people won’t understand until it’s all gone. Society is now closing in on the point of no return with regards to the loss of privacy. Unfortunately, most people are too busy trying to win social networking brownie points to notice.
Someone please drive a stake into Google +’s ugly heart. Enough is enough. It’s dead. After two years it’s time to admit that it was DOA. We don’t want it; we don’t need it.
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