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A quick search for “Google Plus is dead” reveals a number of recent articles about the pending death of the social media platform. It’s not fair to say it’s dead as yet. But it’s certainly mouldering.
I took an informal survey on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Slack, asking folks if they were still using G+. Here is an anonymous compilation of those results.
I use G+ regularly. (6)
- I do. (Note, shared by a Google employee friend of mine.)
- I am still there…Maybe this is why I felt so lonely. 😕
- I use the communities almost daily; but it’s been there a while. Could easily move it to a different service.
- I do it for my blog and results are good.
- I do use G+ to about the same extent I use Facebook and Twitter. I prefer G+ over Facebook. Twitter is too different to compare.
G+ has residual value. (6)
- It’s definitely gone downhill but there appear to be some ardent users still. But then again, some people still use Friendfeed too! I get comments and +1’s from real people. And it’s worth adding your stuff there just so Google sees it!
- I was, sort of, for photography communities and when I was playing their game, Ingress. That’s all it’s good for as far as I’m concerned.
- Not for Facebook type stuff, but I have a group on there for network/IT stuff. I like the format better for that. And less chatter/clutter compared to Facebook.
- I use it twice a month, maybe.
- G+ is too good. It’s too attractive to marketing people. I just skim it for obviously amateur content, does that count as use?
- I use it to find how many fans I have in India.
G+ is dead to me, or never was alive at all. (32)
- I liked the idea at first, but I just wish the circles could be followed as well as assigned.
- I don’t see much happening there. But then, I never really put much time into it in the first place.
- Never got around to setting up an account.
- It was A.U.D.b.V. = Activated, Unused, De-activated by Vendor. It’s a shame really because anyone wanting to hit Google trends needed to use this…now Google will have to actually add up other sites social trends.
- Setup my account and never logged in again.
- Nope, it had some nice features, but I never really saw much in the way of posts that I was interested in there, so eventually stopped checking it.
- Nope, I liked it better than Facebook, but none of my friends every made the transition.
- Never did.
- Created an account one day and never went back.
- Oh yea…Forgot about G+…
- I tried to use it but didn’t see much engagement.
- I use it to share stuff, but only because of due diligence (as opposed to enthusiasm or pleasure).
- What’s G+? Can you remind me again?
- Nope. Gave up on G+ long ago.
- Nope. I used G+ last in 2012 to express my displeasure in their real name policy.
- I stopped using it about 2 months after it came out.
- Never used it – never really liked it.
- Nope, put a message on there to follow me on the Twitters years ago…
- Nope. Have some stale account out there, but never really got into it. One social media platform too many…
- May have actually “used it” twice.
- I Waved goodbye to Plus a long time ago! (Pretty sure this respondent capitalized that “W” on purpose.)
- I didn’t realize G+ was still live. Haven’t looked in over a year.
- No, it has been a wasteland for years.
- No, I actually like the feel/format just never used it.
- Never used it really.
- I have an account but I barely use it.
- I do not really use G+ anymore. I wanted it to work. Just never could get into it.
- No. I had high hopes that it would be the social platform I used to interact with my professional network, but here I am on Twitter.
- I might have looked at it two or three times after I signed up.
- Funny you should mention it. I checked it out again yesterday because I’m so bored with Twitter. I wish G+ would have taken off.
I think we can see where this is going.
Ethan Banks writes & podcasts about IT, new media, and personal tech.
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