Through the Education Lens

The Social Network Grows Up with Google Plus

CJ Westerberg, July 5, 2011 1:28 PM


The Web is undergoing a fundamental change . . .
Understand sociology, not technology."
-   Paul Adams, ex-Google, Facebook

Google Plus - aka Google Circles
Slide-Show Below
Slide #2 includes talking points

The big story here is how privacy, friend-making and meaningless chatter overload are being addressed in the social networking space, with Google and Facebook being the lead dogs.  In the learning and education space, this next phase of social networking is certainly something to understand and apply - 

With the introduction of Google Plus (aka Google Circles), their version of Facebook (in closed beta), the initial feedback has been mainly good for reasons, and not good for a few
other reasons.  I've not been on beta but let the games begin.  Here are my first takes:

The first obvious flaw of Facebook was grouping all friends as if they had the same level of interest in one's interests and experiences.  For many, the goal became to grow one's
"friend" number and comments to increase one's popularity ranking.   This strategy, sadly,
created a new dimension in the concept of friendship (all friends must like this if they like me),  not necessarily welcomed by all friends.  In other words, too many "friend worlds" were colliding:  work, college, interests, family and the like. 

Secondly, because of this, privacy on many levels becomes a real issue.  Will Google Plus be better?

Check out slide-shows below by ex-Google guy, Paul Adams, now at Facebook  (#1 and #2 slide-shows are the same except that #2 features talking points) .

H/t and additional back-story to this scenario between Google and Facebook, summarized here by Techcrunch whereby Paul Adams  - who developed a
specific point-of-view in social media  - leaves and goes to Facebook.

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