So there’s this thing called Google+. STOP LAUGHING! I’m serious. Yes, that “new” social network which is almost a year old has now been cross-sold and shoved down our already Google-infested throats.
This is what my Google Reader looks like today
Notice anything? I can either “+1″ this (on Google+) or, (hold your breath, close your eyes…arre do na!)……….SHARE THIS ON GOOGLE+!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What do you mean it’s the same thing? Of course it’s not!
There are more options! You see I can also EMAIL IT! That way I know it will lie ensconced comfortably between a deposed Nigerian prince’s 4 Billion “dolar” fortune and the latest in car-size reduction pills.
Now surely there must be some simple quirk or setting to reactivate the other sharing features on Reader. Where else would I like to share, you ask? Oh, I don’t know….that multi-billion dollar stolen idea run by that insufferable douche from Harvard…Face-something. Or perhaps that Twatter, Tweeter thing everyone keeps wasting precious office hours on?
But Google haven’t made it easy for me to find such an option, have they? No. Possessing very little patience, I’ve decided to just carry on with Reader. There is a problem though. I like to curate content and share counts are my first line of defense against reading articles which may not be interesting. This means I must use Google+ share counts to figure out how viral a post is! HOLY JESUS ON A POGO STICK!
I’m not easily daunted so I looked around for some empirical clues.
My previous post
Or one of my most popular ones
Or perhaps,The Oatmeal
Based on many such observations, I have compiled a Google+ Shares vs Viral-ity graph with some helpful benchmarks.
PS – I’ll be watching the G+ shares on this post very closely….