I am a typical early adopter: I love to try new technology, ideas and innovations. I also love Google products: it’s my backoffice and I’m into it all – mail, calendar, docs, reader etc etc. I was therefore an early adopter of the Google+ social networking in the initial “invite only” phase.
But today I have deleted that paret of my Googlelife, simply because it offered nothing new, nothing better than what the Facebook/Twitter combination could give me. I never went to the Google+ pages, I never read G+ postings and apart from the annoying “X [whom I have never heard of has added you to their circles” email, it was off my radar: a waste of pixels.
I never really conceptualised the “circles” idea – it just seemed to be a new way of categorising people into groups which avoided someone’s intellectual property, and so therefore was not really that useful. It wasn’t helpful at all, and so I have removed just the Google+ section of my Googlelife.
If you want to do the same, but like me need/want/rely on the rest of the (working) Google stuff, then do this:
To downgrade your Google+ profile:
- Sign in to Google+ .
- Click your full name or email address in the Google bar.
- Click Account settings.
- Click the Account overview tab.
- Click Delete profile and remove associated social features.