I officially love Google+...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

I officially love Google+...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

Summary: Love Google+ or hate it (and I really love it), it's about to become yet another electronic destination. The business implications are impressive, but who has the time?

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I think Robert Scoble may have said it best in his review of Google+:

...it’s clear Google has turned a corner. They have now proven to everyone that they can do social and get on the playing field.

But they haven’t yet proven that they can convince your mom to use it...

He goes on to not only talk about how much he loves Google+, but also how he's more than happy to have it remain the exclusive domain of the technorati (I'm paraphrasing, of course, but you get the point - He, like many of us at ZDNet and the broader sphere of geekdom likes the especially geeky features of Google's new social tool). It actually harkens back to the early days of Gmail when it was invite-only and only the coolest of nerds had accounts. It was different and we were the only ones who "got it."

I'm right there with Robert. Google+ rocks out loud already and it's only a couple of days old. The circle concept, much like Gmail's labels that allow messages to be tagged and flagged in multiple useful ways, fits brilliantly into my idea of what social media should bring to business and education. Already I'm able to clearly separate the various parts of my life (work, family, friends, etc.) such that I can manage communications on many fronts from a single interface better than I ever could in Facebook.

Facebook is just one big social jumble that too many of us end up using for business communications because it's convenient. Google+ only let's work and life meet where I want it to.

Which is all well and good, but I don't have time for the mess that is Facebook, let alone another network to massage and manage. I spend increasing amounts of time on LinkedIn, cultivating business and partnerships, while email remains a key link to many aspects of my life. And Facebook is still, well, Facebook. I've broken the Cityville habit; my kid doesn't even bother playing that for me anymore. But my company has a private Facebook page that we use constantly for exchanging ideas and brainstorming across 3 continents.

My kids aren't going to leave Facebook behind and I'm not about to turn my watchful eye from their Facebook activities so I can better manage my circles on Google+. And, as Scoble points out, if I don't stay connected to Facebook, how will I talk to my mom? My wife would tell me that I could just call her, but come on, what is this? 1993?

So I've found a genuinely useful, remarkably different social network, the Gmail of social, and I'm going to use it because it suits me just as well as Gmail did years ago when I became an immediate convert. But Facebook remains an albatross around my neck. LinkedIn is at least a large crow around my neck, too. I suppose it would be too much to ask for one network to rule them all, right? Management of my entire social graph via Google+ and some slick single sign-on?

Yeah, that's not feeling very likely.

Topics: Collaboration, Google, Social Enterprise

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Hey Chris, I too am cool. Where's my invite? Please!

    Some say I am nerdy too. I'm begging you Man! ;)
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate Yeah, really cool and nerdy.<br>CHRIS...take the presumed advice of you WIFE and CALL YOUR MOM. She will know what it means that you call her for a 15 minute conversation a couple of times a week rather than 5 words on some social media (really? Social??). She might keep you in her will!
      Bradish@...
      • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

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  • PS

    If you don't think I have a high opinion of myself, just ask me.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
  • I'd love an invite as well...

    :P
    pjotr123
  • Ever hear of Meshin?

    What's up? Why not just have a single front end? Ever hear of meshin? http://www.meshin.com/ It's developed by the crafty folks at PARC.
    mbrownnyc
  • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

    Chris - good article, asking the most basic question that Google marketing folk have no doubt been asking themselves from day 1 of this project (why would FB users switch or add Google+ to their social tools portfolio). One benefit I see here is the new Google+ bar atop of ALL Google websites. The bar give you instant access to your notifications and instant ability to post and share. It's so convenient, it's just there. I imagine in time this ability it will become simply second nature by people who surf Google pages. When they read an interestng article on Google News or Google Finance etc. they won't have to copy a link, go to their social networking tool of choice, paste the link and share with their friends. I know you can download an extension today to do the same thing, but if we start talking about moms and dads and grandmas... :)
    CCTEO1
    • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

      @CCTEO1 You are right.I have always my Gmail opened and sometimes I feel too lazy too open FB,even the extension.With Google+ everything is more confortable.
      anto31
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    Will Pharaoh
    • I was thinking the same thing

      @Will Pharaoh

      What a shock that Christopher Dawson loves something Google put out. He loved Wave too and pretty much anything else Google puts out. They should change the name of the blog to Servicing Google, since Mr. Dawson's nose is so far up Google's backside.
      LiquidLearner
      • Discenting opinions are fine as long as...

        @LiquidLearner

        ...you accept the premise that this is a Google-specific blog, therefore it encompasses stories which are consumed by those who are very likely holding Google in good favor.

        It would also apply that those who visit Mary Jo Foley's blog, 'All About Microsoft', for example, are interested in a different venue.

        You have your bias as much as any other individual who lands on the ZDnet TalkBacks.

        I am not exempt but be realistic.
        Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
      • You know DTS

        @LiquidLearner

        You are absolutely correct. Perhaps the initial round of poor reviews of Google+ before people really got into all the features tempered my outlook on Dawson giving it such a glowing review. I wasn't surprised it was him when I read the title but perhaps it's not just his Google bias showing through. The more I read about it the more interested I am in this going forward. Very good post sir, very good. Now I have to shower having said that. You understand. hehe
        LiquidLearner
      • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

        @DTS I guess you mean 'dissent'
        mm71
        • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

          @mm71
          I stand corrected. Spelling is one of my failings but the editor usually catches it; I don't think the subject line does though.

          Thanks.
          Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
      • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

        @LiquidLearner

        This column, as it was with Dawson's predecessor/short time partner Garrett Rogers, is utterly uncritical of Google. Mary Jo Foley and Ed Bott blast Microsoft at least occasionally, even regularly. Everything Google does is golden according to Dawson. That's why the column is of little value to me.

        Even if he is telling it like it is, a critical reader can't accept that without verifying all his claims personally. And if I'm going have to spend the time researching it myself, I don't see much value add here.

        The funny thing is that, it's OK for a company to fail at times. If you don't fail once in a while, you're not trying. You're too conservative. It's the reason behind all of the Google seed projects. So there's nothing wrong with indicating which ones are duds and which ones are hits. But you can't tell from this column.
        hickum
    • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

      @Will Pharaoh

      +1 (No pun intended)
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

    Yeah, +1 on the invite! I have been wanting to check this thing out!
    slickjim
  • Sounds like you (we) need a multi-social site client app

    Post once to it and it posts in turn to all (or some, depending what you check off) of your social accounts.
    Viewing others posts could probably be done by some form of aggregating (and perhaps ranking?) RSS feeds from your various social pages.
    Norm76
  • RE: I officially love Google ...Too bad I can't dump Facebook

    Maybe we could get a dump Facebook movement going? We could create a Fan Page to talk about...oh, wait...

    Seriously, I hate Facebook. There's nothing like making a statement about business and having someone post something totally inappropriate just below it. But, like you said, it's a force of nature and I'm even learning to set up Fan pages (any advice, by the way, on that?).
    dougtheprguy
  • Now all we need is a Facebook Friend import tool

    Google isn't hitting the road from the beginning here. They could come up with a way to automatically import your Gmail contacts as friends in Google+ or something like that. Then if they could find a way to grab my Facebook friends and import them, Facebook would be in deep trouble. And right before their IPO?? Not good. Not good at all. I like what I am seeing here.
    steveholt68