The last time I wrote about Google Plus, and how I rarely use it, I ended it by saying:
But, again, it’s still the almighty Google, so who knows? By this time next year I could be off FB altogether and spending all my time on G+. I guess we’ll see.
Well, here I am, over a year later, and nothing is changed. I’ve tried to be a bit more active on Google+, I want to use it more, but there’s just so little reason to. As I said before, I’ve tried posting things on G+, and get no response. I may get a single “+1” or even a comment now and then, but that’s rare. And many more times I’ve posed a question on each website, & compared reactions. Just last night I asked people their favorite scary movie, I posted it on Facebook and then immediately after on Google+. As of today, a day later, I got a dozen comments on FB, zero on G+. Heck, even earlier this morning, I posted that it started raining, and that got a few comments and “Likes” on Facebook, but nothing on Google+ And that’s the same story every other time I pose a specific question on the two sites. Currently, 810 people have added me on G+, compared to 697 on FB, but they never interact. So why should I bother? As I said before, the reason I even decided to activate my profile again, after I first deleted it, was to have one more place to post links to my blogs. But when I check my site stats, showing where my hits come from, I get more hits from links on my Pinterest and even Stumpleupon pages than I do from G+. And I’m not alone, apparently even LinkedIn beats G+ for links shared.
Now, I do get a most of my search engine hits from Google, compared to Bing or others, so Google is still a dominant force on the net but, so far, it’s not translating to activity on Google+. So it’s still possible that Google’s leverage could eventually turn G+ into that “Facebook killer” everyone originally thought it would be, but it ain’t happening anytime soon.