I know for a fact that Google is looking at Facebook and twitter links, and now it want's to put a lot more accent on human opinion in their ranking system. Think that Google+ should be a third social media discussion!
Appreciate that - probably not a question that will have a good answer, but worth a shot. I run a quite active forum myself, so fairly familiar with the shenanigans :) Thanks for cleaning the thread up though.
One should not encourage bullies..Larry is bullying with the pushing of G+..and as regards WebmasterWorld..the G+ button is on every page ( in spite of the privacy issues that the loading of it via jscript and the subsequent identifying ability that it gives to G vis a vis our "nicks" ) ..and yet it is hardly ever used..
Look at any thread here ..do you see enthusiasm for G+ ..does the button get used ? ..No..
Ignore it ( G+ ) and it will eventually go away ..and if Sergey or Eric were to grow some, and tell Larry that you catch more flies with attractive honey than by pushing their faces in the jar of "I have a mountainously sugary party too"..then G+ would maybe become something other than Larry's sulky wannabee alternative, to the party that nearly everybody is at, but which he ain't the host of..
The fact that pinterest has come from nowhere and got traction, and began after G+, and with non of the "push" and "insistence" and to be honest, "coercion" that Larry has put behind G+ ..
Speaks libraries, not just volumes, about how wrong Mr Pages approach to "social" is..
Only a tiny minority of the users of the internet and of any forum are interested in G+..
The G+ buttons and their "non use" here just show how unappealing it is ..his numbers are only what they are due to the sign ups of new android phones and tablets ( which unless you already have a Google account, give you / force you.. a G+ account to get your device to connect to any Google app or the "market" /"play" )..
Strong arming "signups" is not the way to get willing participants..and the number of dormant and unused G+ accounts shows this to be true..
It certainly doesn't merit the "cred" that a dedicated forum here would give it..
If it wasn't Larry's very own "Idea" ..it would have been shut already and the VP responsible fired, or sent to be the new ASA here..:)
I, for one, much rather spend my time on G+ than on Pinterest which in my opinion classifies as a bookmarking tool, not a social one.
I prefer G+ over Twitter because it isn't hung up on stupid 140 character restrictions.
I prefer it over FB because it's a better way of networking. And I'll take Google's approach to privacy over FB's any day of the week.
I get much better engagement from G+ than other networks and find it far less spammy than any others as well (maybe because you lot can't be bothered working it out yet).
I have almost as many people following me on G+ now as I do on Twitter and have achieved that in a fraction of the time.
I feel most of the complaints about G+ are actually more old fashioned tall poppy syndrome than seriously considered arguments. And probably a good bit of sour grapes to go with it.
As an online marketer, I don't really care how the users are signed up to these services. I care about how to reach them to drive them to MY sites. There's plenty of people on G+ and they are worth marketing to as much as any other network.
Just because you don't *get* it, doesn't mean you should actively stop other people from trying to.
As I said, if the scores on the G+ buttons here is anything to go by ..the majority here are not interested..
btw ..the BBC does not have a G+ button ..it has all the others..the BBC is one of the biggest and most visited destinations on the web..and they too think, G+ ..meh..
I don't do social ( FB Twitter etc )..and only have accounts to defend my companies names being registered by others..
Compared to the other social networks there are not plenty of people registered with G+ ..especially if you discount the ones forced into registration when firing up an android device for the first time ..without them you can cut his numbers back by at least 80% , which means that the growth of active G+ accounts has stopped and his "active" numbers, are "actively" going backwards / downwards.. ..
There were many well researched articles ( not sour grapes ) on many tech sites about "Larry's G+ numbers" and forced G+ sign ups via first time android sign ups, around the end of January early February of 2012
You can start a "how to market to G+ circle" inside of Larry's party..you'll find far more "believers" there..all 10 of them..
So far in my Twitter stream people are talking about their Pinterest accounts, and the few who joined G+ are talking about abandoning or closing those accounts because of tumbleweed. I don't think G+ merits its own forum yet, because there are too many other social networks that are more prominent.
Another vote for a Google+ forum here. If there is one for Pinterest then surely G+ should be represented? I am battling at my work to get G+ accounts online (they already are there for Twitter and Facebook). Of course if G+ manages to influence Google SERPs enough then more people would take notice.