Update: Now that it's live, find me here.
I'm interrupting the usual posts to bring you this EXCITING OFFER!!!
Google not only sponsors this website, they also allow you to find every speck of information on anything you could possibly ever find interesting, provide excellent e-mail service, keep you from getting too lost when you're driving someplace you've never been, and now with Google+, they're granting us an opportunity to keep up with our friends without lining the pockets of the gecko who runs facebook.
I realize that movie The Social Network was not exactly a documentary, but there's a lot about that website that has never sat well with me. It started the first time I tried to use it years ago, it spit me back out after I clicked in my registration because I wasn't a college student. the words YOU HAVE COMMITTED AN ILLEGAL ACTION WHICH SHOULD NOT BE REPEATED flashed across my screen. Alas, I did repeat the action after all my friends kicked myspace to the curb, and by then the dollar signs for Zuckerburg were enough to allow the likes of me in the door, so that he can exploit whatever personal information I might float out there and alter my privacy settings after I have to go back and set everything back to zero every couple weeks. Being there has always been a necessary evil that I tolerate because I love keeping up with my friends.
"Don't Be Evil" is google's credo, and if I ever doubted it, they won me over by featuring Will Eisner on their homepage on his birthday. Google is fun. They strike me as a group of free thinking, artistically inclined, clever, ingenious individuals. Zuckerberg strikes me as being a borderline sociopath. There's sour grapes there, sure, but google+ just feels better. You feel less dirty using it, more safe, and if there was ever a golden selling feature, it's this:
No more sharing everything with everyone all the time. I was sold as soon as I heard this alone, before I got into the other features.
The only thing I don't love about it is that right now, it's still exclusive. Until some unknown time in the future, you have to be invited in to join. This creates a sense of elitism around the product and I hate that, so I'm inviting anyone who wants in. Just e-mail me at-
-and you're in. Simple as that.
And that's it, no more plugging. Tomorrow we're back to the geeky trash.