Since I detailed my love/hate relationship with Facebook, it seems only fair to give Google+ their time in the spotlight ... or the cesspool as the case may be.
To understand why I even use Google+, I have to go back to the start of my blog. I didn't really see the point of a Google+ account -- after all, I had Facebook. But when I went to find out how to start a blog, naturally I Googled "blogging" and came up with Blogger. I guess it makes sense that they would promoted their own product.
Then naturally I wanted people to read the blog. I was doing this for fun, but when I only got about 10 hits in the first week (and probably 5 of them were my own before I figured out how to stop logging my own page views) I knew I had to to do something to promote my blog or I was basically just typing an online diary.
Realistically I knew most people started by sharing their blog with their family and friends but I was a) shy and b) operating under an assumed identity.
I am definitely not a techie and at first I couldn't figure out how to link my blog to Facebook. Being of Google origin, it was very easy to promote on Google+. Since I was taking on an assumed identity I figured I could just be someone else on a different social network.
These two social networks are really nothing alike. There ARE similarities, but their differences are what annoy me. Come on, "+1"? Who thought of that? Was "like" copy-righted?
I also don't like not being able to do the equivalent of a personal message on Google+. I finally figured out that if you post something and have it visible to only one person, that is like a personal message, but dang, that is hard to figure out and it still feels like you are putting it "out there" for everyone to see.
The ginormous screen font is off-putting to me as well. At least Google+ doesn't always force things to "most popular" like Facebook does ... maybe that is my OCD coming through, but I want things in chronological order, thank you very much!
Someone pointed out to me recently that really creepy people can follow you on Google+. Okay, you have the choice of whether or not you follow them back. You can even block them but if someone looks at "CreepXYZ" and he is following you even if you block him, won't your name still be linked to theirs? Yuck.
Then I made the mistake of "linking" my blog comments to Google+. This seemed like a good idea on the surface because then if someone commented on my Google+ page, the comment would show on my blog. Except ... then someone couldn't comment unless she had a Google+ account. Well that seemed a bit exclusionary and when a RL friend tried to comment and didn't have Google+ I decided to switch back.
To add insult to injury, all the comments that were made while I had Google+ comments were gone ... poof! ... even the ones that were made ON the blog. Well crud.
I only had Google+ comments for a month, but those were some of my most popular posts (and some of my favorites) and there are no comments on them ... at all. Double crud.
Now I that I have a Facebook account and a blog page set up over there as well I thought about ditching Google+. The only reason I am hanging on to Google+ is for the blogging communities ... and of course the wonderful friends I have met on Google+! These darn social websites just suck you in and don't let go.
And that would be why I don't Tweet!