Why I’m Seriously Fucking Stoked about Google+

July 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yes yes I know the above video is totally manipulative –ambient folk music, anyone?– but I don’t care, it touches the secret mushy part of my heart.

As I’ve explained in 500 other posts, I hate Facebook with the heat of a thousand suns. I really can’t stand it and was actually somewhat relieved to be b& for my nefarious academic dealings. Emphasis on “somewhat,” since although Facebook sucks as a company and platform, I fully recognize the importance of feeling connected with and having access to friends from the far away or long long ago (as well as friends from the here and now, though that’s less of an issue on account of those friendships happen irl and are augmented by as opposed to entirely dependent on mediated communication). Granted there are other ways of staying in touch, but I hate the telephone, and use video chat and facetime much less than I expected I would, and am usually too busy (read: lazy) to do much emailing — anyway I don’t necessarily want to have long in-depth conversation with old friends and acquaintances, although in some cases I do ahem Kato and Maurene. Mostly I just want to see what people are up to, and mostly in good faith (i.e. I actually care) — but also in some cases for the simple joys of schadenfreude. So as much as I’m glad to be free from the shackles of ZUCKERBERG, I miss that, I miss my friends, I miss being invited to things I have no intention of attending. I’ve been compensating for this…I dunno, I guess I’d call it a lack…by keeping iChat open pretty much always. I don’t talk to many of my contacts very often, in large part because most of the time I’m at my computer I’m working. But it’s weirdly comforting to see a rotating cast of familiar avatars, like a coffee shop where I don’t have to do anything.

Unsurprisingly, then, I was delighted when details about Google+ began leaking, and was even more delighted when I got my invite(s) (thanks Seth and Frank!). There are some aspects of the platform I’m not entirely sold on — first of all, access is still pretty limited so it’s hard to fully dig my heels in — not many of my friends are on yet, so I can’t really fill or play with my circles. Also, some of the privacy settings are a little lacking; all your hangout invites and hangout summaries show up in your stream, meaning that who you talk to becomes everybody’s business. I’m not crazy about that idea, but then again, if you’re not comfortable having something you do or say be (even just hypothetically) public, then you probably shouldn’t be doing or saying it on an archived social networking site.

In conclusion, I cannot wait until Google+ goes public, or at least more fully public. The king is dead, long live the king!

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