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Why I’m lukewarm about Google+

July 18, 2011

It has nothing to do with features, appearance or privacy.  And I’m certainly not opposed to the type of social networking it entails.  Rather, it’s all about laziness.

@marknca put it quite succinctly on twitter:

while g+ has very compelling features, it's also highlighting the effort required to recreate your social graph on a new service #sm

Effort.

I don’t really want my social networking to feel like effort, and that’s what’s happening right now.  It’s taking time to map twitter handles to real names, and to figure out if I want to share baby pictures of my kids with this person I met at a conference but not this other person.  And as usual, I’m probably over-thinking it.

I’m normally a reasonably early adopter of digital tools, but I’m dragging my feet on this one.  I was happy using Twitter for primarily professional purposes and Facebook for primarily personal uses.  Assuming Google+ doesn’t fizzle like Wave or Buzz I’m sure I’ll get there in the end, but this one make take me a while.

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