Monday, January 30, 2012

google+

The big social media news1 of last year was the launch of Google+, a new social network promising to, like the social networks of yesteryear, connect you with people whose interests diverge completely from your own.2

No, I kid. I love Google+, because it tells me what my friends who are Google employees are up to. Like the motto goes: Google+, the social network by googlers for googlers.

Everyone I know is on Google+, and everyone I know at Google actually uses it.

One great thing about Google+ is its use of the plus character to indicate approval or evangelism of something. This is better than Facebook's Like button, because instead of being forced to say in conversation, "did you see that Bob Liked my latest blog post?", and feeling like a dork because you had to give double emphasis to the word liked or be forced to verbalize that yes, you are talking about a social network like saps, you can say things like, "did you see that Bob plussed oned my latest blog post?", and instead of feeling like a dork you can feel like a complete idiot because you just used the most uncomfortable expression invented in modern times and yes, grammar nazis, I conjugated everything wrong, but I did it on purpose to illustrate how MUCH OF A PAIN THAT IS TO SAY.

Protip: you want people to use your network? Try coming up with expressions that don't make your users look like alien dorks.

Also, plus one this because yes, I am a hypocrite. But at least I get smoochies. Right honey? No hard feelings about that tech news addiction, right?

1. Heaven forbid you, like me, follow tech news around like a mangy dog. If you find yourself turning on your phone the minute the plane touches down to check hacker news instead of paying attention to your fiancée next to you who you could smooch and gross out the lady behind you who spent THE ENTIRE FLIGHT SHUFFLING A DECK OF CARDS, may God have mercy on your soul.
2. "HE GAVE SALLY A ROSE??!!", "GET CHEAP DIAPERS BY LIKING THIS STRANGE SPAMMY ORGANIZATION AND POSTING IT ON UR PROFILE LIKE A HEEL", and "MITT ROMNEY/OBAMA IS MY HOMEBOY" are just a sampling of the messages I am asked to consume on a daily basis.

4 comments:

brittney said...

right.

drfindley said...

We should hold a competition and whoever produces the least hateful saying gets to replace the +1 (HATE) button.

My humble entries:
"I orkutted your post"
"I pinged your album suggestion" (iTunes Ping. Bueller?)
"I totally spaced your blog" (MySpace of course)
"I cybered your picture"
"I put a bird on your sweater" (Portland)
"I floppied your file" (Why is the save icon a Floppy disk?!)
"I policed your blog post" (China)
"I wickeded your photo" (New England and parts of Oz)
"I forget-about-it-ed your check-in" (Pathetic New Jersey social network trying too hard to be cool)
"I lol-cat-ted your photo" (Meme-nerds and cat-ladies)

chris said...

that's hilarious adam. my personal favorite is floppied your file. I'm SO saying that.

chris said...

oh, and thank you britt. you are the best.