9 Jul 2011 - Part 2, additional thoughts after joining and experiencing Google+
As we are witnessing yet another attempt from Google in social networking arena in the form of Google+ numerous people are writing what they think about this new development. Here are my thoughts too!
b. We can't set privacy setting based on Friends List, this would have solved many problems of privacy – as we are seeing now Google+ is using this as main theme
I really hope one person can belong to multiple circles in Google+! The drag and drop feature made me worry about this... Remember, Facebook friends list provides this ability.
Let’s say Person X wants to add Y in his network because X likes Y or might have some small personal/business interests. But person Y is not really interested in having X in his list and clutter it as there are many people like X in his life. But at the same time, Y has no objection if person X keeps him in his own list. Facebook does not have a solution for this.
a) Is other person notified when I add him in my contact list? This is debatable. May be the person who is adding should have an option to do so if he wishes to notify the one being added.
b) Will public and/or my friends be able to see who all is present in my contact list including the one way contact and hiding my own internal categorization? In Facebook others have ability to see my Friends List and I feel it is crazy. Why do others have to know in which list I have kept/categorized someone? Hope Google+ maintains this as private information.
c) However, while looking at our own or someone’s friends list, if you can group them based on common factors that is already public information, it might be handy.
a. Similar to Friends List issue, a group member cannot send message to rest of the group members in Facebook, not even with owner's permission (and not even owner can do this, as I read in some complaints forums)
b. Facebook's newsfeed is cluttered with group postings, and there is no way to disable group feed to flood newsfeed. I hope Google+ has answers to this.
a. Why there is only 'Like' and no 'Dislike'? Unfortunately, Google+ also has only 1+ and no 1- BUT WHY???? It totally beats me.
b. In any case +1 is a better way of expression as it is confusing whether to click 'Like' button or not when someone shares a sad or disturbing piece of information. Even now it is tricky - by putting +1 do I mean I appreciated/thanked the author or appreciated the content. Hmm, stuff to think about, I guess.
c. Let’s say a store or a person has a Fan page in Facebook, if you just want to ask a question, you need to first 'Like' it. What the hell? I don't even know it properly and I have to like it? Matter is worse when we want to share a complaint. I feel 'Like' is a very strong word and I don't like being forced to like something without strong reason.
So, did Google+ thrill me? Or did it at least meet my expectations?