I’m trying to formulate a sensible strategy to overhaul my net presence. The rough plan so far:
- Change my 12-year-old email address that is on every spammer’s short list
- Extract friends’ contact info from Facebook
- Delete Facebook account.
- Import FB contacts into Google & Mac
- Redirect facebook friends to current tech blog (aijazansari.com) and new personal blog.
- Find out if FB friends can subscribe to an RSS feed of my blog somehow (doesn’t seem possible any more)
- Pick up the phone and actually talk to friends more often.
The goal’s pretty obvious - I want to reclaim my data. I think I own my relationships, not FB, not Twitter, and not Google+. So far, G+ may be the most accommodating network out there - if I can export my G+ presence as easily as I can export my G+ contacts, we might have a good candidate here.
If you have any ideas or comments or experience with this, please let me know.
I’ll keep you posted.
Like so many of you, I’ve given up on Google+. Most of the people I wanted to communicate with never made the switch. In the end, having those lines of communication open with my friends was more important than the platform. G+ has been dismissively called a “Ghost Town,” and in my case, at least, that wasn’t too far from the truth.
In yesterday’s article about Google Buzz, I guessed that “the problem was that the population for whom the system was designed wasn’t necessarily the only population actually using the system.” I gave Google the benefit of the doubt:
I am certain Google tested their application thoroughly. They’ve been known to do extensive usability tests for the seemingly tiniest of changes to their web site. But even the most well-implemented tests are incomplete if they’re not performed on a statistically representative sample of the audience.
But today, the BBC reported that Google has admitted that they only tested Buzz internally, and bypassed their regular rigorous testing procedures — possibly in an attempt to get it out the door as soon as possible. I’ll let the pundits decide if it did more harm than good to the firm, but it’s a warning to other software developers: skipping testing can lead to embarrassing failures.
In the first few days after the release of Google Buzz many people (including myself) criticized Google for exposing their users’ private information. This was a couple of weeks after Apple got a lot flak for their unfortunately-named iPad, and the same week that we heard reports of a woman who broke up with her boyfriend after finding some suggestive text messages on his cell phone - messages that came pre-loaded on the phone. I think that all these cases were not caused by a lack testing, but by testing the wrong audience. Let’s examine these three cases and see what we can learn from them: