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.
This is a dark theme that you can use to make your ChatZilla IRC client look spiffy. All you need to do is just checkout the code (from Google Code) into your
c:\Program Files\ChatZilla directory using hg (or, alternatively you can download and extract the code). Then in ChatZilla, edit your
Global Settings -> Appearance -> Dark Motif and browse for your checked out code. Then
View -> Color Scheme -> Dark to apply.
You can follow these same instructions (minus the downloading) to try it out first by putting (not browsing)
http://jelly-bean-dark-theme-for-chatzilla.googlecode.com/hg/chatzilla.css in the dark motif section in your Global Settings.
[Jelly Bean Dark Theme for ChatZilla…] @Google Code
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?
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!
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.
This message doesn’t seem too rude, but “Keep it under 500 characters this time, ok,” sounds a bit brat-ish to me.
I didn’t even edit the message to finish delivering it.
That’s right, Mark is no longer pissed; or, what I assumed looked like pissed over Google+. At least that’s what his new profile picture on Google+ says to me. But, I still can’t keep wondering what Mark is thinking. To me, Mark is still a rebel college student hacker, and that’s cool- so I’m not convinced by his new found Google+ image.
I haven’t even been able to check out Google+ and already I’m worried about how it is going to affect my online-social life. I live in a place where people are mostly going to stick with Facebook, but I think Google is only opening up another door for Mark to walk through. Yeah, Google may have some cool stuff, but people love Facebook! It’s only a matter of time before Facebook punches back, and I won’t be surprised to see Facebook as the winner. But, it’s different to see someone actually competing with Facebook, we all should have seen this coming- and only a giant like Google could do it!
But, Mark looks a little happier…and I think I know why…