Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2011 00:11 UTC
Microsoft OSNews writing about social networks? Yes, it happens, and today is one of those days. We all know Facebook is king here, with a massive userbase and a seemingly unbreakable hold over the market, with Twitter covering the more public side of social networking. Google does some stuff in a fringe somewhere with something called Google+ which tries to combine Facebook and Twitter, but it's effectively a ghost town with a confusing interface. So, if you're Microsoft, what are you going to do? Well, build your own social network, of course!
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RE[2]: Thom, your error
by allanregistos on Fri 18th Nov 2011 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Thom, your error"
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Alan, all I see is self deluding ways of adding filler to a G+ account, so that the glaring lack of people you really do care about on G+ isn't so noticeable. Following people who do stuff that interest you, isn't building up meaningful circles with your friends.

Isn't meaningful is just your subjective interpretation of how Social Network will function. Friends are located on Facebook, sure, because it has the momentum, you can't mass migrate people from Facebook, because most of our family and friends are there and in that respect, Facebook is the current leader.

I won't deny that using G+ as a way to get more direct insight in what strangers do in your field of interest can be interesting. That said, it is not the primary function of a social network.

Trying to say "not a primary function" again is your preference, and not for everyone. If we let wikipedia define us of what is social networking:

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes", which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as *friendship*, *kinship*, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige

You see, friendship and kinship are not the primary functions of a Social Network, so Thom's description of G+ as a ghost town is a blunder.
It is you who only said that *friends* is the primary function of a social network which is false.

So yeah, in terms of people one has met in meat space, G+ is a ghost town. At least the neighborhood where I haunt G+ is. That might be a Dutch phenomenon though. I'm up North in The Netherlands.

I agree, at least in your experience, given with the factors(which you did not address)I posted above, but to say G+ is generally a ghost town is totally wrong.

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