This is day 2 of my self-imposed exile from Facebook. I have not deactivated my account, nor do I intend to do so, yet. I have chosen to take a break because in part, I think I was addicted strongly attached spending way too much time on there, and more importantly, there has been a slew of pornographic images flooding my news feed, and Facebook is unable or unwilling to do anything about stopping it. They have probably exhausted all their resources on the facial recognition software that no-one wanted in the first place. Which brings me on to Google+.
I signed up a few days ago, and so far, I am liking it a lot. I’ll tell you why.
Google+ gives you control over your data, and how you share it. It does not automatically assume that you want to share every aspect of your life with the whole world, and has come up with what it terms ‘circles’. You choose which circle you want to put people in, and also, which circle you want to share information with.
When you put up a post, there is an option to disable sharing. This means you will not subsequently find the picture of your 7 year old, a mortar, a pestle and some pounded yam, tagged and pasted all over the profiles of people you don’t even know.
It is not possible to tag another person’s picture without their explicit consent, or the tag the picture of a goat with a person’s name.
At the moment, there are no irritating applications and adverts clogging up every inch of space on the home page.
There is a discreet green button on the left side inviting you to chat with people in your circles (should you wish to) This is far less intrusive than a chat format where most of your ‘friends’ are displayed prominently on the right side of your screen.
I used to love Facebook, but I don’t like that they roll out unpopular changes without giving you the option of choice. This is not an exhaustive article on the features of Google +. For that you can check out Mashable.
I don’t know much about Twitter, but I think I agree.
P.S. If you have poked, inboxed, tagged or otherwise contacted me on FB, I am not ignoring you, I will get in touch on my return from exile. Of course you could always contact me in RL.
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