Google Plus has allowed me realize the moderate dreams I had of using Path. I credit the redesigned app for this. Do a bunch of random people I vaguely met once comment on my posts? Nope. Is there a strange core group that keeps it an interesting place to take in content and opinions? Yep.
Yet, Google Plus has proved more interesting than Path. I follow many brands and news sites in a Twitter-like fashion. I push a chunk of my posts to the public at large. I can also, however, drill down and only see interesting posts filtered by relation or topic.
Is Google+ a ghost town in comparison to Facebook or Twitter? Yep. Have they managed to continually drive me to interact with people on this site because of the much better signal to noise ratio? Hell yes.
I will admit that this is probably not how Google envisioned G+. They probably thought it was going to go head-to-head with Facebook. It ended up being a strange mix that resembles a media-rich early version of Twitter. The geeks are there. A small cohort of interesting people interact with me there. I like it there.
Some G+ Follow Picks
Here’s a nice group of relatively active, quality Google Plussers to follow. Add them to a circle and enjoy the flowing content.
- Nicki Cooper: Culture, music, TV, Hairpin articles*
- Ahmaud Templeton: Good reads, interesting links
- Doug Gladden: Law, politics, philosophy
- Will Young: Culture, geekdom
- Joey-Elijah Sneddon: Linux, who, geekdom
*A contributor to the very blog you are reading.