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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.

This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/728174.html, where there are comments.


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Jul. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
But you had to TYPE. That's too much WOOOORK.
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Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)
wood burning modem
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Jul. 1st, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yay for your father!

According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1965, so he isn't young. He has NO excuse to be that way.
Jul. 1st, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)

Heck, skydancer was born in 1960. Obviously he's only ever worked on staid business systems.
Jul. 1st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I will just say that I often disagree with Scoble. (And would in this case even if the topic didn't involve my employer.)
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Jul. 1st, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
I hadn't encountered him before. But he seems like someone I would tend to disagree with.
Jul. 1st, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I remember reading this article about "digital natives" vs. "digital immigrants" and it was a pretty good description of how people who've grown up with computers differ in their mental schemas in terms of using them than people who didn't. But the one big problem I had with it is that it based whether you were a digital immigrant or native based on age. According to that article (which I don't have a link to, alas), I'd be a "digital immigrant." Just because of my age; whoever wrote the article didn't do the obvious thing, which is to base it on actual experience.

The idea of me being a "digital immigrant" is absurd. I'm a web programmer by profession! I help make the internet!
Jul. 1st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
I guess some people assimilate better than others. :P
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
that man is an arse.

Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
There's a bunch of men who seem to have taken it as their personal mission to slag G+ for women. I don't get it.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Once a social network gets girl cooties, it'll be nothing but FarmVille and knitting and cats. Clearly.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
my mom who is NOT TECHY at all has figured out the basics. and my friend from college who likes shiny, but also not techy, she's having fun with it...


also saw an article how it was less than 10% women and that was horrible. which, well, i looked at my circles... i think there are more women than men.

google is my bread and butter and healthcare (my partner works there) so i am a bit biased and it's the only reason i'm such and early adopter, but it's not as "geeky" or offputting to the average user as this man suggests.
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