10.11.11 by Dov
So, I recently signed up for a Facebook account. Yeah, I know, welcome to the 21st century.
I was doing just fine without one, though. In fact, the only reason I did it know is because I was forced to in order to comment on some website.
Once in, though, I figured I’d see what all the fuss is about – after all, 800 million people can’t be wrong, right?
As those of you who regularly read this blog know, I’ve also experimented with Google+, which I actually like – though I’m certainly not a power user by any stretch of the imagination. I use it about as often as Larry and Sergey, though, so I figure I’m in good company.
In any case, now that I’ve at least logged into both, I feel that I’m qualified to compare, and I know you’re all dying to hear the results (by the way, “Facebook vs Google Plus” returns 10.5M hits in Google for those of you who actually want a thoughtful comparison).
I’m going with Google+. Facebook makes my head hurt. Yes – I’d have WAY more friends in Facebook, from what I can tell. For just having logged in, it did a great job of figuring out people I know, etc. And I am going to keep the account, so I can post comments across the web (and links to this blog – maybe that’s how you found this post?). But it seriously makes my head hurt.
When I post, I have no idea who’s getting to see that post. When I edit my profile, I have to idea who’s going to see that I made a change. I tried to look at the privacy settings, but there are literally hundreds (thousands?) of different checkboxes to be set, along with videos explaining what does what. I’m sorry – but if I need to watch a video to figure out how to keep total strangers from seeing my birthday, it’s too complicated. And yes, I know you can’t actually see my birthday – but you get the idea. And as a result, I’m not going to post anything except the continued links to this blog (which are created automagically). And I’m not even sure if anyone can see those.
So, Facebook continues to grow, while Google+ is struggles. You can sort of tell where this is headed (i.e. Google giving up), and, apparently, I’m the only one who will miss it.
5.26.11 by Dov
So, now Google will know everything we buy offline, too? Perhaps we crossed the line of giving up all of our privacy a long time ago and I just didn’t notice, but this is starting to creep me out a bit.