10 Reasons Why I Hate Google Plus

10 Reasons Why I Hate Google Plus

On 12/12/12 I updated my thoughts on Google+ and now offer 10 reasons why iLove Google+.

I hate Google Plus.

Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but since it’s introduction only a few weeks ago Google Plus has become the #1 hit on the Top 40. Truth be told – I do have a Google Plus account and am enjoying learning more about this new social media channel. My frustration, however, stems more from people’s reaction to Google Plus and not necessarily a reaction to the tool per se.

With all that being said I’d like to share 10 Reasons why I hate Google Plus:

1. O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D

Can you spell Overrated? I just did. While I’m excited about the possibilities of Google Plus I have to admit that the early predictions surrounding Google Plus as being a Twitter and/or Facebook killer are a bit premature.

2. Copycat

While I do like the new Google Plus interface, I can’t determine any new features compared to other social media channels. Google might have a cleaner interface, and arguably better interpretation of features, but fundamentally Google Plus hasn’t added anything new to my social media experience.

3. Where’s The Business Love?

Google Plus currently only supports personal profiles and haven’t launched Business Profiles yet.   This raises two questions for me: 1. How will business profiles differ from personal profiles? and 2. How will the introduction of business profiles change the dynamic that currently exists on Google Plus with only individuals participating? Only time will tell.

4. Interface Size/Spacing

While I do like the visual aesthetic of the G+ interface I’m not liking all the white space which doesn’t allow me to view as much information as compared to the Facebook interface. I dislike that I can only see a few posts on Google Plus when in the same space I can much more on Facebook or Twitter.

5. Facebook Killer, really?

I’m not aware of Google referring to G+ as a Facebook killer but now that Facebook has 750 million users I hardly believe that G+ will “kill” Facebook.

6. Remember Google Wave

I admit that I was consumed in the buzz surrounding the launch of Google Wave. Google positioned Wave as the evolution of email – well that didn’t quite happen. I actually thought that Wave could have been a useful tool but Google eventually gave up on Wave and released the code as open source.

7. Show Me The Money

Make no mistake about it – Google is all about making money. I have absolutely no problem with that and admire them for how good they are but you need to recognize that Google Plus is not monetized yet. Where are they going to put the ads? How, if any, will the G+ experience change. Again, only time will tell…

8. Limited Audience

This isn’t really Google’s problem but it is a fact. I’ve heard it reported that G+ now has around 10 million users but compare that to 750 million for Facebook and 200 million on Twitter I would argue that Google Plus has a long way to go.

9. Google’s Social Media Track Record

Google’ social media track record has not been great. Who remembers Orkut? I certainly don’t. Although Google is the 1000 pound gorilla in terms of Internet companies they haven’t been able to throw their weight around with regard to social media. Similar to mutual funds, past performance doesn’t indicate future returns, either positive or negative, but it will cause me to withhold judgement on Google Pluses impact on social media.

10. Your Turn

What do you think? Are you ready to anoint Google Plus as a Facebook “Killer” or are you withholding judgment until a later date?

Let me know by posting your initial thoughts in the comments section below. I would love to get your feedback!

 

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  • leemon035

    I actually like Google+ so far and it’s still in the field testing stage so it’s not fair to compare it to facebook now. That fact addresses pretty much all of the issues you have with it. It’s a work in progress. Right now though G+ has the advantage of the best aspects of social networking like the chat app, video chatting, and sparks, which reminds me of stumbleupon but more focused. I love the way I can order my friends into circles and seek out people to add. It’s too early to call G+ a facebook killer but it’s off to a good start if it will and it has one quality that facebook doesn’t. It’s brand new.

  • bkolani

    I’m a fan. I could have written a 10 reasons that I love Google+. In fact, now I think I will.

    I’m a huge fan of circles and the way they let me selectively post to either public or private groups, and it’s nice to have a little more than 140 characters to play with. The ownership of information is a big one to me, too — Google is making it clear that you own all the stuff you post (and the Data Liberation Front inside Google is making sure that you can take your content out), whereas Facebook says absolutely the opposite.

    This is still a very easy to get in to public beta, but Google is going to nail it. This isn’t another Google experiment with social media — you’re right that the trail of Orkut, Wave, Buzz leaves a lot to be desired — but this is the evolution of Google. This WILL be what Google is to us in the near future.

  • schneiderb

    @leemon035 Thanks for your comment. You make some great points and ultimately I admit that my frustration is not with Google+ at this point but with all the hype being generated about it.

  • schneiderb

    @bkolani Basil – thank you so much for your comment and joining the conversation. Ultimately, my frustration is with all the hype surrounding G+ and not necessarily with the tool itself. At the very least I’m going to reserve judgment until a later date and hope that Google does get it right.

    Thanks,

    Brendan

  • iCalvin

    I like your list. I’d like to say that I don’t like the idea of people that I don’t know have the ability to follow me! I think that should be left on Twitter. That’s one of the things I love about Facebook…absolutely no one is following me around that I don’t know or know about.

  • schneiderb

    @iCalvin Thanks for commenting! You bring up a great point and one that I haven’t thought about…

    Thanks,

    Brendan

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  • jonkenator

    @iCalvin Simple solution: only share things with people that are in your circles. In doing so, nothing is shared with people that you don’t specifically select.

  • schneiderb

    @jonkenator Great point and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • desertrose0601

    You know, I really really wanted to like G+ but so far it hasn’t lived up to my expectations. For one thing, what’s with all the fragmentation? There’s the Posts page, the +1 page, the Buzz page, the Photo page… Nothing seems to flow nicely into the Public stream except what you explicitly share on the Share page. When I’m trying to follow 50+ people, it’s not at all conducive to have to physically go to each person’s page and click through all their tabs to see what they’re sharing.

  • schneiderb

    @desertrose0601 Great points that I actually hadn’t considered but agree with. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/stanleyyuan SeekingBeta

    Mr. Schneider,

    Monetization is really not a problem for a company like Google that has accumulated such a large user base.

    Remember ads is by no means the only way with which they can monetize a product like G+. For example, the sheer amount of user data and behavior Google can collect on a platform like G+ can help them improve their search results which is where the $ is really flowing. They could also horizontally integrate G+ with other products such as Gmail to help them further understand each user’s online behavior which will certainly help with target marketing efforts.

    The same logic can be said about Andriod’s monetization strategy. It’s all about Google understand you as an individual better which will in turn help drive revenue highers in their core products.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/stanleyyuan SeekingBeta

    Mr. Schneider,

    Monetization is really not a problem for a company like Google that has accumulated such a large user base.

    Remember ads is by no means the only way with which they can monetize a product like G+. For example, the sheer amount of user behavior and data Google can collect on a platform like G+ can help them improve their search results which is where the $ is really flowing. They could also horizontally integrate G+ with other products such as Gmail to help them further understand each user’s online behavior which will certainly help with target marketing efforts.

    The same logic can be said about Andriod’s monetization strategy. It’s all about Google understand you as an individual better which will in turn help drive revenues higher in their core products.

    Stanley

  • AnaMiriamColoma

    I think it’s still a bit premature to start making comparisons, let’s see what G+ has in store for us

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/stanleyyuan SeekingBeta

    Monetization is really not a problem for a company like Google that has accumulated such a large user base.

    Remember ads is by no means the only way with which they can monetize a product like G+. For example, the sheer amount of user behavior data Google can collect on a platform like G+ can help them improve their search results which is where the $ is really flowing. They could also horizontally integrate G+ with other products such as Gmail to help them further understand each user’s online behavior which will certainly help with target marketing efforts.The same logic can be said about Andriod’s monetization strategy.

    It’s all about Google understand you as an individual better which will in turn help drive revenues higher in their core products.

  • DannonL

    I wish that Google+ would keep up the momentum. I like the system, I don’t like the lack of users. Facebook was able to easily change a few settings (lists and selective sharing) and suddenly there wasn’t the same pull to Google+.

  • schneiderb

    @DannonL Thanks for your thoughts and insight! I agree that we will just have to wait to see if the momentum will continue for G+.

  • TobyMikle

    google plus seems dysfunctional, I mean, for example,  if I search for youtube I get a google plus youtube page and its not youtube directly, it seems to be getting in the way of fluid searching and integration with the web and kind of reminds me of flash pages that you have to ‘get through’ to get to the real stuff. I love google, i hate google plus.

  • against social networks

    I believe that google just wants to collect as much information as possible from users. For business and maybe for other reasons? Personally I will NEVER subscribe to any social network EVER!

  • Kirby Clendenon

    I miss the ability to have weather apps, wikipedia apps, and hundreds of choices of other apps like I get now on iGoogle. Google+ looks like a big white elephant if they can’t incorporate some of iGoogle’s old features within.

    • http://www.schneiderb.com Brendan Schneider

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Kirby! You bring up some great points and we can only hope for a similar functionality in G+ in the near future!

  • VladimirByazrov

    google+ has to die. even myspace never was as shitty as this junk. google is now being hated like never before. bad strategy.

  • Celeste

    I hate Google+ and I’m not buying your new article on why its so great. It’s just fantastic that they want all of my friends and family to be able to search for me and my blogs. I have FB for that, blogging is my outlet and Google’s making it a giant pain to keep my name and blog separate. I have my first name on blogger and that’s all people need to know.

    Yes, I know you can still keep your common name off your blog, but not if you want to enjoy handy widgets etc.

    You can’t force users into making you the next facebook.

    • http://www.schneiderb.com Brendan Schneider

      Hi @disqus_Rh8Bz57rKS:disqus – thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and dislike of Google+. While I understand your frustration please know that Google is using Google+ as the binder/integrator of all of their services and the connections will only increase as time goes on.

      My suggestion is to look for another platform to blog. I use and like the self-hosted version of WordPress but the hosted version, located at WordPress.com, is also very good.

      Good luck and thanks for reading!

  • jdittelberger

    I hate google+. IMO at it’s worst it’s annoying, at it’s best it’s pointless. I really hate having random people add me to their circles and then I have to go block them so I’m not harassed by constant notices. This is made extra annoying because since I’m not active on google+ I don’t know how to use it’s features, so I have to search how to block/ignore people everytime this happens. It really is just a waste of my time! I love gmail, igoogle, and lots of other google stuf. I wish I could keep what I like and not be forced into google+! As for youtube it’s so frustrating! I have a personal youtube and a business youtube. I had to set up a different email to keep the two separate and google is constantly bugging me to put my personal name as my business youtube channel. WHY!!??!?!? I wish google+ would die!

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.king Peter Beilby-King

    I HATE GOOGLE+ for what it’s doing (and after two weeks of trying everything, STILL doing). My main complaint is that even when not using the service, this piece of crap is still eating 25% of my battery. I have reported it, cancelled all choices, tried to uninstall it (which of course you can’t coz it’s a “system program”, rolled back the updates (it then updates itself, and you can’t stop that either, signed out of the service, EVERYTHING. Google are making a lot of enemies, so much so that I’m even thinking of dumping my phone and trying another system other than Android… Very VERY pissed off :(

    • Nirmal

      I am also having same problem as you did.. you put my problem very nicely..
      I hate this shit..

  • Mark

    Now you have to join Google Plus to leave feedback on Google Play. I hate it more every day.

  • google+hater

    I hate Google+ because it’s the Walmart of the Internet, trying to lump everything together under one umbrella. Even leaving this comment, G+ is trying to get me to sign in under their banner. I can’t change my name on youtube without linking to google+ (youtube has issues too–won’t let me change my priamary email.) It’s a bunch of crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vanuatu.holiday.travel John Nicholls

    Started with G+ as a tester and thought it would bring in a new order, but all it has done so far is destroy the best image library system on the planet: Picasa

    The circles belong to cretin space; as for being social, it may be in it’s embryonic stage of development (…yeah sure, the G-geeks are still tinkering with a mega launch two years later). G+ has nothing to offer that is mildly inspiring.

    Please give Picasa back to us and go play with G+ somewhere else.

  • Sorchiazzo

    Yes it is true.
    Google+ is a piece of shit , full of horrible functions, and worse than ever, lacking all the basics of privacy. Once you get in, it will be a long journey to deactivate your account. Google+ is going to be an epic fail in a few months….

    • djydjtctucgucgjnb

      You’re completely wrong; in fact Google Plus is far more private than Facebook in every way.

  • RationalLiberal

    My AdSense account (that I use to run ads on my business web site) is saying I should set up a Google+ page, but there’s no way to set up a business page on Google+!!!!!! It just asks for my name, not my company name or anything about my company!!!! It’s like they treat us all just as consumers of their services, rather than realizing that some of us run businesses too and need to keep our personal lives online separate from our business lives online. Does anyone know how to set up a stricly business Google+ page?

    • Craig Burton

      Hi there, you have to sign in as a personal user first. Then create a business page from there (where you are the manager of your page). It has taken me six months to slowly understand how amazing G+ is both as a social media platform and as a place for doing business. BUT, it is different from Facebook or any other platform you’re used to. Using this for business is about engagement not pitching. You don’t try to sell things here. You build relationships and trust. The more you learn how you can use it for benefiting your business, the more effective you’ll become on here. The signs are that this will be the number 1 social media platform in the next two years.

  • bw

    I hate Google it needs a face lift and stop trackimg…..BEWARE of the GOOGLE WALLET…….. doesnt honor or back the customers with vendors.

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  • I_warned_ya

    Google has finally showed its true colors by its forcing of G+ on YT users for the lame excuse of “cleaning up” the YT comments. What an insulting lie. The proof of this is how bad the comments are now, with more powers than ever for trolls to exploit.
    Meanwhile, with it’s false, bigger G+ numbers, Google is marketing G+ as if anyone likes it other than Google shills.
    Google can go screw itself.

  • Virginia Lamkin

    I have found that most people on Google+ are just trying to sale something. I have encountered more spammers, porn and trolls etc. than on Facebook or Twitter. I highly recommend parents keep their children away from Google+.

  • ChocKsic .

    I hate Google +. The only reason I have an account is because of YouTube. I wish I could just log into YouTube separately. I hate being forced to use Google+ just so I can use YouTube. It takes the “Social” out of “Social Networking”. On my Google+ home page I have “I hate Google+” as my title. I hate it so much! >:(

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