I’ve been pretty disappointed by social networking “products” up to this point. I do use Twitter once in a while, but it’s pretty ephemeral stuff. I think that’s fine, it means I don’t have to worry about missing anything.
When I was very young and naïve, I thought Facebook looked pretty interesting. In practice, the level of sheer malevolence displayed by the company and its founder have stopped me from using it for anything other than keeping up with the family.
Ever hopeful, I now have a presence on Google+. It’s possible that this new service will end up as malign as Facebook, but for now at least I feel much less like I am being packaged up and sold as product. It seems, really, like a social network done right.
All that seems to be missing is the people.