Posts Tagged ‘google+’
It’s always interesting to see how people use social media differently. I found myself with one person making the case for me.
Just take a look at the responses by our friend Frank, writer at InsertCointoBegin.com.
Now, what I imagine is the product of the limited form, Twitter warrents this reaction from the same…
So, as you can see, the unlimited nature of posting, and I imagine it’s zen form, incite a novel reaction from our responder.
Twitter’s 140 character limit is more tuned to be a jackass…
Every once in a while, I tend to spout my longer thoughts on my Google+. And they make it to blog form here:
In the past week, Google unveiled some new social search features that have me worried. Maybe it’s who I follow, but I have this issue on Google+ where my feed is full of posts by social media luminaries like Guy Kawasaki, Chris Brogan, or Leo Laporte. They often drown out the more localized “real people” I interact with, but thanks to the new slider tools, I’m able to handle this a little more effectively.
Now with these new search features, I notice a similar effect happening. Instead of the usual results, I see a lot with familiar faces attached, often the same names I see in my overrun Google+ feed.
While I appreciate the the social integration, I’m worried about the fishbowl effect. If I’m constantly being fed results from within the same circles I cultivated on purpose in my social stream, this lessens my chance of stepping outside of that box.
One of the most interesting is a random search we did on Wrestling Mayhem Show for Diamond Dallas Page’s Yoga for Regular Guys. Even before I could find the official web site, I was greeted with no less than two posts by Chris Brogan.
It’s early in the new settings, and as with everything Google, it will change as they get feedback, but still, some early flags on how I search.
And it’s still fun! Much like my newfound love for Modern Warfar 3 on Xbox has brought some interesting social implications. We continue to do Hangouts during Monday RAW and now WWE Pay per views as of Survivor Series this week. On top of that, everyone had a mustache button! Tremendous.
We’ve seen a few new faces along the way jump in periodically, and some of our chat room participants that haven’t graced the show in video yet.
Once again, I polled some of the WMS Crew after this week’s recording to get their thoughts on what we’ve been doing with it.
Earlier today, I had two blog posts in mind. and they go well with the content of late of this blog. But I was given a little bit of a diversion:
So, why not see what we could get out of this, and learn a little bit more of our compatriote, DJLunchbox of the Wrestling Mayhem Show AKA Will Rutherford of on of my favorite blogs, Thoughtful Riot.
And to Google+
But you will still get those Lion and Google+ posts as well, of course…
Please don’t take it personally.
I mean, it is kind of weird sometimes. Maybe I really do know you. I talk to you all the time. You’re @coolguy89 and we both love wrestling. But when you drop me the friends list, I don’t know who Pumpernickel Smith is…
There are clues. Sometimes I can decipher from the mutual friends lists. I can defer that I know you from Podcamp, or as one of my old classmates from high school. That’s easy enough. But I don’t know where to put you in my list. Or Circle. Or friend Octagon.
(I should patent Friend Octagon)
Here’s something else that’s not helping. I don’t know what your cat looks like. Well. I do now. But I don’t know it’s you’re cat. Because I’m still trying to figure out who you are. Great vista of the Pittsburgh skyline, though. But I don’t think I’ve been to your place on Mt. Washington. Nice kids. But have they been to the tweetup?
So, you know. This is all a great social experiment and building with these tools is fantastic. But sometimes it’s the first impression, or first identification, that matters in simply starting the conversation.
How are you dealing with mystery friends?
Google+ is out there, and everyone is clamouring to get an exclusive invite to the latest Facebook killer.
And it seems so very familiar…
Back in the day, “everyone” was on Myspace. I don’t know how many shows and interviews I setup via Myspace messages as this was some people’s primary point of contact. So much of our little community was there and conversing, and sometimes fighting, and the unmanageable message boards. It seemed unbeatable. Even as everyone complained about the crashes, spam, and malware the site’s open architecture of profile editing spawned.
Then Facebook came along to save us all. It was stripped of the customizability of profiles that made you remember the animated gif crazy of the late ’90′s. It was clean, and all of your smart friends jumped ship while everyone was still left in Myspace wasteland. But then your family started joining. And your class reunion started happening every day, little by little. And all of those Farmville invites. And Facebook seems to makes things different, even just moving a button or how groups look, every other day.
Here we go again with Google+. Another exclusive club where the social elitists that live on Twitter can go and stake their flag of geekiness. We laugh when we enjoy the lack of Farmville or our long lost classmates and marvel at it’s cleanliness.
But it’s coming. One day, if Google+ does prove to be the next best thing, is it going to just be inundated with the same sorts of annoyances that drive us away?
Are we going to be longing for something different when our mom his +Mom as well?
Or has Google finally given us the tools to keep those things seperate that people understand, maybe keeping us from being doomed to repeat ourselves…again…