Replacing Facebook

Facebook does so many things wrong. More importantly, I don’t trust them and neither should you. They do not deliver your updates to the people you think they do. They decide who sees your posts, not you. They do not trust you, and therefore you should not trust them. I could go on, but let’s just start with that. Or you can just trust me. I’ve been around this internet stuff since before the World Wide Web was an experiment. I’ve seen a lot of this kind of stuff before and I’m here to tell you Google+ is much better than Facebook for a lot of reasons. You should go ahead and make the change now. You will be glad you did.

Google+ is open to everyone. You no longer need an invite to join. And you should join, if you haven’t already.

When I started with Google+ it was a little slow at first. For one thing very few of my Facebook friends were on Google+. And that’s still true. But my Facebook friends collection has gotten unwieldy. And there are a lot of interesting people to follow on Google+ with lists of them for those just starting out. After adding a few of those people to my “Following” circle I found a whole world of conversations happening between thoughtful and intelligent contributors. It was like being invited to a dinner party of fascinating people with the chance to get to know them.

Google+ allows me to organize the people I interact with into groups called circles. Yes I know Facebook just introduced Lists, but again it’s unwieldy, they did it to try to be like Google+, and it’s not the same thing. Some of what Facebook is doing these days to try to be more like Google+ is not only ineffective and confusing, it’s creepy.

Just getting started on Google+?

  • Take the tour. It’s quick and you’ll know your way around. Or at least check out circles. It’s how you organize your friends and information. I have a circle for audio people. I have a circle for tech people. And I have a circle for noisy people I hardly every look at but I want to check in with every once in a while.
  • Here is Chris Brogan’s advice. A lot of people on the interweb follow him if you don’t know who he is.
  • Here is a directory of influential people to follow. No, I don’t know why they are influential, but I look at this like the NYTimes best seller list. If a bunch of other people notice this person or that stuff then there might be something interesting there.
  • Here is a list of 35 people to follow according to Cooper Smith at the Huffinton Post. I don’t read the Huffington Post, but there are some interesting people listed here.
  • Google+ makes it easy to search Google+ for people interested in the same things as you. Want to find people in Houston interesting in knitting? Go to Google+ and search it for “houston knitting”. Click on “People”. When I checked there were about a dozen. So, okay a lot of them don’t live in Houston anymore but they used to, and you get the idea.

Just like Facebook, just like any social network, Google+ can be a huge time suck. It’s up to you not to let that happen. But if you are spending any time on Facebook you should start to move that over to Google+. You will be rewarded in the end.

What, you are just starting to figure out Facebook? All of your friends are there? Are you still on MySpace too? Help your friends move to Google+. Besides, there are games on Google+ too and those games don’t bother your friends every time you feed your goat.