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 I was toying around with my new Google+ account. I managed to make one publicly accessible post. I tried to comment on that post, but Google+ lost it's way when I clicked on the "share" button. Half an hour later, that button is grayed out (paled out, really -- It's still a pale, pastel green) and it says "sharing..." but I think it has trouble with sharing. 

I edited my comment slightly and tried to post it as a free-standing entry on Google+. I got the same result as when I tried to post it as a comment to my first post. Google+ just hangs indefinitely. 
 
I thought that I'd be ironic and post my oh-so-clever observation via Facebook instead, but when I tried to post it on Facebook, I got as far as, "Status updates must be less than 420 characters. You have entered 556 characters here. Notes can be much longer. Would you like to edit and post your update as a Note instead?"
 
"No," I thought, "I'll just post it to LiveJournal."

My brilliant observation:
 
Given a choice between an internet defined and dominated by Facebook and one by Google, I guess I have a slight preference for the Google future. Facebook is brilliant in getting me out of my Gmail inbox and back over to Google. They could certainly include the full text of the Facebook message when they send a notification to me, but they don't. They just tell me who the comment is from and then provide a link BACK TO FACEBOOK. I don't see how Google hopes to pull people out of Facebook and onto Google+.

So, anyway, in case you hadn't heard, both Google and Facebook both want to dominate your use of the web and are doing their best to re-enact the browser wars of the 1990s. 

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saint_monkey
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
yo if you get an extra invite hook a brutha up.
kmo
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
beta
Until I read your comment, I had forgotten that I was commenting on a product in the beta stage. I don't think I have the juice to enlarge the current fold, but if that turns out not to be the case, you're first on my list.
saint_monkey
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: beta
Well, thankee sir.
kmo
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Do you still need a hook up?
I can invite people now, so if you still need an in, send an email to kmo@c-realm.com.
xenophrenia
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
beta - non- public release
Just keep in mind ... you ARE dealing with a beta pre-public release ... they have glitches ... they have features they are constantly updating, reiterating, adding and fixing ... be patient ... it's SO much better than Facebook ...
kmo
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: beta - non- public release
True 'dat.
saint_monkey
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
In addition to my blatant request for a handout, I *do* actually have a comment to add.

I have a twitter account that is GREAT for taking the place of stumbleupon or digg, but terrible to post anything social to, since there is no real social interaction on that thing.

I had a vox account, which morphed into a typepad account, and it's FANTASTIC for posting pictures and video that I want to save for later or repost elsewhere, but terrible to post anything social to, because it's just a wasteland over there.

I have a tumblr account that I "re-discovered" recently after it sat idle since I signed up for it in beta a trillion years ago when I couldn't get an invite to ffffound. (Still can't get an invite to ffffound by the way.) tumblr seems to have some vibrant social aspects to it, and I'd love to use it more, but my work browser is IE, and 90% of the time, tumblr locks it up.

I have contemplated a facebook in the past, since that seems to be where everyone I know in *actual reality* has an account, but that company seems so gung ho on ABSOLUTELY NOT respecting privacy, that I can't in good consciousness utilize them (There are also privacy concerns that are a long story, but let us say that there are some people whom I would rather NOT be able to locate me.)

So that leaves livejournal, which has been my go-to social network of "No other good choice" for ten years or so. I maintain an account at a few of the clones, just in case. But in any case, I just don't get why those other social networking sites took off, while livejournal, which has so much more to offer than just about all of them, is the realm of the slashfiction writers and the furries and the old-school pre-facebook crowd.

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