I was one of the first… fact. I got my invite to join Google+ the day after it went live – a long time before the flood gates opened.
I very quickly got into the swing of it and found it useful and enjoyable. As it should be.
I also found that within a few days I was connected with a very high caliber of people from the creative industries whose opinions, observations and thoughts I was keen to share in.
It didn’t last long though.
I grew bored quickly of the goofing around some people indulged in, but that’s their choice. After all, just because I’d decided I’d use G+ more seriously than Twitter doesn’t mean everyone else should.
Then the echo chamber started.
People I knew via Twitter as well as on G+ were sharing all the same content in both places, with no objective other than to amplify their own social media echo. Unsurprisingly, their behaviour was applauded in both worlds by the same cabal of their followers.
Frankly, I just didn’t get it. If you’ve shown off about something on twitter and your subset of friends and acolytes have jumped up and down whooping, hollering and sharing, why is the very same thing happening on G+, I wondered? After all, you’re clearly just patting each other’s backs, not really reading any of the stuff each other are sharing and looking like complete plonkers in front of the rest of us.
I got a tired of the territorialism I experienced too.
Then there was the wave of people I’ve never heard of adding me to circles even though there is nothing I was ever likely to say or share that would be of value to them and vice versa.
So, I wouldn’t add these people back.
I am not and never will be a social media numbers whore. I know too many of those. I rate them all pretty much the same.
That got worse, of course, once G+ became publicly available.
I forget the actual trigger but one day a combination of all of the above led me to conclude that I wanted out. So I deleted my account.
Now I read that the first person to have more than one million circles on G+ is Britney Spears.
I don’t think I ever felt more vindicated.