Where are you hanging out online?
Tue 02 Aug 2011
Just to confirm your suspicions, Facebook notes 11 million Australians have an account and 68% of them visit every day. What has come of a first world nation such that we have become this dedicated to following and posting status updates for our friends and acquaintances?
Add to this the 10.5 million videos we watch on YouTube.com per month, predominately between 6 and 8 pm of a weeknight.
This begs the question, is anyone watching the TV any more? Me thinks the TV might still be on, but no ones watching. Given the power consumption of a 50 inch plasma, like the one now blocking up my living room and its little wonder the planet is warming. Perhaps the carbon tax can be applied based upon the size of people's TV � somehow that might be fair.
Back at the coal face, Google has managed to break a sweat in the pursuit of the social media space. Google Plus is about to be released into the wild, and a what a spectacle that is going to be. Corporate clean cat preaches �don't be evil�, but have set out to gain back some lost Internet traffic. Taking a look around Google Plus, you can see that they have benefited from coming second... with a satisfied smile... and the Google work ethic that I recently witnessed in person at Mountain View has produced some snappy features.
The circles feature is one of the main benefits in the sales pitch as it simplifies sorting family from friends and acquaintances. Compared to FB groups, its a piece of cake to protect online disclosure from certain groups.
Having thrown in the photos from the recent USA West coast trip using Chrome and you get to enjoy a way-cool drag and drop to upload (that don't work in Explorer) and watch your holiday snaps load and align in a very snappy way.... now only if there were some friends to share them with.... will they arrive? Time will only tell.
Its seems we are only too happy to �churn� out telephone handsets on a whim, so why not do it with our social network too. I do hope so, Google do have a better rep for privacy, as would agree to anyone that has looked at the Facebook developer environment � each of those apps you accept into on FB gets instant access to you, your friends, your friends, friends. Google will certainly offer something similar, but perhaps slightly more respectful of your privacy. Either way, its going to lead to innovation as both camps will continue to pursue our online time.
My recommendation: come on over to Google Plus when you get the chance to.