I'm at a crossroads...
The end of the year is upon me, and I'm evaluating a lot of stuff, particularly time management for the new year.
I like Google Plus, and am happy that I migrated away from Facebook, but in trying to assess the value that I get out of G+ I'm coming up quite short.
* Very few of my friends have a presence here. There's no blame in that; just because I walked away from where they were means I can't have any expectation of them following me (despite my sound reasons). As a result, Twitter has become my default for engaging with some of my friends. Google Plus doesn't have much of a place in that.
* Some of the people whose voices I really liked to hear on G+ have been missing lately. You know the type: individuals who can start meaningful and polite conversations about things I care about. Right now I look at posts and most are just speaking into a void. I crave the engagement and differing opinions, but it just doesn't seem to be happening. Communities have proven by and large a failure, since the post to reply ratio is skewed far too much towards the new posts. I still solidly believe that Communities above 100 members become echo chambers for individuals' thoughts. They lose effectiveness because the onus for each person to reply to others posts becomes less significant.
* I now use Flipboard for news, and get everything aggregated delightfully with that. There was a time when I'd follow tech personalities here to get some of that, but I'm just not seeing enough news content here (short of +Robert Scoble
and +Mike Elgan
) to really warrant my attention spent here. I really miss +Tom Anderson
when he used to talk about the industry, instead of giving us a grand tour of his jet setting retirement.
Short of a couple sources that put up valuable content I'm thinking of just cutting it all out. If I do that I end up questioning what I'm even doing here?
Google Plus captures the interest graph. That's great! I am more in touch with the development of independent pen and paper rpgs than I've ever been before. There's a lot of value in this, because there's nowhere else I can get it that is pleasant to be and aggregated together nicely (and add free).
So what do I do? I see two options in front of me.
1. Drop G+ like a dirty shirt. Cut my losses and re-invest that time into something I deem worthwhile.
2. Double down on G+ and try to create a space where people want to use this service and I can have the kind of conversations I used to love.
I'm honestly not sure where I'm leaning. If I double down, I'm going to create a Community for RPG discussions with an eye to engaging with content posted by others in addition to bringing interesting topics for conversation to the table. If I don't double down I'm going to be stepping away from this platform - maybe not cold turkey, like I did for Facebook, but you'll certainly see less of me.