I was in two minds about posting today. However, a story about Google+ caught my attention.
I have no doubt that Google+ will accelerate Facebook's decline, something that I have written about before. However, Google+ along with other new variants simply makes me feel more out apped than ever.
App, such a friendly little term, a shortening of the old term application. Yet now apps have come to consume the world.
I don't know about you, but my world is littered with old apps that seemed like a good idea at the time. I find them again whenever I do a web search on my own name. There they are, still in existence on the web even though it is years since I last looked. They send me plaintive messages from time to time. Jim, we have missed you! Don't be a stranger!
Even with apps I do remember, I very rarely use them. GoogleDocs, for example, or Plaxo. I joined the first in 2007, the second earlier than that, but have rarely been back. Plaxo was a good way of keeping contacts up to date, but this ended some time ago.
I really need to go through and do some pruning. With apps that I keep, I really need to work out how best to use them, to maintain their currency. Otherwise, they just become more dead wood.
My problem is, however, that this adds just another load. Ah well!
I see that Google+ has seized 10 million+ users in two weeks. Sounds good, I know, yet there is a long way before this translates into real strength. You see, before I would switch I would need a reason, and being new is not enough.