Sunday, November 22, 2015

Decline of Google Plus trough my eyes.

I'm  kinda tired of social networks, yesterday had deactivated fb account, no particular reason just that I couldn't delete photos in a bulk which made me annoyed, but otherwise all had become over complicated and saturated with stuff I'll never going to need, I'm sure they're in fact there just to make us feel stupid. Nowadays you need to take course just to use social networks.
I'm not sure about G+, I'm mad at myself because I was deceiving myself that I'm not just wasting time and some practical use will somehow appear. But that's BS, even when you imagine best possible scenario it's still a crap, for example, to try to bring anyone who still reads this closer to my point, if I made this plain text post no image included, it would go completely unnoticed and even with the image, it don't stand much better chances for getting attention.

 It would be wrong to say that value of social networks has declined, it simply was never there, not even in extreme cases like when everybody is tweeting some major event, we are wrongly lead to believe how that itself was big event, but looking at the effects produced by, it says otherwise. I mean there were some good stuff like Anonymous or findings of missing persons and educational value, which primarily belongs to (University of) YouTube ;-) and generally and less convincingly some narrow-interest communities but as for linearity, it's just that.
What that means is the concentration of general public attention to fewer channels, general public which with globalization also gets its value greatly diluted. You'd want your followers to be from your proximity and that's where little of value, that fb actually has, lies. Now the fact that fb worth's amounts zillions doesn't mean much to me, IMO it's just like that fiat currency that's represented with, but that's exactly where G+'s devaluation is.

I'm by no means expert in this field and I'm more likely than not to be wrong but I'm going to express my opinion anyways. It's funny because I'm thinking I would know or see situation around social media better if I knew less or if I came yesterday on internet, how else could it be, I'd wander. But there was a great euphoria back when G+ was new  it was much better than fb, somehow clean and you could freely connect with foreign people unlike on fb ...and many other nice things like circleshare, thus I hesitate several months joining those, so naturally you'd expect people will migrate and unpredictable future will bring something nice, but it won't.
In retrospective, almost 4 years since I came to internet, (I came only because of fb, to connect with "real" friends), it wasn't an easy ride. Most of people tend to forget their first steps and I would too if it wasn't for embarrassing memory of me asking software engineer how to create fb account, in my defense, I did not had computer nor access to internet but still wanted the account and as no one could give me straight direction, I went to best. He was my friend so it wasn't like I knock on some doors lol but even he didn't know how explain that simple task to someone completely tech illiterate. So I gave up on creating fb account until I came in possession of laptop and internet connection. The whole memory then becomes vague, I was like George of the jungle but I somehow managed to create account, my tactic was to sign in where ever I saw "sign in". I in fact had G+ account months before I started to use, I didn't know what it is, I thought it was some kind of notepad, I'd open profile page and go like, WTF is this, then I found post section where I was able to randomly type letters pressing keyboard annoyed and that was my first post, of course they suggested me to create blog because "it would be such a waste not to". So I did and still didn't figure G+ is social media until days later I accidentally clicked home page and saw some "what's hot" post.

I remember conundrum meme that was later around about how G+ was created, Google executives like brain storming: "trouble with facebook is that everyone is there, lets create social network where is no one" but I believe G+ was made as convergence of needs for their BlogSpot, YouTube and maybe even Gmail (idk I'm no expert) and only then that their ambition had grown and also with it the pointless investments in G+. That's not how things on internet works, in a spirit of how it was created, you make space, or platform if you will, for people to use and you step back, there's no cultivating while is infant, you interfere less as possible, you cut your expenses also as much as possible and you wait, for ten years if necessary. G+ has and will always have its place, it is not a dead weight like some are proclaiming but you also can't force it upon people. It's clear that it's never rival the fb and for a simple fact that most people, 90% I shall say, of fb users are internet illiterate, they came about just like me and don't know how or don't have time nor interest to venture further into internet depths.
Later, about year and a half into being genuine G pluser, I wanted to act upon "invite your friends and family" policy, G+ has had, so I created account for my father (Djordje Majetic) but then I realized how difficult would be to teach him as he never been on internet and I gave up keeping the account for myself, but later I created him another one just so he could have benefits on YouTube. I show him home page and didn't tell him much other, btw he's born 1955, now it's been around year since, maybe even more, nothing. He didn't touch anything, he watches YouTube vids and reads news paper web page, biggest adventure was to birds loving forum and a gory head chopping web page (don't know how he found that).

      The recent change of Google+'s templates, which can be seen as cutting on the expenses, looks very unplanned, yeah it's that bad, I won't even go into criticizing sure there will be a lot of critiques around but I had stop already posting to my "collections" and I feel very stupid ever making those, on my Djordje Majetic account I had completely delete them and almost had deleted that account as it become more of the frustration, it's connected with this one and already had few warnings for seetrough shirts, nipslip, and one flyaway pubic hair, all that was banned so that families who are not there would be protected. Oh I waned to make good genuine post but I'm just over my head, thank you if you have read this, what else to say, I mean look at this:
Only creator could love that :DD, pun intended lol stay well!!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to Blogger!

    You have made some valid points. G+ can frustrate a lot of people like now with the changes.
    But change can sometimes lead to other things or not. The part about your father was interesting.
    For me, I just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. Stay cool!