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Monday, August 22, 2011


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Senban Babii

What's the point, it's dead. Go back to Facebook. Nothing to see here.


Wizard Gynoid

Badges? We don't need to show you any stinking badges! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaxURLFn6jU

Hamlet Au

Senban, I'd be really skeptical of a link that begins "It may not be dead, and it’s entirely possible I’m shoveling dirt on something that’s still writhing around", and then doesn't offer much evidence for its thesis (if any.) That's what we call link bait.


It's not even out of beta yet, nor open to everyone to register without an invite, so it's premature to call it dead.

One thing it beats both Facebook and Twitter on is ease of posting articles (rather than short messages). Now if they stop being asses about the "real names" policy I would be happy to use it.

Nightbird Glineux

Sorry, I've already started burning my bridges with Google, switching mail accounts to Yahoo! Mail.

Tateru Nino

At least one SL user has been suspended, unsuspended, and now is 'verified' under their SL pseudonym. So, still no sign of coherency from Google.

Nexii Malthus

@Tateru Nino, they are using automatic verification for popular g+ profiles atm as well. So that means automatic verification for popular pseudonyms.

Which means that verification doesn't exempt pseudonyms, it is still used against their original attempt to prevent 'fake profiles'.

Senban Babii


Fair point but you can't discount the points that link makes. Yes, it's just an opinion but it still provides food for thought based upon anecdote.

In all fairness, I think social networking has reached (or is close to reaching) a saturation point. It's already scooped up the majority of the population who are inclined to be involved and any new products are really only reaching out to that same population. And as that link discusses, there is only so much spare time in a day for social networking so beyond a few die hard networkers who absolutely *have* to have an active account on everything because web visibility holds perceived meaning for them, people largely already have the functionality they need and won't keep adding more sites in any way than to perhaps open an account so as to protect their web presence.

As much as I hate Facebook I hate Google more. But I think that Facebook has ruled the roost for too long and stagnated as a result. If nothing else, Google+ will hopefully push it into cleaning up its act and raising its game to the benefit of its users.

Arcadia Codesmith

The Forbes piece consists of Paul Tassi whining because his "friends" have nothing to say.

There's plenty of room for Google to distinguish itself in this market, and handling pseudonyms in a smart, responsible fashion is a huge one.

And yes, it would be great if you could have a verified pseudonym! One of the problems with pseudonyms is that they're so easily spoofed. Having an accessible channel to establish your bona fides without revealing your rl identity would be a wonderful boon.

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