Islands in my stream: My first issue with Google+
It took a couple of weeks but I identified my first real problem with Google+ and it’s only going to get worse if something isn’t done about it.
As it stands right now, everyone I allow into my circles go into my main stream. This makes for a lot of scrolling through a very cluttered stream full of discussion, news links, large photos and reams of comments about all of the above. Of course, Google+ allows me to view streams for each designated circle but the main stream is the default stream and gives me a taste of what everyone in my circles is posting about at that moment.
and it’s the only one I can view from my phone.**
Google+ has taken some of the best features from both Twitter and Facebook and made them their own, but the cluttered stream shows they can’t quite have it both ways.
I follow more than 2,000 people on Twitter (well more than the couple of hundred on Google+) but my Twitter stream is pretty manageable: short posts and no photos.
My personal Facebook account has a comparable number of friends to Google+, but the Facebook posts are more manageable to follow. For one, my friends typically post to Facebook a couple of times a day. And two, I know the vast majority of my Facebook friends very well.
Google+ is similar to Twitter because, in my opinion, the format encourages you to post much more often than Facebook. It also encourages people to meet people they don’t know so well, so you’re going to see a lot more posts you might not be personally invested in.
Add to that the fact some people are going to be quite prolific (more power to them), your stream can become monopolized quite quickly.
I’ve noticed myself staying away from Google+ because of this and I’ve heard and read a lot of similar complaints.
I’ve also heard a couple of different suggestions. Here’s mine: Give us the option to choose which circles we want to appear in the main stream. That would allow me to create a circle for people who I don’t want to unfollow but I don’t need to see 20 times a day.
As of this posting, G+ remains invite only as the new social network continues to tweak and improve itself. I really hope this is something they consider because, so far, it’s the only real issue I’ve had. If they don’t, I may have to start dropping people I don’t really want to drop and that will extremely dampen the experience for me.
Is it an issue for you? If so, how would you propose they fix it?
**One of the first 20 people to read this pointed out that I can indeed read any circle I want from my phone. Here’s how if, like me, you missed it: Click on “Circles.” Select the circle you want, click on “posts” in the menu at the bottom.**
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