Monday, December 10, 2012
Google Plus Thinks I am a Teen Girl
I got a Google Plus account around the time it first came out. It hasn't seemed to really take off, as I only have two Google Plus contacts who actually post anything. The rest is random posts that Google thinks I am probably interested in. The problem is that most of these posts lately have led me to believe that Google thinks I am an angsty teenage girl.
I was telling my friend Jess about this one night, describing the various teen girl posts that were showing up in my feed. Generally cute Instagrammy pictures of hearts (with the old timey filters OF COURSE) with some quote about "love" on them, like "one day you'll wake up and realize that the perfect person for you was in front of your face the whole time" or my personal favourite lame quote to hate on, "life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take but by the moments that take our breath away" blah blah blah and then all the teen girls would comment and be like "OMG this is soooo true, I realized I love my next door neighbour but he doesn't like me back :(" "This is exactly what love is all about, I should know, I have the perfect bf" etc.
The next morning I checked Google Plus to see if there were any new developments in teen girl culture. Sure enough:
SEE WHAT I MEAN?
Okay, Google Plus actual users, I know. I haven't subscribed to actual feeds I'd be interested in seeing so this is half my fault. HOWEVER, I got a Gmail knowing full well this meant Google now had permission to basically read my emails so they could target advertising to me. So what are they reading my emails for if they aren't going to give me some interesting suggested Google Plus feeds?
Come on, Google. Get with it. Start reading my emails and Google Reader subscriptions and give me some actual relevant Google Plus suggested posts! Show me some cool things to buy! Otherwise, what was the point of gaining that permission if you're not actually using it?