Just yesterday, my buddy George wrote about Google+ and the potential power of press conferences conducted with Google+’s video Hangout feature.
Beyond that, though, he was a bit down on this relatively new social platform. Rather than take the opportunity to have a substantive discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of Google+, I’m going to take this opportunity to focus on a part of Google+ that simultaneously saddens and amuses me.
When I first heard about the addition of the What’s Hot feature on Google+, I was excited. The obvious comparison is with the Trending Topics feature on Twitter, but I held out hope that Google+ would bring to the surface more meaningful or substantive content. Alas, What’s Hot on Google+ is a mix of:
- barely funny photos or other oddities reminiscent of the stuff your grandma forwards to everyone he knows
- barely impressive photos that are only impressive because they’ve been so highly processed they can’t help but be eye-catching
- barely interesting news from Google and its many tentacles
Every once in a while, though, I see things that are truly amusing or truly interesting. Or just truly weird. In that spirit — that scatter-brained spirit — I’m going to share a few of my favorite (sometimes for real favorite, sometimes facetious favorite) What’s Hot on Google+ items. Enjoy.
Via Gary Whitta, a really creepy human-like robot:
Via Jessica Wood, grammar geekery! (Doesn’t take very advanced grammar skills to catch that one, though.)
Via Tarah Gaa, a bizarre fashion trend. I would pay money to see one of my stylish colleagues wear these around the office.
Via Michael Cuffe, a totally rad art installation.
And last but most certainly not least, my very favorite…
God bless Google+.