I have been having the same conversation with many of the friends I invite over from Facebook. They are having a hard time figuring out how everything here works. Google+, I realize, is a concept that is a bit hard to grasp. It's a blend between Twitter and Facebook, private and public. There are no friend requests or even friends. Just people. People you circle and who circle you, and depending on what they think about you they share more or less with you. The end result, is a post that is more meaningful and relevant. You can scale a post based on what the appropriate audience is. You can share messages with a circle, multiple circles, or even people directly (or even emails). All this is new, and new things always scare people.
Naturally we are people who are against change. We resist change because change requires energy, whether it be physical or mental. But as history can attest to, we need change. I have seen many guides out there that attempt to lower the learning curve but no one wanted to go read a multi-page article about how to use a social network.
And so I decided to give it a try, with a short presentation instead, almost like an intro video.
I have been spending the whole summer freelancing as a full time job and wanted to use my design and user experience skills toward a fun side project that would let me go crazy. I wanted to create something that tells you only the bare minimum of what you need to know to get started and something that is easy to digest. Over the past week, what started as a small side project became my main project.
This presentation is my attempt at lowering the energy required for change. (Hope all the work pays off)
I would love this guide to become "The Guide" all the new folks see. Let's make this this spread like wildfire! If you got improvements please send them my way and I will credit you in version 2.
I got the idea of using G+ as a slideshow from 's awesome presentation.If or is listening, you guys would be rockstars for sharing this!
I have done many brainstorming hangout sessions on Google+ ways to learn how Facebook removes that email addresses. We all concluded that Facebook is really creating false positives. Even with normal user behavior, they remove those emails from your friends profile even if they explicitly said allowed it to be visible by sharing it with your friends. That is outright ridiculous if you tell me. We even tried long random fetch intervals which didn't make a difference. We mimicked user behavior, and that didn't work.
That becomes a problem. Lets say you want to grab 10 of your friends email account to register them for a charity event. A normal user would pick up their phone or visit the full website and browser to their friend, click on their info tab, and copy the email. That worked great in the past up until July 5th. If you do that now, Facebook will remove your friends email after the 5th try (sometimes more depending on the user). Let us be honest, how frequent do you visit that info page for your friend? Very rarely, so the normal user behavior rarely sees that page.
I enjoy Facebook, it is what helped me connect the emails I had to my friends at school, and previous jobs. It is that very email that made me come closer to my friends over the internet. Without those emails I supplied, Facebook would have been useless to me. I even recall that the reason why Facebook became popular is because of that special University email addresses you supplied which was a requirement when you signed on. That is why I am boycotting Facebook until they allow me to control my friends.
That is why I switched to Google+ as my main social network. I agree it is hard to make that switch, and I agree Google+ needs a lot of improvements, but at least the contact manager in Google is mine whereas in Facebook, they clearly own your friends. You should all invite your Facebook friends to Google+, if only Google allowed @hotmail.com and other domains to use that service, it would have made the transition easier to manage.
I can think of only one more way to get such information from Facebook "legally", but is it even for worth it for me to invest time. Facebook Exporter Extension had over 150+K installation ever since Google+ came out till July 5th.
Borrowing this image from http://hubspoint.com/2011/07/05/facebook-blocks-facebook-friend-exporter-google-chrome-extension/ since it was funny :) I would rather see that image become "people vs facebook" instead.
You should all fight for what is rightfully yours. If everyone fights, then change will happen. You should all boycott Facebook and delete your accounts or at least place an image "Moved to G+" to show them who has power. You should continue to tell your friends at Facebook to come to Google+.
And to Google, thanks for this service, but please ... make it open. Not everyone wants a Gmail account. Not everyone wants to create a new email address. Make it easy for users without a Gmail account to come here. Why should we fight while you guys play on the sideline? We (developers and users) are doing the best we can informing our friends and family about Google+. But with all honesty, you are making it really hard for our friends to come in that don't have a Gmail account.
Reshare everyone, even if it spams your friends G+ inbox of duplicated messages.
- Lunds tekniska högskola
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