Just posted this somewhere answering to someone that doesn't like Social Networks because of the over-share.
"That may be true (name removed), some people do over-share.
But, yes, there is a but.
The control of what you are exposed to, is in your hands. If you find a person shares obnoxious, remove it from your reading. Done.
I am an avid Social Networks user. I have a Twitter account, Facebook and Google+, along with many others I simply don't log into anymore. Yes, it is true that trying to have a meaningful conversation on Twitter, using 140 characters is sometimes impossible. Yes, it is true that the amount of non-sense travelling by our eyes is insane. Yes, Facebook users have a tendency to post platitudes and old-old-old jokes that can make you cringe for the waste of resources, time and effort.
When I first joined Google+, I was ready to have a Facebook#2, everything indicated that.
What I found is that the Google guys managed to create a very different beast. You see, Google+ isn't a social network. It doesn't pretend to emulate your IRL (In Real Life) social interaction. It is an Identity Platform. What does that mean? It is a place where you can show who you are. Define yourself in a multitude of aspects. Discuss whatever subject you are interested in. Along the way, people with the same interests will comment and participate.
There is no obligations to reciprocate, you can start posting about what you like, and as long as you make it Public, you'll never need to read anyone else. Somehow it will be hard to find you in the midst of thousands of great and interesting articles my stream shows me everyday. To help with that they adopted the genius of the #hashtags
. Use them to join a search for a specific subject. And searched it will be, some time or other. Eventually it will be commented upon, perhaps even shared, read and spread. All the while, you are not reading anyone.
Of course, you can add people to your reading list, with a couple of clicks, without waiting for them to allow you, and, removing them with the same ease if they don't contribute to your day.
I've found that the more people I am reading, the more interesting things I am exposed to. The more I am able to share "interesting" stuff. Also, I am exposed to more non-sense, but, that is part of the game. The game is finding the pearls in the mud, the needles in the hay. And you do.
As with almost anything in life, if we get stuck looking at what doesn't please us, we miss the things we like.
Unabashedly not sorry for the long post. Hope you read it."
What do you