We all know Google+ is hardly the Facebook contender Page and co hoped for. But according to data from comScore, reported by the Wall Street Journal, visitors to the sites using computers spent an average of about three minutes a month on Google+ between last September and January, versus six to seven hours on Facebook each month over the same period. That's over a 120 times longer. Bad luck, Google. [comScore via Wall Street Journal]
I ran away from Google+ the day they decided that it would be interesting to my friends to know about my google searches and online activities. My brand new android cellphone thought it would also be a good idea if it uploaded automatically all my pictures to my Google+ account.
I know, all those options can be changed, but they are esentially turned on by default. For example, friends kept messaging me while I was driving because Google Talk decided that I should be always available to chat with everyone of my contacts. Again, I had to dive into the options to turn that off.
The problem, Google, is that the people that I exchange e-mails with ARE NOT MY FRIENDS. They are people I know through work, business, or I met once on the internet to buy something from them. I don't want that guy in China who once sold me trombone parts on ebay to know about my kids, the last party I went, or where did I spend the holidays.
At least facebook lets me "unfriend" people I don't know. The only way to unfriend an e-mail contact would be to erase it, which is not the point of email contacts.
So, basically Google took the approach of that neighbour who came to say hi when you arrived to the neighbourhood but then asked "Can I come in?", and after you, somewhat befuddled said yes, he proceeded to find his way to your kitchen, check your fridge, take a beer and then head to the living room to check your wedding photo album.
Damn, Google, you are scary.