Are you a lady? Do you use Google+?
Well if a new piece on Wired is anything to go by, then you're in the minority. It reckons that the network was likely designed by blokes who've never lived with the fairer sex and is not very female friendly.
A couple of months back, Emma asked me and the guys to make sure we put our Google+ profiles up here. I made the point that I never use Google+ but was happy to do it anyway. And in not using it very often at all, I don't think I'm the only one.
OK, so it's not as spectacular a turkey as, say, Google Buzz or Google Wave. But the fact of the matter is, does anyone actually bother with Google+? Apparently, of those that do, the composition is double men to women.
This all came out of a panel at Google I/O last week which was set up to look at how web pages should be designed to better appeal to women. Jess Lee, a web entrepreneur had this to say on the matter:
“I think the seed of that community is very very important. Polyvore was seeded on fashion forums. Google+ was actually seeded with Google employees, so it was tech, and honestly mostly male. That’s part of how it grew — those people invited their friends. Facebook started at colleges… It’s all about the seed, and the seed for Google+ was different.”
“It probably just needs an overhaul. It’s a UI thing.” added another.
And Pinterest employee, Tracy Chou said: “You have to start somewhere. And if you do well with it you can start figuring out adjacent areas to move into and grow from there. I’m sure when Wikipedia started it was not a comprehensive collection of articles about all topics.”
To be fair to Google, it has tried to aggressively push Google+. But it's trying to survive in a world that is already saturated by the two big social networks. Even with the clout it has, Google will struggle to get to that level in the current climate.
What do you reckon? Time to ditch it? Or do you actively use Google+? Let us know.