Critique: Google+

Critique: Google+

Google+ offers an interesting platform with which to connect with your social community. This includes people you already know but also those you do not know but have similar interests with. It provides a way to connect with larger communities that do not necessarily exist in your geographic location, for example: people who enjoy in photographing children’s toys staged in a real setting. Google+ provides a place where such passions can be displayed and shared with others who have the same soft spot. The fruit of this meeting of the minds can then be followed by other users. Google+ offers an exciting space where like-minded people can encounter and inspire each other. This is also enjoyable for those who act as an audience.

Previous criticisms of Google+ were that if you signed up for a Gmail address you were forced to also have a Google+ account. This is no longer the case. As well, Google+ requires a lot of personal information to open an account which is dubious coming from a company that then sells this data for targeted advertising. In general, it is good practice to give as little information as possible to these types of services because you do not necessarily know what is done with it. Having to use your real name and the fact that you can follow anybody on Google+ without them having to accept you can provide perfect ground for anyone who wants to stalk someone. It can be done without the user knowing. Thus, it is important to take steps to protect your identity while benefiting from the service.

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