I’ve never been able to get my head around Google Plus. Facebook is largely where I go for not-work things, Twitter and LinkedIn for work stuff. I store my photos privately in Google +, but only because I’ve used Picasa for a few years. I have been known to refer to G+ as the “social network for Googlers”, and that’s not that far from the truth. I can’t even decide on how to write the name of the blessed thing.
But until today I hadn’t been able to articulate why I couldn’t get on with G+. Now I can, and it’s illustrated in the image above. It’s given me multiple personalities based on email accounts, and I just don’t want that.
I’ve got quite a few email accounts these days. There’s my legacy @gmail.com one that I’ve had since 2009. My personal @mattballantine.com one that I use for not work things. And my @stamplondon.co.uk one that I use for some work things. Then I have a handful of accounts that clients have given me over the last year, one of which also (along with the three above) runs on Google.
Having multiple email identities is fine. But having email accounts defining your social network account identity isn’t. On something like LinkedIn or Facebook I can have multiple email accounts associated with my social network presence. On G+ one gmail account deliveres one more social network identity. And that simply doesn’t work.
It wasn’t, though, until G+ recommended that I connect with myself because we have me in common that I realised why G+ doesn’t work for me. Now I know.