I’ve been using Google+ for almost as long as it’s been available. It has a lot going for it: excellent apps for the iOS platform, a gorgeous browser interface and interaction with other users that is missing from almost every other social media platform I’ve used.
There are some fantastic interest groups / forums and a very varied user base. The recent update, coinciding with Google I/O was just lovely.
But…there’s always a but.
Every system on the planet seems to interface with both Facebook and Tumblr at some level.
But Google+ sits on some kind of deserted island. If I want to ensure I cross-share a photo, this is a piece of cake on the aforementioned apps. Google+ requires an additional posting.
One could argue I’m using far too many of these social media platforms, that I should just pick one and stick with it and basically get back in my box.
One could indeed.
However, Google+ has amazing potential that I think may be hampered by its lack of connectivity. I don’t think Google’s strategy on this front is gaining them additional users. But thats just anecdotal, based on the very, very few G+ users I know personally.
Why can’t I post something on this WordPress blog and have a link and summary automatically posted to my Google+ stream automatically? Why can’t I ensure my Twitter stream of Wildean banter is shared with G-plussers too?
So right now, my online shenanigans (using this word far too much lately…) breaks down as follows:
Friends and family, social nonsense: Facebook (e.g. “look at this photo of me with my parents”)
Angry, one-liner rants: Twitter, possibly Facebook depending on the content (e.g. “I can’t believe Ireland got no points in the Eurovision”)
Longer rants, focusing on the geekier aspects of life: WordPress, automatically shared with Tumblr (e.g. this very post)
Pictures (mostly of my meals, admittedly): Instagram, automatically shared on Facebook and Tumblr (e.g. “Marvel at how much I ate this evening. And here’s a funky filter to make this burger look arty”)
Anything not for public consumption: Path (where I have very, very few connections, all close friends) (e.g. “Do you know who’s really pissed me off today?”)
Collation of Instagram, some Foursquare and all WordPress posts: Tumblr
Complex, no? Not really – it’s all set up via IFTTT. With some manual bits.
Ideally, I’d like all of this to appear in Google+, removing the need for Tumblr. A kind of “lifestream”, where everything I’m happy to share with the world at large is available in one place.
Now what are the chances of that?