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Plus is a minus for me [Aug. 4th, 2011|11:43 am]
Zoethe
I joined Google+, and my worst concerns came true: my ability to juggle social networks has completely crashed. I've abandoned Twitter, I can't keep up here, and my Facebook and LJ flist reading has turned into a kind of frantic skimming.

I understand that writers and such need to have a presence on all these social media for professional reasons. But I don't. And I'm finding that the more I try to do everything, the less of anything I accomplish.

So I have to choose. I'm really only good for two social networks, and my family are on Facebook, so it's Facebook for the brief updates. And I am sticking with Live Journal all the way to the bottom, because even though Google+ allows for longer posts, it's not designed to be archival the way a blog is. (Yes, I recognize the irony that I'm posting this through Dreamwidth, but considering I haven't gotten a single comment on Dreamwidth for my posts, I genuinely do consider it just an archival tool.)

This has been an interesting social exercise, and it's confirmed what I already suspected about myself. I'm not deleting my G+ account yet, but it will drift away.

So you kids get off of my lawn before I come after you with my buggy whip.

Crossposting from Dreamwidth now. Sigh. If LJ won't let you comment, you can comment here: http://zoethe.dreamwidth.org/780624.html?mode=reply:
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-08-04 03:48 pm (UTC)
Rome Girl signed up for Google + and quickly got bored of it.

I won't sign up for it for the same reasons I won't sign up for Gmail - I really, really don't trust Google with my information at all.

On Facebook I can trick the system that wants to monitor me by listing all sorts of fake interests and shit, but on Gmail they'd have my actual emails to see what I really talk about and I can only assume Google + would just make this worse.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's just not doing it for me, but I do love gmail.
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[User Picture]From: stripedsocks
2011-08-04 04:11 pm (UTC)
I went the other way and dropped Facebook because something had to go. Lots of reasons, but no reason to bore you with them. My family is on FB too, so I go there once in a while when I have time and am bored, but I'm not spending the majority of my time there anymore.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 05:14 pm (UTC)
We have definitely reached saturation.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
i'm on + but i just don't get the draw/purpose of it.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
but we all know i'm missing a gene, right? LOL
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 06:57 pm (UTC)
I just can't do it all.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
none of us can, truth be told. and neither should we be expected to, imho. after i read your post here, i went over to + to poke around and ended up spending 15 minutes trying to straighten my circles out. there are better things i could be doing. like cooking. or cleaning. or reading. :/
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2011-08-04 05:16 pm (UTC)
Less is more.
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[User Picture]From: khiron1416
2011-08-04 05:21 pm (UTC)
Ha! Should go old school and start a message board. which still remains my favorite format for such things..
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
i say we go real old school and bring back the dial-up bbs LOL
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2011-08-04 06:47 pm (UTC)
Same here. I have a G+ account but am not even LOOKING at it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yup.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-08-04 07:30 pm (UTC)
I barely even go to Facebook anymore, I find it very unsatisfying. I like my connections to have some meat on their bones and I can only handle but so many pithy posts about nothing. I think for some folks (present company excepted), it's a cop out: "I can feel like I'm really communicating with people but I'm just making noise".

So I'm still here, although I have a dreamwidth account hanging out just in case I need to jump ship. I also have a twitter but I used my personal twitter for following comics and filmmakers and such and my professional Twitter for reading and posting information on my academic and professional interests.

Google+? I haven't signed up and I don't think I will for at least another year (if ever). My trust in Google is waning and I want to see what shakes out with this before I commit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely still here. Facebook lets me check in with my loved ones -- the ones I don't want here! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2011-08-04 08:06 pm (UTC)
Research has shown that the more choices our brains have, the less they (we) are able to make a decision/choice.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-04 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2011-08-05 01:40 am (UTC)
I think I'll be a late adopter to Google+ after there are more people set up there. I can't even keep up with Facebook so really it's just LJ for me :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-05 02:55 am (UTC)
If it weren't for my kids and family, Facebook wouldn't even hold me.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2011-08-05 04:17 am (UTC)
Yep...same story here. My parents and overseas relatives are on FB so I keep an acct going there too.
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