Google+ and Social Media Elitism

So, one of the memes I'm seeing floating around in response to Google+ is how you don't need to reciprocate when people add you to their circles. Some are saying this is a great thing. Really, social media experts?

I'm going to throw down and say that the only reason you wouldn't reciprocate in Google+ is because you are a social media elitist.

Sure, people will rebut with all kinds of reasons they are on Google+ and don't need to reciprocate circles. Ridiculous. No one is on Google+ because they couldn't find friends or sort content on another platform. Some may be there just to experiment. But anyone who plans to stay and is not adding back people to circles is exhibiting an "I'm so big I don't need to pay attention to the people who add me" attitude. We've seen it on Twitter forevers.

The great thing about Google+ is that you don't automatically know what circles people are putting you in. Someone you don't know adds you? Put them in a "New People" circle. My most interesting circle right now is "People I Don't Know." Folks quickly move from that to other circles as I get to know them, and new people join it. Sure, play around with Plus, but if you're not going to add people to your circles, the network doesn't really need you.

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  • @hazquetesigan tweeted link to this page. 2011-09-03 07:26:54 -0400
    Sobre el elitismo en las #redessociales http://t.co/a6ggUgR. ¿Verdaderas redes o nuevos canales de publicidad corporativa y autobombo?:
  • @gipsyjules tweeted link to this page. 2011-09-03 07:26:00 -0400
    Sobre el elitismo en las #redessociales http://t.co/SuEeDQA. ¿Verdaderas redes o nuevos canales de publicidad corporativa y autobombo?
  • commented 2011-07-10 19:48:54 -0400
    If I’ve not reciprocated by adding people to a circle, it’s usually because I’ve been off the network for a few hours or more at a time. I just logged back in to + and saw that 98 new people are “sharing” with me. This happens about every day or so.

    I am still new at all of this even though I’ve been using it since the day the network went active and I was invited by a friend. But I do know that the best way to get to know others has been through posts I comment on/get comments for, and in hangouts where I visit with new people.
  • @w0lfskin mentioned @adrielhampton link to this page. 2011-07-04 23:38:00 -0400
    "The only reason you wouldn't reciprocate in #GooglePlus is because you are a #SocialMediaElitist." - @adrielhampton http://t.co/SvE7F89
  • @antoniowhite tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-04 14:24:04 -0400
    Love the "people I don't know" idea Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/ooE3AZL
  • @ tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 19:22:22 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/D531CAz
  • @thomaspower tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 16:46:47 -0400
    Google and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/Dr7Y5Wc http://ff.im/-Hcelu
  • @seeintangibles tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 16:32:35 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/IYkQWSk
  • @Divalici0us tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 16:17:20 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/LnQ5IGm via @adrielhampton
  • @Wise_Diva retweeted @adrielhampton 2011-07-03 16:08:39 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism http://t.co/dUeLQqW
  • commented 2011-07-03 16:08:16 -0400
    Wow, not sure what to say. On Twitter, I have never followed as many people as follow me. Currently I follow about 300 and have 3500 followers or so. If I did, I would actually lose out on seeing the tweets that I wanted to see. What’s the point of a social network if it isn’t to represent your, well social network. If others want to listen in and be a fly on the wall, then that is fine with me. But I am unclear how a rush to add people for the sake of gaining followers benefits me. And since this is the motive of so many that follow me, I would only be playing that very game if I automatically reciprocated.

    Thankfully on Google+ it is easier to reciprocate but seriously, now my default stream and more annoyingly, my stream on my phone is full of posts of people I know nothing about nor share very little with in terms of topics of interest. So, now my stream does not represent my social network nor is useful for me to be able to get the information and updates that I actually DO want to get from those I care about. [like you. :)]

    HOWEVER, as soon as Google allows me to change my stream default so that I can pick certain circles to be my aggregate stream on all my devices, then I am much more likely to follow you. Because then I can also ignore you just as easily when I am trying to see what my friends are doing in the beautiful OKC.

    Very thoughtful topic… Appreciate you breaking the ice from this perspective.
  • commented 2011-07-03 15:52:24 -0400
    I agree with your sentiments , and thankfully most ‘networkers’ do reciprocate on being added to a circle .

    I have a circle called ‘Who are you’ , into which I had people who I cannot remember connecting with (temporarily you understand)

    This leaves the rest to be broadcasters , some are good – others simply self important
  • commented 2011-07-03 15:49:05 -0400
    The Google + privacy terms are not readily available. When I found out the terms on other Google social projects, I ended up emptying my Google Profile and abandoning the platform. I’d rather take a stepwise approach to this platform since I see some potential.

    I’m only inviting people that I am already connected with in one way or another. If we follow each other on Twitter then that’s plenty reason for me to add someone.

    Sure, some are holding back for elitist reasons, because that’s part of their strategy.

    By the way, I appreciate your proactive approach to inviting folks and getting things going.
    ~JesseLuna
  • @Genuine tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 15:47:18 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/0wdBlZ1
  • @strawberrysingh mentioned @adrielhampton link to this page. 2011-07-03 15:46:45 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/LnQ5IGm via @adrielhampton
  • @MurrayBuchanan mentioned @adrielhampton link to this page. 2011-07-03 15:45:35 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism :: http://t.co/rg7zEMv by @adrielhampton #SM #IN
  • @DavidCruiseSF retweeted @adrielhampton 2011-07-03 15:45:27 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism http://t.co/dUeLQqW
  • @joshs tweeted link to this page. 2011-07-03 15:41:42 -0400
    Google+ and Social Media Elitism - Adriel Nation http://t.co/YsnTraB
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