A lot of people on Google + are self-righteous when it comes to Facebook. Technical people tend to be self-righteous about everything. But for a non-techie, I think Facebook is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Facebook tells you how it should be used, whereas other social networks suggest ways in which you could use the social network, but have an open API, and can be interfaced in whatever way you like.
Techies loved MySpace. MySpace wasn’t open in the way we think of today, but it allowed customization. MySpace was a social networking platform built on top of the personal website. A lot of people that sucked at developing websites did very well on MySpace. You could build a brand, built a business off of MySpace, if used correctly. The sky was the limit. The problem with MySpace, was that some people took that customization too far; the pages were ahead of the average technology that people had available to them at that time. A huge website would crash my computer on dial up, or even DSL. A poorly written website would infect me with a virus. MySpace had problems, technical problems, that were too numerous to count.
Then Facebook came along. Sure you had Twitter later on, but that isn’t really creating a website Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, those platforms aren’t really web development, they’re just re-sharing links, re-sharing pictures, not really saying much of anything at all. Facebook allowed you to write really long posts, and express yourself through a one blog fits all approach. People that wanted to create blogs, but couldn’t get anyone to visit them, could invite all of their family and friends to their blog on Facebook.
Blogs aren’t dead, they have just evolved into social networks. Now, I know a lot of you are annoyed with your friends on Facebook, and so am I. But it is a formula that works for Facebook, and the programmers that work there are not about to encourage people to communicate in the way they do on Twitter or Google +. It just isn’t going to happen. So your best bet, is to lower your expectations of Facebook, and keep an open mind.
There are narcissists on Google +, and there are sociopaths. Twitter is full of people that are in between social networks; a lot of those people have accounts everywhere else. Once people start turning onto Google +, the way in which this site is used is going to change. Take it all in stride. Why complain about Facebook looking more like Google + when Google + is the platform you’re trying to bring everyone over to. Now you don’t have to do it. Think about it for a minute …