Some love social media and some do not get it (so they tell me they hate it and find no use for it). I have a love-hate relationship with some social media. What I recently figured out, that Social Media companies are not really competing against each other, even though they want you to believe that to be true. Each one wants to be the “king of the hill”, but each has a different take or strength over the others. For example, Twitter is about perceptions as in real time, Facebook is about people (it is supposed to be about who you know), Pinterest is generally about images or graphics of items you want, and Google Plus is about passion.
I am not a big fan of Facebook anymore, I was an early adaptor. It use to occupy my time all day and all night. At one point I had about 5,000 “friends”. I kept getting frustrated with Facebook, the more changes they made the more frustrated I became. I deleted everyone where I do not know them personally, I think I am now at 470 friends, that is a big difference. I think of Facebook, metaphorically as a large party, where everyone is talking and no one is listening. For example, Facebook does not limit how many likes you get a day, but your real friends, should show love and comment and like your posts (unless they are just “noise”). I do photography, so I hope that is not considered noise. I use Facebook to help me discover what resonates with others. In the past, I use to add my “check-in’s”, but that is noise, no one cares, that I checked-in at Chevron, to get gas for my car, with my FourSquare app and pushing it to Facebook. With my friends giving me feed back, I can find what is working and what is not, I understand myself well enough, to not cater to the popular, what is trending, or following the pack, I am not cut from that cloth, but it is interesting to see how people respond. Once, I had taken these big Black and White images out at the Poppy Reserve in the Antelope Valley at winter time. I used ultra fish-eye lens. I processed them and thought they were strong images. I posted them on Facebook and in two days, not one “like”. Hum… I guess these images were weaker than I thought. I took them down. I got an message from a friend asking where they went. The story ends with her purchasing five images including one large canvas print. She mounted them on her living room wall.
Google Plus I want to be successful, I am a fanboy for Google. I will contrast Google to Microsoft. I have given thousands of dollars over the years to Microsoft and they give me grieve, with constant defects. I give almost nothing to Google and they seem to get it more right more time than not. I have been using Gmail (google’s free email) since 2004 and I still love it.
Google+ seemed like a party, where you know no one. That frustrated me. Where are all my friends, then the light came on. Google+ is not about my friends it is about my passion. I follow photographers, they follow me and we do not know each other. It is where I can post images on my work, and they may or may not resonate, Google+ is so large and busy, your work, may fall as a victim of the fire hose effect. So many things coming at you, that no one has the time to digest it all. When google+ added circles, I got busy placing everyone that I had in one of more circles. It is like placing them in groups by subjects. For me, I have circles for technology, photography, and people I really know. The circles technology and photography, I really know so few, but is ok. I still get to see great work. My circle called friends, is like Facebook, I know them all personally. The party now has guests that I know and I can talk to.
Google+ offers communities, which are like groups again around subjects of interest, mine are mostly photography related, such as Night Photography, Fine Art Photography, and Surreal Fine Art & Conceptual Portraiture. That is just some of my communities, there are thousands of communities, and others that fit anyone’s interest. Some of these communities are 100,000 members strong, so there are lots of great work to take in, comment, reshare and click the “like” button, it is a + button, get it.
So, is Google+ going to take over or compete against the “likes” of Facebook, I doubt it, but once you figure out how it can work for you, often in much better way than Facebook, you should be an active member, it is free (like most things Google). It seems to be for the mature, like Facebook was more mature over Myspace. Who knows, I am loving Google+ more and more and Facebook less and less. If you have not done so, check it out! Or it been awhile, since you signed up, come back.
I am user +Douglas Wade, yes there is a space, Google+ knows what to do. Also, Google+ has hangouts, (like Skype and Instant message), but I find a much better experience, so if you see me online, start up a hangout!