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Why I won't be using google+

Thank you for the invites. I'm not joining google+. Here's a parable to illustrate one reason why

A UNIX wizard hears cries of torment from his apprentice's computer room where the apprentice is studying, and goes to investigate.

He finds the apprentice in obvious distress, nearly on the verge of tears. "What's the problem?" he asks. "Why did you cry out?"

"It's terrible using this system. I must use four editors each day to get my studies done, because not one of them does everything."

The wizard nods sagely, and asks, "And what would you propose that will solve this obvious dilemma?"

The student thinks carefully for several minutes, and his face then lights up in delight. Excitedly, he says, "Well, it's obvious. I will write the best editor ever. It will do everything that the existing four editors do, but do their jobs better, and faster. And because of my new editor, the world will be a better place."

The wizard quickly raises his hand and smacks the apprentice on the side of his head. The wizard is old and frail, and the apprentice isn't physically hurt, but is shocked by what has happened. He turns his head to face the wizard. "What have I done wrong?" he asks.

"Fool!" says the wizard. "Do you think I want to learn yet another editor?"

Immediately, the apprentice is enlightened.

Livejournal is still the old/new Livejournal for me.


Jul. 18th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
My concern is that there will just be more redundant cross-posting to Google+. It gets annoying seeing the exact same post from friends on Livejournal, Facebook, and Twitter. Worse are updates for Facebook that get auto-crossposted to Twitter, but fall outside the 140 char limit, are truncated, and therefore effectively worthless.

I confine my posting mainly to Facebook nowadays, especially since I mostly just have random links to share anyway. More involved posting, or posts of a personal nature, go here. And I basically don't post on Twitter at all.

I'm still not even sure I know how to make a post on Google+, and have no inclination to learn.

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