Social Security

The social network endgame scenario will occur when everyone is on everyone else’s follow list. At that point, we might as well re-embrace privacy. (Remember that?)

Which begs the question: Why do people follow someone else on Google+ when they already follow them on Facebook and Twitter?

Simple. It’s human nature to crave acceptance and seek validation. Online social currency is a form of that. Either that, or it’s another means of cyber-stalking a person where ever they go.

My guess is that it’s a little bit of both. What say ye?


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  • Ben AveryReply
    August 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

    For me, the thing with Ggogle+ was to be on it for when everyone else gravitates to it. But what I’ve seen is that right now, Google+ exactly echoes my Twitter account. So I guess I’m just squatting and waiting to see if this replaces Twitter and Facebook the same way Myspace (something I never did) was abandoned for Facebook.

  • RaulReply
    August 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The whole thing does seem to be getting silly. I liked this post. I retweeted, and +1ed it. Just to be safe.

  • SeamusReply
    August 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I have to agree with Ben. I was MySpace to start with and when I moved to FB (before MySpace went south) I ended up creating the same friend list and for the same reason Ben stated…..So you had everyone when the former network lost favor.

    On G+ I am doing the same thing, adding my friends as they get there so if it replaces FB I already have many of my friends on my list.

  • kaitouReply
    August 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I never really used FB (even though I have an account). Twitter and G+ are different in that twitter tends to be more brief and more prone to 2-(or more)-way conversations and random comments and you only see all parts if you follow everyone. G+ is more for world or groups mini-blogs with optional discussion visible by everyone who can see the original post. About the only thing I’d post in both is global announcements that I don’t expect replies to (e.g., “new comic is up”); otherwise, I’d post to whichever is more appropriate.

  • JimReply
    October 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    As yet, I get posts in my G+ circles from about two people, one of whom posts about 20 things a day. But I dutifully double-post things there and Facebook.

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