What an interesting read: I went through all the comments here.
I'm a Finn and so I'm blunt in what I say, apologize already in advance.
This is meant to be just an example.
In Finland we have a saying:First take the log out of your own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to take the speck out your brother's eye.
A comment from Carter earlier on this thread:
- Haha I'm allowed to be agitated. Blame Instagram and ads! And besides +Jim Preis most of my posts are still happy and Secret Santa
is feel good all the time awesome time :)+Carter Gibson
the Secret Santa stuff that I keep seeing in my stream is starting to get on my nerves.
I don't really know what it's all about and I feel bad because in a way I think I should participate in some way.
Tell me, does it include Amazon in some way? If I have understood correctly (tell me if I haven't):
Is this initiative not, in fact a nice ad and more revenue for Amazon?
How does your message differ from the Google / Kawasaki message?
I'm sure you'd be more than happy to see Secret Santa
suggestion somewhere, denying it is useless. :-) Sour grapes?
You being on the SUL, should you not refrain from promoting your stuff, like you chastised Kawasaki doing in his email of APE?
But, that's what every marketer / Plusser does if you sign up for their email.
I could mention a few.
The difference is, Kawasaki's book is actually very helpful even if the UI has changes because it teaches you about the IDEA of Google+ and how to use it to your advantage. And it's free here, for us. Elsewhere you have to pay for it.
I'm really sorry if I'm out of line here, just trying to understand.
Don't take this personally please, Carter! :-)