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03.03.2015

In the ‘I told you so’ file: Google Plus could be stripped for parts, says Quartz

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3 Responses to ‘In the ‘I told you so’ file: Google Plus could be stripped for parts, says Quartz

  1. jaklumen says:

    It’s a real pity that Myspace didn’t do better; I remember our discussion about it. I thought J. Timberlake had made a good try of it, as the site HAD been known for promoting music. My time at We Heart Music suggested at least that much, but, I sense that musicians moved elsewhere because opportunities were missed, probably the least of which you’ve mentioned.

    I’ve said before that I am avoiding Facebook like the plague– all that was there for me in the past was politically malcontent schoolmates and toxic relatives. Ironically, what would call me back is a few private support groups for trauma/abuse survivorship; I’d have to use a pseudonym to avoid reprisal from family (due to the issue being tangled in family ties). And as I said on Twitter, well, it was only Hangouts that pulled me back in to G+. The only family members that are even using G+ are more tech-savvy AND they willingly keep in touch, without the ugly drama. In short: no, I don’t need G+ in particular; but I am using other Google services.

    No Kool-aid drunk here. Just convenience, for now. No sense moving to another platform if people aren’t using it– if they don’t use Google, they use Facebook– and we loop back on the argument on why I don’t use Facebook.

  2. Jack Yan says:

    J., Facebook has relaxed its requirement to use real names—I know this as a drag queen friend who lost her profile has recently got it back—so I think you could go on there with a pseudonym. I’m not a big fan of Facebook, either—the only reason it doesn’t figure more in my long-form blog posts is that it tells you that it is a privacy invader (not in so many words). If it doesn’t lie, I’m not going to call them out. It is a very arrogant company though.
       I long believe that one should use whatever platform suits them—it is the same argument I pose in the whole Mac v. PC debate. These are tools, and we should choose what is right. However, we should also choose them being fully aware of their down sides, and my problem with Google—a military contractor pursuing more and more military business—is that its reality does not measure up to its “nice guy” claims.

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