Social overkill?

Posted: July 13, 2011 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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I’m not going to lie: I signed up for a Google+ account last week. Why? Not because I didn’t already have access to similar social media outlets – I’ve long used Facebook and Twitter to both interact and promote. No, I mostly signed up because it was an invitation-only process.

Of course, now I’ve become smitten with certain aspects of it – enough to keep checking in. My email and docs are in the same place as my friend updates. As lazy as it sounds because there is no physical movement necessary, it can get tiresome bouncing back and forth from three different email accounts and three social networking platforms, all of which I use on a regular basis.

That’s one reason that I’ve linked my Twitter and Facebook accounts. It allows me to update two sets of people with a single post. It seems reasonable that Google+ will have similar capabilities once it moves through this initial testing phase.

Regardless, isn’t it time that someone create a sort of blank social networking format, one that allows you to integrate all the sites that you use in one place? I have an app on my Droid that sort of does this, but not every platform is available.

One solution would be to choose one social networking site and stick with it. The problem with that is that not every person I want to reach (friend, family, reader, spam bot) prefers the same platform. However, that leads to another idea – that social networking sites are not nearly as pro-user as they claim.

Think about it: Facebook is a way for you to stay connected with people you love or at least tolerate. But that’s not really their goal. Their goal is to make money. And in that regard, allowing for seamless integration between competing companies is probably not in their best interest. They’ll allow sharing to an extent (linking Facebook to Twitter, for example), but not completely (Facebook reportedly already blocked at least one Google+ plus app that would have helped users switch sites).

So, for now, like so many others things in life (ahem, college conference alignments) the way it is won’t be as good as it could be.

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