Stef (firecat) wrote,
Stef
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At last, with Google+, everyone on the Internet will know you're a dog again.

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-yo-momma-wont-use-google-and-why-that-thrills-me-to-no-end-2011-7

This guy thinks I won't use Google+ because I'm old enough to be someone's mom, and therefore I'm an "average user" who is "locked into Facebook," as opposed to a member of the club of "geeks, insiders, social media stars, journalists, and other people" or "people who have strong social graphs". He's glad about this because "we geeks and early adopters and social media gurus need a place to talk free of folks who think Justin Bieber is the second coming of Christ." (Huh...I haven't seen a single conversation about Justin Bieber among my friends.)

He thinks that having to use *asterisks* to tag text as bold is "mighty geeky" and so it will keep "normal people" out, the people who "want the system just to bring them fun stuff without doing any work." Because "Normal/average users? They just want to watch TV and drink beer." Which means "Google+ is for the passionate users of tech" and "if you want to really be able to choose who you listen to, then Google+ is much better" than Facebook.

He's also excited about the “'Hangout' videochat feature" because "You can have 10 people call into a room and it lets you all talk to each other." Oooh! People have never been able to do that before! And now we can do it with video. That makes it easy to weed out of our social circles the ugly and different people and the stray "woman old enough to be a mom" who managed to sneak her way in.

Personally, I'm not rushing to join it primarily because Google already has a ton of demographic data on me and I'd rather not give it even more.

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