By a show of hands, how many of you received a Google+ invitation? Well, I didn't receive one nor did anyone I know. And, I know a lot of high-profile writers, authors and various pseudo-celebrities. But, none have one. No, not one. To snub someone like myself, who is such a huge Google fan, is almost too appalling to discuss in a public forum. But, I'll try.
I should have received one of these highly valued, golden ticket invitations because, after all, I'm a writer, a book author, a podcaster and a columnist. I'm almost famous, dammit, and yet, here I am checking my GMail (oh, look at that, GMail--a Google property) account every five minutes to find my coveted invitation but I still don't have one. I've even checked my Spam folder because I know, deep down, Google couldn't have forgotten me--or worse, snubbed me.
I keep expecting that they'll realize their egregious oversight and that any minute now I'll get a Google Voice (That's me, using another Google service) message stating, apologetically, that someone inadvertently misplaced my special invitation. Apology accepted. Accepted with a caveat.
I want a Google+ invitation and I want one for all of my awesome friends too. Why else would I want one, if my friends can't be on there with me? Duh, it's social networking. Who will I network with, if my friends aren't on?
My friend list is extensive but there are a few of my notable ZDNet homeys who deserve mention in my demand for a Google+ invitation.
- Jason Perlow - He helped me land this gig, I suppose, to remove whatever dignity is left on ZDNet after his reign of terror. He deserves one, for sure.
- Larry Dignan - The awesome guy who runs this blog plus it never hurts to schmooze the boss.
- Ed Bott - He's almost as cool as me plus he lives in Santa Fe, where I used to live.
- Mary-Jo Foley - She needs one to offset the fact that she's forced to write about Microsoft.
- David Gewirtz - He's almost as good a writer as me. He should ride my coattail for a freebie or two.
- Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols - For having the longest name in tech and for writing about Linux.
- Peter "Angry Mac Bastard" Cohen - He and his band of renegades have ripped me to shreds on their podcast show.
- Zack Whittaker - He's British.
- O' Grady and Morgenstern - No, it's not a law firm, it's the Apple blog. Ick.
- Emil Protalinski - He does the Facebook blog, your competitor.
- Christopher Dawson - Although he does the Google blog, he should have named his blog, "Dawson's Creek." Minus one, Christopher, minus one.