Google+ isn’t a social network; it’s The Matrix [theguardian.com]

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly. Because it bears many superficial resemblances to social networks such as Facebook or Twitter – you can \”befriend\” people, you can \”follow\” people without their following you back – we\’ve thought that it is a social network, and judged it on that basis. By which metric, it does pretty poorly – little visible engagement, pretty much no impact on the outside world.

If Google+ were a social network, you\’d have to say that for one with more than 500 million members – that\’s about half the size of Facebook, which is colossal – it\’s having next to no wider impact. You don\’t hear about outrage over hate speech on Google+, or violent videos not getting banned, or men posing as 14-year-old girls in order to befriend real 14-year-old girls. Do people send Google+ links all over the place, in the way that people do from LinkedIn, or Twitter, or Facebook? Not really, no.

There\’s a simple reason for this. Google+ isn\’t a social network. It\’s The Matrix.

via Google+ isn’t a social network; it’s The Matrix | Technology | theguardian.com.

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