I don't see a lot of Apple hate. I see a lot
of Android posts, but that is because I accepted some shared circles with lots of Android developers in them. The stuff they post on Android development is meaningless to me, but many of their other posts and their comments are quite useful.
I've been using Macs since the Lisa era - I've sold them and supported them and owned them and loved them. But I also have real problems with Apple as a company, and I am increasingly uncomfortable with the locked in application eco-system that Apple is creating, and the way they are tying things together so tightly.
I hate the fact that I had to upgrade from my perfectly good iPhone 3G because they upgraded my apps so that they wouldn't run on it. In the old days, on a Mac, you could always access, and keep, the old versions that ran on your older OS. That seems basic, but seems to have been abandoned as a principle for the iPhone - I suspect as a way of forcing people to continually upgrade. Likewise with the new OS releases. The fast pace there is unnecessary, and is driven by the iPhone completely - by the desire to weld the computer and the iPhone together as strongly as possible. Since Apple is raking in the dough on the iPhone.
The problem I have been having on Google+ is the amount of sharing and resharing, and memes, and cute cat pictures, and stupid notions like "follow Friday." And the number of people on G+ who are in the business of G+ - who "work" as G+ consultants.
It becomes like an airless echo chamber: seeing the same internet meme pictures over and over again, interspersed with posts from G+ experts directly you to their blog posts on how to be a G+ expert.
I think the answer is to pick the good people to follow. Some suggestions: +Pasi Ääpälä
, +glyn moody
, +Betsy McCall
, +Craig Newmark
, +Tim O'Reilly +Christine Paluch
, for starters.
And I know
there must be lots of Apple circles out there that someone will share with you.