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Jazli Aziz
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Geek. Android enthusiast. Techie.
Geek. Android enthusiast. Techie.

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If you're reading this you either follow me or you are currently visiting my profile. This is just to inform you that I will be posting to G+ a lot less than I used to, and instead will be tweeting a lot more due to the reasons in this post below. I'm not leaving G+, but my posts will be few and far between. In addition, the scope of my posts will also be limited mostly to mobile tech and Android, which means my other Collections may not see any action moving forward, or very little. I'm quite active on Twitter now, so you can follow me there if you enjoy the kind of content I usually post here. Otherwise, I'm sorry to say but you won't be seeing many of my posts around here any more.

https://twitter.com/JazliAziz
Why I now post more to Twitter

I’ve written a lot about Twitter in recent weeks. My latest post [1] highlighted what I like most about Twitter, as well as Google+. However, even though both platforms have their advantages, I’ve found myself spending more and more time on Twitter compared to Google+, and I don’t mean just browsing. I find myself tweeting a lot more than I post on Google+ too. This shift in behaviour for me wasn’t what I intended when I first started using Twitter. Back then, I was just planning on using Twitter as a news feed [2], but the more I used it to consume content the more I tweeted as well. These are the reasons why I now prefer to tweet compared to posting on Google+.

More content to share
Twitter is a great place for information dissemination. There’s so much information on the network that I find myself retweeting quite often. Google+ is mostly a place for in-depth or critical posts, at least that’s how I use it. It’s not really a place where you spam reshares to spread information. Twitter on the other hand, is all about spreading information. It’s a positive feedback loop. There’s a lot of information on Twitter, people retweet it, which spreads it even further, and more people retweet it, and the cycle continues.

Twitter is the "voice" of the internet
I’ve noticed that when it comes to being heard on the internet, Twitter is a much better platform than Google+. It’s common now to see authors/journalists collect tweets to add to their articles to show people’s thoughts and reactions on the subject of their article. I myself had a tweet featured in an article that reported on the song Despacito being banned in Malaysia [3]. More recently, I had two of my tweets featured by a popular Malaysian website on their Facebook page [4]. I may have a lot more followers on Google+ compared to Twitter, but my tweets clearly have the potential to reach a wider audience.

It’s easier
I’ve touched on this in a previous post, but tweeting is just a lot easier than posting to Google+. Tweets are short thanks to the 140 character limit, so it doesn’t take a long time for me to compose a tweet. The Android app has app shortcuts, so from the homescreen I just long press on the Twitter app icon, select “New Tweet”, and I can compose my tweet. The Twitter app also lets me save drafts, so I can store a bunch of tweets that I’m not ready to post yet and post them later when I am.

Google+ interaction is down the drain
This is something you probably noticed if you spend a lot of time on Google+, more so if you have many followers like I do. Spam is rampant on Google+, has been for months now, and even though it is getting slightly better, the amount of high quality interaction that I’ve seen in previous years just isn’t there any longer. I get significantly more interactions from Google+ than I do Twitter, but my Twitter interactions tend to be more meaningful to me. A large part of that interaction is down to the fact that many major brands and products utilise Twitter instead of Google+. Uber Malaysia, Google Photos, HTC Malaysia, Spotify Malaysia, Maybank and CIMB bank, Nokia, even some YouTubers I follow have all interacted with me via Twitter. I’ve also had some random discussions with people on a Rotten Tomatoes post, interacted with fans of Northgard (a video game), as well as a few discussions about mobile tech. All without spam getting in the way.

A stronger Malaysian presence
Before I started using Twitter, I still had to use Facebook due to the fact that Google+ doesn’t have a lot of local content. Since using Twitter though, I’ve found myself using Facebook even less, to the point where I go several days without ever opening Facebook. On the odd day that I do, it’s just for about a minute before I’m off again. There’s a lot of local content on Twitter from local websites, and a lot of interaction from Malaysians as well. I do get some interaction on Google+ from other Malaysians, but Twitter is still better in this regard.

I’ve been a heavy Google+ user over the past few years, and while I still enjoy posting my more critical thoughts about mobile tech here, for all my other interests I pretty much just post to Twitter now. Even when it comes to mobile tech, if it’s a quick reshare with no significant input from me, it goes to Twitter. So if you enjoy my content here and actively use Twitter, you’ll find much more of my content there than you will here. I never thought this day would come, but Google+ is no longer my main social network.

[1] https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/gVM7FbvmdEB
[2] https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/UTmZz5sWwXW
[3] http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/20/media/malaysia-ban-despacito-state-media/index.html?sr=fbCNN072017malaysia-ban-despacito-state-media0104PMStory
[4] https://www.facebook.com/saysdotcom/posts/1451544631549434

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Motorola is DEAD.

Notch like an iPhone X, back design and model name like a Huawei. Motorola's identity is gone.

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This is why it's bad when Android phones mimic the iPhone X . They lose their identity and are only ever referred to as an "iPhone X-like" phone.

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"I wouldn't tolerate a notch at the top of my television or computer monitor and I'm not going to settle for one on my phone."

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I mentioned about tolerance when it comes to smartphones a few days ago¹, but we need to give due respect to all the iSheep who tolerate their iPhone not having a headphone jack which forces them to walk around with a dongle attached to their phone if they want to use their earphones.

1. https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/cxUkriWakz2

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What do you think is the main selling point of the Apple Watch? The fact that it's square instead of round, or the fact that it's Apple's smartwatch?

For context, the guy in the attached image (click to expand) believes that Apple's success in the wearable market is due to the shape of the watch, and he is wondering why Samsung hasn't followed Apple in releasing a square watch when it is "proven" to be a winner.
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The shape is the main selling point
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The brand is the main selling point
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Ladies and gentlemen, Android's biggest manufacturer.

Completely disgraceful.

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Everyone tolerates something they don't like about their phone. For me, I tolerate the terrible placement of the speaker on my OnePlus 5T. But for Pixel fans to tolerate the notch of the Pixel 3 XL? That's some next level tolerance. Even if the camera is even better than the Pixel 2, you'll be forced to look at that huge notch every single time you use the phone.

Good luck.

Related: https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/NHnfBTJZbWS
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My "open Android" days began even before I got my first Nexus. Back when I had the HTC One X, I learned how to flash custom ROMs. When I got my Nexus 5, I flashed custom kernels too. Then I installed Gravity Box. I flashed factory images when they were available. It was the "open" nature of Android which initially attracted me from iOS (among other things).

Now, I don't really need that much "openness". I don't root, I don't flash, I don't do anything to tweak my phone other than the usual custom launcher. I'm fine with how Android is, and truth be told, if Google closed Android down even more in order to make it more secure, I don't think I'd be too bothered by that.

Related: https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/hmJMfURbsVJ

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