Why I don’t like Google plus

Posted on May 17, 2012


why I don't like google plus
I started out to write a blog post about “How to Use Google +” but I got sidetracked. As a person who loves technology and who wants to stay current with the latest trends, I dutifully signed up for Google + when it was still in its beta stage. I then promptly forgot about it.

What is Google +? To put it simply, it’s Google Social Network product. Okay, I get that.

Here’s why I don’t like Google +:

1. I try to sign into my Google + account and I can’t figure out where to do that.

Is it under Google Mail? Google.com? After googling, “how to sign into Google + account,” I finally figure out it’s under https://accounts.google.com/Login and NOT under google mail.

I see Google + listed on the far left side, but when I click on that I’m brought to my Google + Settings page. This is not really helpful.

2. Where are my Circles?

Circles, like the name implies, are how you categorize your Google contacts, e.g. friends, coworkers, family etc. They are like Facebook friend lists. It turns out these Circles are listed as Tabs across the top of my Google + account. Not really intuitive if you ask me. Tabs are not circles.

3. What’s this about Sparks?

When I hear this term, I think of my favorite health and fitness website, Sparkpeople.com. In Google terms, it is content that is brought to you based on your interests. Yet, it’s not listed anywhere on the site.

Once again I do a trusty Google search and discover that Sparks only appears AFTER you’ve done a Google search while logged into your Google + account. You see the Sparks option in the pull down menu. Once again, not really obvious to me.

4. It’s just another way to waste time online.

I’m as guilty as the next person in checking Facebook, checking online forums etc. For me, it’s for the latest fitness news or exercise dvds. Well, it’s really more of a procrastination tool, since the fitness world doesn’t really have much breaking news.

As far as I can tell, you can’t link your Google + account to your other social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. So it’s just one more online place to peruse and take up time.

You can chat or hang out with friends. Chat, to me, is the most annoying thing about the Internet after pop-up ads. The Hang Out function is interesting because you can do this via web cam. I don’t think so. Many times I am sitting at my computer in my exercise clothes, after an intense workout session. I don’t want anyone to see me. This is one reason that I workout at home and not at the gym.

If this post has confused you because you’re not familiar with Google +, you aren’t missing anything.

What about you? Have you tried Google +? Do you like it?

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