Happy One Month Birthday my dear little G+ (Google+)!
Here is a sexy Happy Birthday song for you! :)
My dear G+ (aka Google+),
I hope you will forgive me in not liking you when you were only 2 days old! Silly old me thought you were just like your time wasting siblings Google Wave and Buzz. But, at one month, you turned out cuter than I thought initially and I am willing to wait a little before declaring you “the best thing since slice bread”, “you suck” or “somewhere in betwen”! :)
(note: After my personal greetings, you will see some excerpts of Birthday Wishes and Birthday Minuses from around the web.)
I’ve read one of your many parents Andy Hertzfeld‘s G+ contribution and even his clarification. And will soon find some time to watch your beautiful birthing video ala Steven Levy‘s “Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social“.
You see, I have also started calling you my Lovemark which is much cooler than the boring old school brand. Being called a Lovemark comes with great responsibility. I know you are too young to remember the 1985 Coca-Cola‘s (an indisputable Lovemark) crazy New Coke debacle but it is one lesson in brand management that you have to learn in pre-school. We, the millions of users, are now in control and will be actively shaping your destiny. YOU better listen to our complains and our wishes very carefully.
Please tell your parents (i.e. Goolge), if they mess you up or worst “cancel” you, then their credibility in providing “tools” in general, will be damaged seriously, possibly beyond repair. Three strikes in rapid succession, why should anyone trust Google any more? I may be naive, but I am not that stupid!
Anyway, on your one month birthday, I hope to publish two articles to share my general & technical insights of G+ Hangouts with KOMU anchor Sarah Hill and others.
My dear G+, you are only one month old, I am willing to give you time to grow, learn and to be helpful to people. I can’t help but want to use this particular Marshall McLuhan quote when I think of you today.
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan
With Love and here is a sexy Happy Birthday,
P.S. Interesting to include this Mashable article, “Google+ Hangouts: 4 Creative Ways People Are Using Group Video Chat”
Again, allow me to use two of my favourite forecast-related quotes by Edgar R. Fiedler from my quotes I love collection,
“The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.” and;
“If you have to forecast, forecast often.”
Here are some excerpts of Birthday Wishes and Birthday Minuses from around the web.
TechCrunch, “Sophomore Slump? One Month In, Google+ Sees A Traffic Minus”
“While it’s totally circumstantial, my own observations and usage seem to support this data as well. Read the rest of this entry »