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Where do you post most often? Your profile or in communities?

I've realized something recently. I've likely been giving the false impression to many people who have circled me that I'm not using G+ much. Its my own fault.

I've been trying to put my posts in front of the most relevant audiences possible so I've been adding them to communities on a regular basis. As a result, anyone who has me circled me and has not joined the same communities never sees my posts. 

I've toyed with the settings that permit my community posts to populate into my public profile, but you'd only see those if you click on my profile, which is a lot to ask in my opinion. So this isn't much of a solution.

The result is I get pretty good engagement on posts because I place them in the relevant communities, but I've essentially abandoned those who follow me. 

But is this a bad thing? If you are not joining the same communities as I am, doesn't that mean our interests are not likely aligned? Or is expecting anyone to join a community just to see a post not a fair expectation?

I'm just not sure what's better? To build up a following and only post publicly. Or to post relevant posts in communities and strike up interest in that manner. It's a shame it has to be either/or.

What do you think?
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+Dwala Farmer exactly. I had exactly the same analogy when first time thinking about that. Going outside and shout something.. Is that regular option to communicate? Will you engage much or meaningful communications by this way? I don't think so. Speaking with someone or with circles being outside is still private option IMHO
(just others may watch you). So, yes you must have a way to have something on your public profile but I still not accepting sharing to "public". Its unrealistic. But adopted just because the system is wrong.
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Do you find the prospects of Google Glass as exciting as I do?

I'm curious what people are thinking? For me, if these glasses do nothing more than offer a private screen than I am sold on the idea. Just being able to watch a movie or read email on a private screen that can appear any size seems to be an almost immeasurable value. Adding in the ability to record events as I see them and I'm just blown away by the potential of these things. All the other stuff like GPS and hands free smart phone apps is just icing on the cake.

I really don't care if its Google, Samsung, Sony, Apple, or whoever it is though. As long as someone comes out a functioning pair of glasses that accomplishes some of these basics I don't see how they won't sell. These are exciting times.
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Another simple no. Unexcitement here as well.
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I have no idea about the meaning or significance of App usage, but I find it interesting that G+ is already the 4th most used App in the world.
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+Marc Razia I agree, that was pretty cool to see :-)

+Brendan Thesingh Remember this is people that used the app once in a month. If there's a billion smartphone users, I'm not surprised that 300M opened Google+ once a month, especially since it comes pre-installed on most Android phones and there's a lot of other uses for G+, like the photo auto-upload system.
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Why do people complain about getting  G+ when they sign up for Gmail but no one ever complains about getting Calender or Drive?
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It's a variation of self-serving cognitive bias where they selectively evaluate general information in a way that is beneficial to their interests (or in this case, an exclusion based on disinterest).

It could also be a protective mechanism. If they have a subconscious allegiance to and emotional investment in a competing product or service, they would feel the need to reject something new or different in order to preserve their psychological identity and reassure themselves they make good or better choices than others. Think Google+ vs FB, Android vs iPhone, etc. File storage is relatively less competitive or controversial, so there is less social gain or claim to being "cooler" if you use or denounce Drive vs Dropbox vs whatever.

Complaining is also a way to mentally regain a false sense of power over the Big G whom they might feel is "forcing" them to join Google+. It's like being in a relationship where they enjoy Gmail but dislike G+, and instead of going elsewhere, they unwillingly accept the terms and become bitter or passive-aggressive, seeking to complain at every opportunity they get to make themselves feel better. This is similar to leaving a bad review "to stick it to the man" with the sole purpose of satisfying a feeling of vengeance. My guess is, there is more emotional reaction to something used for social connections and relationships than there is for something that just appears to be inert, like GCal or Drive.

(Or quite possibly, they just like to whine.)
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This may not describe everyone's experience on Facebook, but this post sure describes a lot of people I know. Does this sound familiar to you?
 
The 9 stages of Facebook exodus

1. Frustration slowly sets in with the quality of social interactions on Facebook, though it isn't always felt. The assumption that something must be wrong with you prevails as the unspoken reason for the poor quality of these interactions. Trying harder to be more likable and funny without being obvious about it becomes your goal.

2. Realization sets in that you met your Facebook contacts more often by living near them or being related to them and less often by having similar interests and passions. It's not that you don't love them, it's just that they don't necessarily want to know about your political views or the contents of your healthy breakfast, and you don't necessarily want to know about their skiing techniques and religious ponderings. Trying harder to be more likable and funny without offending anyone with your views or boring anyone with your interests becomes your goal.

3. Realization sets in that because all your Facebook contacts see your posts, it limits what you're willing to post about for fear of offending or boring half of them. Trying harder to be more likable and funny in a way that appeals to all your Facebook contacts becomes your goal.

4. Realization sets in that everyone else on Facebook is trying really hard to be likeable and funny, except for that one guy who annoyingly and intentionally posts inflammatory material. You never liked that guy, but you met him once at a thing, so you added him. Removal of jerks from your Facebook contacts becomes...increasingly tempting.

5. Frustration with the quality of social interactions on Facebook becomes readily apparent and sharply felt. You no longer assume this to be your fault, but you want to do something about it anyway. You bravely decide to be more honest and real with your Facebook contacts about your opinions, views, and interests! You post all the things with candor and insight!

6. This backfires, because you are not likable or funny enough to express your opinions, views, and interests without offending and/or boring half of your Facebook contacts. A few people un-add you.

7. Crushed, you decide to stay on Facebook and continue posting likable and humorous content in an effort to repair your tarnished Facebook social standing, but your heart is no longer in it. You now use Facebook merely as a tool to mark the noteworthy occasions in your friends' and family's lives: weddings, birthdays, parties, vacations, births, engagements, and the like.

8. You take your once-brave heart elsewhere on the Internet. And so, you've already left Facebook, leaving behind a soulless shell of a profile with which you update your contacts on the major events in your own life.

9. Eyes to the horizon, heart full of hope, you remember hearing of magical places where your views, interests, and opinions would be validated and/or challenged respectfully, where people self-organize into like-minded groups around shared interests, where being passionate about the things you're passionate about is OK, rewarded even. Seeking out and identifying new opportunities for finding and engaging with interesting people around compelling ideas and common interests becomes your goal. And so you act on it. 
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I'm starting to get the feeling that a lot of folks at Google are Isaac Asimov fans...
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The YouTube Fuss This Week may be Overblown...
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+James Starks I agree with your sentiment on this one...I just don't think enough people among the billion+ users of YouTube agree (or even notice) to make this point of view matter on the whole.
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I am constantly amazed how many people still persist in denying G+ is being used.

There are now over 50 celebrities with over a million followers each on G+, so millions of people use it to follow people the same way they do on Twitter. 
 
There are numerous special interest communities with 100,000+ members regularly posting and commenting, so people use it to share and discuss their interests. 
 
There are millions of public photos with comments easily found by doing a search on G+, so millions are using it to share content (and that doesn't even account for what is shared privately). 

These are all things anyone can verify for themselves. So implying its unused is just ignorant. But alas, some people are just more interested in getting in the last word than they are in finding out for themselves. 
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+Marc Razia I am a member of quite a few communities which is one aspect of Google+ that I really enjoy. Part of the noise problem is that by default each of these communities will add some posts to my main feed which I have now turned off for most of them. I like the idea of adding family member via email address and will also give that a go.
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I'm sure you've seen the articles this week projecting G+ to surpass Facebook by 2016, and who knows if that's even close to reality or not, but this just cracks me up...

...if you view the comments section, you will see there are still folks out there insistent on telling us the activity we experience on G+ must not exist. I tried to explain it, but was ultimately put in my place being labeled a Google fanboy. Are we imagining all this activity?
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Truth may be that others are seeing activity but no one in my social circles are on and active in Google+. I have a hard time believing G+ will surpass Facebook this decade.
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I'm a tech junkie,plain and simple. I love the fact that huge corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook are war with each other.and we consumers ultimately have the final say on who wins. Particularly intriguing to me is assessing the meaning and potential implications of the changes in all this technology...which now seems to happen on almost a daily basis. 

As much as I'd like to post on a regular basis, I just don't have the time. But if I find an idea intriguing enough or something that just needs to be said, I'll write about it.

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