If Costco were having a two-for-one sale on a nice Bordeaux, writer and podcaster would be first in line. As both a lover of Bordeaux and a savvy financial guy, he wouldn't dream of saying: "No, I just want one bottle, even though two bottles are the same price."
Yet that's what he does with social networking. And he's not alone. A LOT of people do this. Let me explain.
John's podcast, called , which he does twice a week with Podfather , often talks about the pros and cons of Google+, as they did on yesterdays' broadcast. In the episode (which had a hilarious segment about Google+, by the way -- listen to the link below starting at 10:30 for the Google+ bit), John expressed his preference for Twitter over Google+.
First of all, John belittled the value of having a verified account -- this from a guy forced to use "TheRealDvorak" rather than JohnCDvorak on Twitter because some troll is using his unverified name on Twitter.
Anyway, not using Google+ because you prefer Twitter is like turning down a free bottle of Bordeaux.
Why? Because by posting your tweets on Google+, then auto-posting on Twitter, gives you both for the price of one.
Personally, I view Twitter as an extension of Google+. I post on G+, and Twitter tweets just happen. I started out doing this to save time. But I got in four months the same follower count on Google+ that it took me four years to get on Twitter.
Here's how to auto-post to Twitter.
Go to ManageFlitter and sign up for a "Pro" account. (It's cheap.) Then, go to the following link and add the URL to your Google+ profile to auto-post to Twitter.
That's it! Now, when you want to send a "tweet," you just do it on Google+. The item is posted here, and also on Twitter.
Of course, if you want to exceed the 140 character limit, or post a video or post a dozen pictures, you can just do that without the fascist, arbitrary requirement to cram your ideas into 140 characters of ASCII.
Links on Twitter go back to the Google+ post where people can have a civilized conversation, rather than the barbaric @
Why would +John C. Dvorak turn down this delicious free bottle of bordeaux? Especially since the second bottle will grow into the only one big enough to matter.
I got 1000 followers on twitter in 5 years.
I got 13000 followers on Google+ in 1 year.
G+ is by far much better than Twitter at eveything. And G+ is just starting. The Google+ Hangouts are just a test for now. Twitter is just noise that only benefits few famous people (so that is why they keep talking about it). Twitter is just a self-promotional tool for already famous people. But a very inefficient self-promoting tool. Less than 1% of your Twitter followers are ever going to read your tweets anyways. Twitter is useless noise that's just mostly a waste of storage, bandwidth and time.
While some people like convolution (D&D players mostly) I do not.
Now if I was just sitting on G+ all day none of this would be a problem. But everyone knows I am not a big fan of the systems. And I do not use Facebook at all. I find these communities oddly artificial. AT least on Twitter it is now really about "communities" or "circles." It's a straight back-and-forth.And that actually seems more natural.
I'm never refusing to respond.
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John C. Dvorak
Columnist, Author, Editor
Current Weekly Tech Columnist for Dow-Jones Marketwatch. Columnist for PC Magazine writing Inside Track, an essay and a weekly online column.These articles are licensed around the world. Columnist for Info! (Brazil) and BUG Magazine (Croatia).
Also does a weekly TV video podcast Crankygeeks as well as a daily Tech podcast called Tech5 and the weekly podcasts This Week in Tech (500,000 listeners) and No Agenda with Adam Curry as well as working as the Tech Channel VP at Podshow, inc. Featured on CNBC as a guest analyst.
Previously a columnist for Forbes, Forbes Digital, PC World, Barrons, MacUser, PC/Computing, Smart Business and other magazines and newspapers. Former editor and consulting editor for Infoworld. Has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, SF Examiner, Vancouver Sun. Was on the start-up team for CNet TV as well as ZDTV. At ZDTV (and TechTV) was host of Silicon Spin for four years doing 1000 live and live-to-tape TV shows. Also was on public radio for 8 years. Written over 4000 articles and columns as well as authoring or co-authoring 14 books.
2004 Award winner of the American Business Editors Association's national gold award for best online column of 2003. That was followed up by an unprecedented second national gold award from the ABEA in 2005, again for the best online column (for 2004). Won the Silver National Award for best magazine column in 2006.
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