Google+ is and will remain the main social media platform of my choice, yet I am currently changing the ways I use and interact on Google+. By the end of serendipity, I mean the diminishing likelihood of meeting and finding interesting people and things on Google+ by happy chance, and it points to a set of problems on Google+.
The woes afflicting Google+ can be summarized in one word: spam
. Functions and tools on Google+ that facilitated discovery of Google+ profiles, pages, and posts, such as shared circles, communities, events, as well as What’s hot
streams are vulnerable to spam.
Instead of looking forward to chance meetings on Google+, I sometimes dread to see what Google recommends to me, or what I find on communities, and I am constantly gardening my profile, weeding out the spammers and other undesirables, often blocking profiles and pages in the process.
So what does this mean, if you are embarking on Google+? The general piece of advice that I would give is to be very selective about whom or what you add to your circles, and be prepared to remove profiles and pages quite readily, since the Google+ entities you follow are going to determine what you see on your home stream. Do not necessarily add Google+ profiles and pages just because Google recommends them to you.
- For other posts on Google+: http://goo.gl/oYPwMB