At this point I have only had access to Google+ for a day but I wanted to write down a few thoughts not necessarily to do with the service more to do with how I use social networks.
First off I love google+ I get the same feeling using it that I did using Facebook for the first time. It’s simple straight forward and just works. I can definitely see me using it in the future if it weren’t for one thing, Twitter.
These days I barely use Facebook, I really don’t like it. So why do i use it?? The issue is that Facebook is jam packed full of people that I know that don’t use Twitter, namely family and people who don’t recognise how awesome Twitter is. The way I have come to use Facebook is to share thoughts and content that I think both my Twitter followers and Facebook friends may be interested in. Twitter is my mainstay, I love it and have many real life friends on there. So the way I operate is I throw everything at Twitter both directly and through 3rd party services. Those 3rd party services also update Facebook and then I occasionally throw scraps of the direct content at Facebook as well.
This basically means I use Facebook as a secondary, in fact for the most part I don’t even log on to Facebook itself. I only ever go on if somebody has sent me a message relating to a piece of content I have pushed there via Twitter, four square, posterous, my blog or similar. As little as I use it I’m loathe to get rid of it as I do occasionally strike up an interesting conflab with an old friend I don’t stay in regular contact with. What the hell has this got to do with Google+ you may be thinking, well I will tell you.
I can’t see me leaving Twitter anytime soon, so deeply does my love for it run. I think Google+ has a lot of potential, so much so that I don’t want to treat it like a skanky ho in the way I treat Facebook, I think it’s to good for that. The problem is when using two social networks one is likely to be treat in this way. No matter how hard you try one will be dominant over the other. I can’t see anyway that Twitter will be deposed by G+ as Twitter remains so basic, so simple and easily accessible.
So to sum up I want to use G+ effectively, I want to utilise it well but the thing I foresee happening is that I will ditch Facebook and G+ will take its place which is exactly what I want to avoid happening. It’s still early days and I’m sure G+ has even more potential than I have seen in the short period I have been using it but so far my feelings are that I would quit Facebook in a heartbeat for it. However it’ll take something major to make me a Twitter Quitter.