G+ First Impressions

July 12, 2011

It’s been a while since the last post but thought would be good idea to capture my first impressions of Google+.

TL;DR – I really like it and it will become my primary social network over time.

The primary reason I use social networks is to keep in touch with friends and for purposes of discovery. My facebook settings are pretty restrictive with No posting on the wall, No tagging of photos etc. So facebook is used mainly for keeping in touch with friends, people I know IRL (in real life), while twitter is primarily a discovery mechanism for new stuff. But my primary information y mode is still GReader.

With Google+ the whole process of discovery and keeping  in touch with friends is simplified. I had roughly 400 contacts which took me about 3 hours to segregate into friends, acquaintances, followers, etc. So now I have 15 circles with an average of 30-40 contacts in each. Ex-Colleagues, Business Contacts, friends and spouses of friends are now segregated and can be managed in a more sensible fashion and I do not have to wade through lots of junk, I can pick and choose which streams/feeds I want to look at, depending on the time and my inclination.

It’s a lot more streamlined and organised and I foresee that just as I migrated away from Orkut to Facebook and Twitter, a similar process will take place as more and more people come onto G+, I will spend less and less time on Twitter and Facebook. Especially they build better integration with GReader.


Russian Literature and Twitter

July 10, 2009

What can a dead Russian writer Gogol teach us about social media? Marina Gorbis on Boing-boing has a brilliant post on how the current frenzy of collecting souls on Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook etc was prefigured in Gogol’s novel Dead Souls more than 150 years ago. Money quote

So every time I see another article or an ad about how to acquire more followers on twitter, friends on Facebook, or otherwise collect more “souls” for money, fame, or reputation, I start thinking about Chichikov. He did come to an ignominous end, finally fleeing town. Makes me wonder.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Hump of Irrelevance

May 16, 2009

Just like the Hype Cycle an interesting view of Trending topics on Twitter

Twitter Trending TopicsHT (Kottke)

Some thoughts on usage of Social Media

May 2, 2009

Have been using social media sites for connecting to people for the last few years. I now have a reasonable good picture of how exactly I am using these and how they are interlinked for me

Linked In – This really was the first social media site that I started using more that 5 years ago. This was before it was called social media. It was primarily a way to connect to x-colleagues, customers and business partners.  Linked is for me still the primary tool for business connections, though now there is some oevrlap with Facebook. But I still try and keep business connections on LinkedIn. So here the connections are mostly people I know in Real Life or have some business connection with.

Facebook – Originally started with Orkut but then quickly moved to Facebook as most of my old school friends were there. Facebook is primarily a Tool for keeping in touch with family and friends. Again 99% connections are people I know in Real Life. This is changing in recent months as am connecting to more people via facebook who are not really friends but more business acquaintances. Orkut is completely dormant.

Twitter – I find this to be more of a random jumble of connections, some interest based, some local contacts, some celebrities or newsbots. It is definitely a convenient platform for micro-blogging and link sharing, in some senses it seems like a more traditional broadcast medium which probably explains why everyone from CNN to DM people love it so much. It gives a quick sound-bite and a call to action which is broadcast far and wide.

The popularity of twitter probably says something that even in the world of social marketing with sophisticated tracking and metrics and personalised campaigns, there is a space for simple broadcast to also thrive.

I think Facebook is trying to redefine itself from a social networking to a broadcast site. This IMHO is a mistake. There is no real need for them to integrate these. There is a place for nuance and deeper connections as well as a need to catch up on general news. They are not mutually exclusive. Having a meaningful conversation on Twitter is impossible. Facebook mediates that in a much better format.

And where does FriendFeed, Flickr or Youtube fit into all of these, I think they are also simple broadcast mediums and should be treated as such. None of them really replace socialising functions.

Facebook Users by Region

April 27, 2009

Interesting facts – Asia has more than 13 million users and they are growing at 76%. Facebook is the second most popular site in Indonesia.