Social Media Overload: How Has Your Social Media Usage Changed Since the Release of Google+? [Reader Feedback]

Social media overload

We’re big fans of Google+ here at 40Tech. In fact, if you follow the Twitter accounts of either 40Tech or Bobby Travis, you’ll see that we’re not posting there quite as much as we did in the past. Are we alone in the way Google+ has detracted from our ability to be as active on Twitter? Let us know how your social media usage has changed since Google+ has arrived.

Has your usage remain unchanged, and Google+ doesn’t interest you? Are you finding time for multiple services? From a personal perspective, I do find that there are only a certain number of hours in the day. My Twitter usage has suffered the most. I continue to scan my stream for headlines, so Twitter still acts as the pulse of the Internet for me in some ways. But my Twitter posting is less than it was before Google+ arrived.

My Facebook usage, on the other hand, hasn’t really changed. That’s because I use Facebook for different reasons than the other services. Facebook is strictly a vehicle to keep up with real world friends for me, and most of those friends aren’t even on Twitter or Google+.

How about you? How has your usage changed (or not changed)?

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  1. I’m a big social networking junkie! In my head (which is a scarey place to be!) I see each offering slightly different things.

    I’ve been on FB for years and keep a very tight reign on my friends list. I have about 55 friends on there. People drop on and off my list quickly if they just post rubbish. I honestly can not see why people have hundreds on people on FB. DO they really know them all?

    For twitter I am very late to the party but in the last few months I have fired off over 1,0000 tweets as I got into it. Very different to FB as it is completely public and I use if for random musing and interaction with unknowns.

    Google+ has been with me since July and I have always been a fan. For now I am collecting random followers and following unknowns. I tend to post almost everything as Public for now. It’s a struggle persuading friends to come away from FB to G+ so for now I am building up a nice group of virtual chums on G+

    I’m now off to hunt down Even on G+ ;-)

    • I have 245 friends on Facebook. About 45 are high school classmates and a bunch are family (I’m the youngest of 8 kids and also have a ton of cousins). There are quite a few co-workers I’m friendly with (very large company, and 14 years in the organization) … it begins to add up in a hurry.

      There are a handful of people that I haven’t interacted with in “real life”, but it’s a pretty small number. And in nearly all of those cases, I’ve had significant online dialogue with them. An example of this is Evan, who is one of a small handful of my readers who knows my real name.

      If I cut my list to 55, I’d be dropping some cousins :)

      However, I do block apps, so I don’t hear about everyone’s Farmville crops. But I DO want to know what happens in these people’s lives.

      • I’ve done the same with games – I block every one that pops up. I’m somewhere between the two of you, David and Kosmo. I think I have around 170-180 friends on FB. All are people I’ve met in real life, except for a handful like Kosmo and Bobby. Mine fall into a few categories: High School, College, Law School, work friends, current friends, family, online friends.

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