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We were frustrated with Facebook. Tired of the terrible blog comments. Wanted more control and more features. For a brief period of time, we thought we had it. Google Plus was the future, but now it is the past.
Google Plus is now five years old and for the most part, a ghost town. Google was thinking they could make a better social media platform. Technically they did, however social media is about who is there. I had amazing conversations on Google Plus about very technical things. Google Plus was made by engineers for engineers. Facebook was so damn simple even my Mom could use it, and that is why they won.
Facebook is incredibly sticky. It is made for the masses and made to conquer the world by feeding in to the narcissism of our time. Cat videos, baby pictures and 5 year old obituaries flow like water. Grandma is there. Your neighbors are there. That high school classmate that you can barely remember is there. It is what we want and Facebook knows it.
Will something new take over? Maybe. Chances are Facebook will buy it first. My guess is a shift to something like VR gives a new platform a chance which is why Facebook bought Oculus Rift.
I will miss Google Plus. Today I decided to stop posting there. Not because it isn’t a technical great social media site, but parading down the street of a ghost town just seems like a waste of time.
I was very excited about the idea of the Smartwatch. When the Pebble hype started on Kickstarter, I backed them by putting my money where my mouth was and ordered a Pebble. It took several months to finally ship to me, but I was still very excited when I received it. Initially, I thought the killer app was going to be notifications on the watch, the idea that you could screen important notifications before you pulled your phone out of your pocket would free up more of my time. The problem is, you have to clear it off your watch now and it just seemed easier to go ahead and do it in one spot, your phone.
The Pebble was nice, especially the battery life which was about a week. I would only hook it up to clunky charger once a week. About a year later I jumped into an Android smartwatch, the LG G-Watch which was large and ugly, but compared to the Pebble was very sleek and beautiful. The Android Wear watch was much more powerful, in color and had a touch screen, such an upgrade from the Pebble. The big drawback was the battery life, of course. I could barely keep the watch going for an entire day, I would have to take it off and charge it up every night, the charger was worse than the Pebble. I even had to send the first one back because the charging contacts on the back stopped working. The apps didn’t really do anything. There were a couple of games that my niece and nephew would love to play at a family dinner, but I would rarely play, because I always had my phone on me.
So, I haven’t had a smartwatch on my wrist for almost a year. They are both in the drawer with all my other old discarded tech. So much promise, but it seems a solution looking for a problem.
When the news broke about the terror attacks in Paris, I found out about it on Twitter. I flipped on ABC to watch the live news and then checked Facebook to see what other people were saying. Nothing. It had been at least 20 minutes since the first reports and nothing. There were plenty of posts about junk news and dog pictures, but no conversation. I then went over to the feeds section and clicked on friends. It was nothing but posts about Paris and people trying to talk about it. Facebook has to get better at giving us a place to have a conversation about breaking news. This was a huge failure for Facebook in my eyes. They have to do a better job letting us have a conversation about what is happening in the world.
We know the PS5 will be here December 2020, but what new features should be included? Sony could request all new games natively support keyboards and mice because crossplay will be available. Another addition to crossplay would be to allow Discord integration so everyone could easily chat between systems. There are now so many apps available that letting an app use a popup feature like a Twitter reply, for example. Game streaming has become really popular as well. Sony should include overlay integration with the most popular chat systems. This would encourage more game streaming. Finally, the PS5 should include a Google Chromecast hardware which would allow hundreds of apps to immediately be able to use the console. I would love to hear your ideas for the PS5, leave me a response.