Google+ Is Worse Than A Ghost Town, It’s Not Even Haunted

Stowe Boyd, Weblog, Sept 20, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's funny, but I actually use Google+. There's a lot I like about the system. But it may be that I'm an outlier; according to this article people are deserting G+ in droves. I can certainly say that the number of posts is slowing. Here's Dan Reimopld: "Google+ is dead. At worst, in the coming months, it will literally fade away to nothing or exist as Internet plankton." I think it may be premature to declare G+ dead. A lot of this talk is the result of commercial authors complaining about the site's identity policy. But a lot of it has to do with the lack of a data flow either in or out. So I think Google can revive the site by unrolling new features - a proper API, and inducements for the (so-called) influencers.

Update - I wrote the above this morning. By the time this afternoon rolled around, Google had quietly unveiled a proper Google+ search. Hashtags work. So, for example, here's all the #change11 posts people have written on Google+. Robert Scoble writes "the whole thing just changed." And Stefan Svartling observes, "We can now save our searches as new streams, and that means that we can get news that we really want to read easy."
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