One of my circles on Google+ has 43 people in it.
Last night this circle became my test group for a one day “health” check. Yes, this is a very small, decidedly unscientific sample size. However, I would characterize the people in this specific circle as being very active in the use of social media. Most of them would certainly fall into the top 2% of the Twitter population driving the vast, vast majority of tweets on a daily basis, and they would be considered early adopters by their peers. They come from a variety of different industries, including real estate, mortgage, advertising, marketing, and software development.
Yesterday on Google+ this group of 43 very active socia media users posted a total of 7 status updates. For the sake of this anecdotal, unscientific study, a status update could be a text-only update, a link, a photo or a video. Two of the updates came from a single person, so only 6 of the 43 people (14%) posted an update today. 4 of the 7 status updates attracted some form of attention, resulting in 6 +1′s and 8 comments. That includes the +1′s on comments.
This same group of 43 people posted 63 updates on Facebook today. 34 of these 43 people posted an update on Facebook (all but one engaged in some activity on Facebook, but that activity didn’t result in a status update as defined here), and 45 of the 63 updates got some form of attention. This attention resulted in 221 likes and 215 comments, not including likes on comments. I did the counting at almost midnight, so this only includes interaction from yesterday.
Why did I do this? After reading “Is Google+ Down For The Count,” I decided to see for myself if Google+ was indeed the “ghost town” one person quoted in the post claimed it to be. I chose this group for obvious reasons – if any of my circles were going to be actively using Google+, it was going to be this group.
But they weren’t. At least not yesterday.
I think it’s WAY too early to be talking about the death of Google+. That said, I’m just not feeling love for it. I’m not sure why. It’s a beautiful UI. I like the features. Hangouts are cool. And if I and the 43 people in this circle are not getting a ton of interaction there, it’s because we’re not GIVING a ton of interaction there. That’s how social works. And I should probably go spend some more time there, but I’m just not that into it.
Others might be feeling the same:
What’s your experience?