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Get a Google+ Invite from Enjifi!

Alright, so I finally got an invite to check out Google+, and I have some invites of my own. If you want one, click around, check out the place and leave comments, lots of them. I will email as many invites I can to random commenters between now and Friday. For every 100 hits I get, I will give away an invite to a random commenter.

Why Google+ won’t pan out and replace (or beat) Facebook; Google+ vs. Facebook: Facebook will win

Okay, now this is just my opinion- just my prediction, I could totally be wrong about this one. I haven’t even got an invite yet to try it out, I just keep reading about it and people keep bringing it up. Now, there is some reasoning to why I think Google+ won’t pan out and replace Facebook:

  • People are lazy
  • Facebook can do it
  • People have short attention spans
  • People don’t like too many things
  • People just want to make money
  • People don’t want to desert their friends

Now, first, people are lazy. That’s right. Sure, I might “migrate” all my Facebook stuff over to Google+ because I’m an impulsive nerd who would do that kind of thing, but most people are lazy. They have already established their identity on Facebook and it’s just a matter of time before Facebook will do it too. This is how I see it happening. People will use Google+ for that one really cool feature they actually liked (we all know that is Hangouts). They’ll use it for special situations too, like certain groups or get-together’s, but mostly five people will hangout in a Hangout once, just to play with it. Then, Facebook will come up with something similar, and they’ll stop using it and forget about their Google+ page; people have really short attention spans.

Yeah, sure, some people are going to use it. It really has to be a cool thing if people are really talking about it. But, for the most part, it’s just another Facebook page to everyone else…and I’ve already got one. I’m not putting Google+ down, it might be awesome, but I’m already doing that somewhere else- only impulsive nerds are going to hyper-manage their profiles, for the rest of the world, people don’t like too many things, meaning too many profiles. You see, I use Twitter because it is not a profile service, it’s just status updates, so it works. For my chatting, personal messaging, and photos, I use Facebook. Google+ is trying to be Facebook. Not the company, but another Facebook page, and I don’t need one.

Now, Google+ is going to have a honeymoon period, because of the geeks and the fact that people just want to make money. It’s another avenue to market, so of course people are adding +1’s and Google+ accounts, but it’s just marketing!

I’m not trying to put down Google+. I haven’t even tried it and I already know that I am going to think it is awesome, but among these facts is one simple thing that Google+ is going to have a hard time with: people don’t want to desert their friends. Yeah, how the hell am I going to get all my friends over to Google+? I just convinced my friend Crystal to get one! I set up my mom’s Facebook page! This problem is going to plague Google+ as long as Facebook doesn’t start sucking (remember MySpace?). As long as Facebook keeps being awesome, my friends are not going to want to switch. Google should be praying that Facebook screws up…big time. But, Facebook, knowing Google+ is around, may just watch their steps from now on and be good boys and girls.

This is just my opinion. I’m really thinking about the people that use this stuff and I just don’t see it going very far. But, maybe they don’t care… I just have been telling this to my friends when they bring it up, and on most things they agree with me, so I thought I’d share. What do you think?

Working with WordPress 3.2: Clutter free and high contrast help me focus; mono-spaced fonts too

WordPress 3.2 Editing a post

You know, I think I rather like working with the new WordPress 3.2 UI. I find it to be less cluttered, and the lack of color actually helps me focus on editing.

This version of WordPress is very WordPress 1-ish.

So far a few things that I have noticed about WordPress 3.2, that I like, is more space given to editing, the high-contrast and mono-spaced fonts (finally) in HTML view.

WordPress 3.2 uses Mono Spaced Fonts in HTML View

Trying out Shortmail: What happens when I send a message longer than 500 characters?

Shortmail.com Screenshot of Empty Inbox

I just signed up for ShortMail.com, a service that enforces (as you will see) 500 character or less email messages. I had to have a twitter account to sign up. Right away I send myself a really long message!

Long Email I sent to my Shortmail.com email

I was hoping, actually, that the message would get delivered. But, rather, it emailed my GMail account back and told me that the message was too long and that I had to edit it! Now, right away, I can’t imagine using this at work. This extra step would frustrate me, my mom, and probably many others. I think it would be easier to just allow the long email through and limit my messages to 500 words or less.

Shortmail Response to a large message

This message doesn’t seem too rude, but “Keep it under 500 characters this time, ok,” sounds a bit brat-ish to me.

The sender has to edit their message.

I didn’t even edit the message to finish delivering it.

First Impressions, A Single Post in WordPress 3.2

I just posted a little bit about Mark Zuckerberg right after I updated WordPress to 3.2. At first, once I went to create a post, I was actually a little jarred, I have to admit. WordPress’s new font choice seems to be a little outdated to look at, I kind of wondered if something had gone wrong with my latest update (still wondering).

WordPress 3.2 using Arial as base font?

It looks as though WordPress has chosen to use Arial as their base font for most of the text. I’m not sure why, but for some reason this triggers 1990’s mode in my head when I see it. Arial is much easier to read, but it really feels out-dated. As for posting, I didn’t find it any different, still the same old kick ass WordPress!

WordPress 3.2 Buttons

There are some new graphics, a more steel kind of look given to the editing bar.

I’m not to fond for the rounded bevels and shadows on the left menu, and I found the previous versions “collapse menu” graphic to be much easier to use (compared to the new one).

The new look I’m not so mad-crazy for, but speed editing and clutter are among the top things I am going to keep a look-out for. That’s why I love that they finally made the site-title smaller!

WordPress 3.2 Smaller Site Title in Dashboard