Google+ – Why do you even exist?

Most people I know would probably be asking the same question that forms the title of this post. However, the one thing we don’t realise is that Google + is a lot more than just Google+ or G+. It’s the entire Google family.

Have you ever used Google Chrome, Google Play or YouTube? All of these require you to make a Google account, or smartly put, a Google+ account. I personally don’t even remember why and when I made one, but the only time it actually struck me was when I opened my browser window and had the Google logo modified into party mode wishing me Happy Birthday! Les-be-onest (Pitch Perfect Reference!), I was flattered for the first 5 seconds, but post that was when I started to get creeped out wondering how they remembered or even knew my birthday. And also, the fear of what else they knew. I’m not a serial killer or anything but it was still something I worried about. That’s when I noticed the Google+ logo in the corner with my ID logged in. Stupid, Anjan.

“Google says it has more than 300 million monthly users, which is more than Twitter at 240 million, but Nielsen has found people spend little time on Google Plus.” (Sloan, 2014) I have never in my life had anyone ask me if I had a Google+ account. Never. But then again, almost every single person I know uses YouTube. Well played, Google.

Reference:

Sloane, G. (2014). Google Plus Just as Popular as Twitter in U.S., Study Says. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/google-plus-just-popular-twitter-us-study-says-156645

 

Is YouTube restricting you from going global?

How often has it happened that one of your international friends from uni has shared a YouTube video on their walls which looks super hilarious or extremely interesting at the least and you click on it hoping it’s in a language you understand, and bam! There pops up a message from the bitter-sweet video portal, stating ‘This video is not available in your country’. How many of you has this happened to? I’m guessing heaps.

Being a student at Bond University automatically guarantees the fact that you will have a social circle with people from everywhere in the world. And with everyone being extremely tech-savvy, you’re probably bombarded with posts in about 4-5 different languages every single day, almost half of them being video shares, on YouTube. I’m a very social person and absolutely love learning more about different cultures and I personally feel YouTube puts a restraint on my cultural growth and enhancement by blocking videos in various countries.

They say that you learn more outside the classroom than you do in it. And that learning definitely happens via the sources we have access to in our daily lives which includes the internet. “Students with better basic Internet skills and who viewed the learning environment as promoting the use of the Internet favored using the Internet for learning.” (Hong, 2003) You can learn a lot about almost everything from YouTube, from how to open a can to how to build a boat. But if it isn’t ‘available in your country’ then how are you going to learn?

Think about it.

Reference:

Hong, K. (2003). Students’ attitudes toward the use of the Internet for learning: A study at a university in Malaysia. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.ifets.info/others/journals/6_2/5.html