Google+ is integrated into my Google account and my web experience since Google is my search engine of choice. So why don’t I use Google+?
I like to consider myself an early adopter and I did have a Google+ profile as soon as I was able to. But Google+ does not feel comfortable to me like Facebook or Twitter do. I know, this is a lame reason since just using it more would increase my comfort level. But the following reasons pushed me away and keep me from coming back.
2. No Friends
Google+ has so many users and yet no one seems to be using it? That’s because anyone with a Gmail account automatically has a Google+ account as well. So while my friends have profiles none of them are using it. The point of social media sites is to be social. You don’t go out on Saturdays to the empty dance club, who will you dance with? You go to the popular club with the line out the door, so you wait outside all night and never dance anyway, but this is what people do. We want to be with other people. My friends are on Facebook and Twitter, so that’s where I’m at too.
3. Feels Spammy
The people who are using Google+ seem to only use it to share resources and websites. Rarely do I see anyone sharing anything personal. Even though Twitter is heavy with link sharing the same users also seem to share opinions on football games and other snippets of their personal lives. This opens us up for interaction and conversation, the best part of social media.
4. Boring Layout
50 Shades of Grey is a popular book, not a popular look. This is kind of petty but the way something looks and feels IS factored into peoples decisions. I’m surprised that a company who uses multiple colors just to spell their name and puts up a new logo everyday would have such a plain and boring layout.
5. Facebook and Twitter Keep Me Content
This is perhaps the strongest reason that I don’t use Google+. I don’t feel the need to. Facebook and Twitter are currently satisfying my needs. If they weren’t I’d be more likely to ignore the other reasons and give Google+ a solid go.
Do you use Google+? Why? Share with us in the comments.