G+Less of everything = moar geek plzkthx. Seriously, though. I have a inestimable fondess for Google. It is something of a shame that their social networks did not unseat the reigning champ. Although, if math serves me correctly (and it rarely does) the suite of their services reach more people than bottled water. Perhaps it is something about the elegance of it's design that harkens back to Apple's bid for tech dominance. Everything is frighteningly integrated! I personally enjoy the seemingly professional environment of enthusiasts that genuinely create content that isn't primal bellowing. And speaking of...
MyspaceHAHAHAHAH myspace. Let us disregard the fact of its ownership by yet another megalomaniacal faction. The user experience for this social media platform was decent at first. It slowly broke down like so many Ford™ cars. Media took media to heart. Bands, comedians, personalities of many types joined the hype machine. But it did not ride a wave of innovative functionality. I left it, never looking back. Facebook had a better class of hot bitches anyway. Although I will admit I dated a girl I met from Myspace. True story.
FriendsterTalk about malfunction. When it debuted it was already suffocating. Does that even work still? Luckily, myspace usurped, consequently usurped. Bandwagon jumping was the extreme sport of that brief epoch. The king is dead, long live the king.
OrkutHuhhhhh. A potential cesspool if I were interested in BRIC nations. Economists may be looking at this with one raised eyebrow. Carbon copy features that is standard in a social media like engines in cars. Honestly, I would use it strictly because the title sounds cool. ORK. C'mon!
"Good enough."I will give it to the bird for its simplistic versatility. It can get cluttered fast, as expected. On the bright side, it seems to be a visceral outlet for personalities that are otherwise static icons on fully featured social media platforms. ?uestlove tweets and one can mention or reply or whatever the action is; the personality can respond or not, no harm no foul. In many ways, everyone can have a fan club in which all parties involved are accountable for everything and nothing. Freeform jazz, man. I just realized a design flaw that is lacking in fb: posts without attached objects cannot be form-shared across the system. In lay terms, sentences as status updates stay glued to the users wall. Links posted to walls can be shared. Looks like there are some end of line moments in the world, booooooo.
Tumblr.An astute observation made very recently by LeSean Thomas echoes my sentiments.
"The only down side to tumblr, is i see all of these walls by kids who don't have an actual life they can call their own. It's filled with photos and things that they didn't do, or aren't a part of. :-/"Nonetheless, I will eventually start one for the express purpose of it's tabloid-style presentation. Don't get me wrong, that is available in other outlets, but there is something about this look that I can't put my finger on. I find it difficult to love and I am indifferent about hating it. Maybe because my heart belongs to blogger. The more the merrier, really #currentmotto. Wait! hashtags don't work outside of twitter?$^%
...and other, more specific, destinations. LinkedIn attracts a part of me, but it is within a confluence I dare not tread at this juncture. Bebo is a no for being formerly owned by the necessary evil that was AOL. MSN is a firm nevarrevarragayn. Pinterst, really. Livejournal? I know 'the more the merrier' was just displayed, but there is always a point where redundancies are toxic. Youtube as a social media that goes without any real description other than: it will die when the internet does.