I once predicted that stink bugs would take over the world and make us their bitches.
I no longer believe that. Now I think it will be Google.
Not only does Google reign supreme in its online presence, it also has its hand in virtually every aspect of the blogging world, from Blogger and Feedburner to Reader, Analytics, and Page Rank. And last year, it rolled out Google +, the social media equivalent of a Facebook/Twitter lovechild that was supposed to be The Next Big Thing.
Except it wasn’t.
I was among the first wave of social media geeks to join G+ when it was introduced last summer. But other than a few blogging buddies with whom I was already connected on Twitter and Facebook, the only people I found there were strange men who kept adding me to their circles.
Furthermore, I found virtually no social engagement whenever I visited my page. It was like standing in the middle of a desolate, slightly ominous warehouse and shouting, “Hellooooo!” only to hear my own voice echo back.
And on top of all that, it was yet another social media site to manage.
So, I deleted my account. And no matter how many “experts” tell me I need to go back because Google is
strong-arming people into using their inferior product granting G+ users priority in social searches, I’m standing my ground. Power to the people!
(I also find it a wee bit hypocritical that Google will penalize a blogger’s page rank for including follow links and/or sponsored content, but will promote sites that use G+ over those that don’t. Just sayin’.)
Unfortunately, however, I’m not able to thwart all of Google’s evil attempts at world domination. Case in point: This whole business about Google discontinuing their Google Friend Connect (GFC) widget on non-Blogger blogs such as this one.
Simply put, this means that if you currently subscribe to What She Said via GFC (as many of my readers do), then you will no longer receive my updates as of March 1, 2012, unless you re-subscribe using another option. And since March 1st is also my birthday, it would make me very sad to suddenly lose a good chunk of my readership.
So, here are your options:
- If you prefer to do your blog-stalking by Reader, then I encourage you to re-subscribe to What She Said via RSS feed.
- If you prefer to have your favorite reads delivered straight to your inbox, then you’ll want to re-subscribe by e-mail.
- And for the commitment-phobes who aren’t quite ready to take this relationship to the subscription level, I always share new posts on Facebook and Twitter.
But not Google +. Because while I can certainly be a bitch, I refuse to be Google’s bitch.
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How do you prefer to read your favorite blogs? And what do you think of Google+?