Now you see it, now you don't

by Volker Weber

Nothing tells you more about Facebook than posts you have long deleted showing up again.


Volker, clearly you see G+ as the future and FB as the past. Whilst I see value in G+, I can only see it being an early adopter's site for a while to come. FB is still where most 'normal users' spend their time.

Fact is, there's a far greater majority that still see FB as being relevant. That 'On this day' feature is really good in a more usual FB user scenario - remembering family events, holiday trips, birthday wishes etc.

Also, the truth is that FB does have a long and valuable history (in social networking terms) that G+ would love to have. Don't knock it for that...

Stuart McIntyre, 2011-09-16

I agree with Volker: G+ has to prove that it can show up deleted items in about a year from now as well...

Ingo Seifert, 2011-09-16

Facebook is so ingrained now. Television and radio shows ask their audiences to visit their Facebook pages in order to interact. I know a couple of pubs that have invested in signage for their Facebook pages. My personal opinion is that while Google+ does some innovative stuff, it's not quantum leaps ahead in terms of value and goodies that would make people drop Facebook. And personally I barely have time to consume Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (they get small slices of my attention during the day) so certainly don't have time for a fourth.

Darren Adams, 2011-09-16

It appears you are missing the point. Let me make it clearer: you cannot delete a fucking thing from Facebook.

Volker Weber, 2011-09-16

I think I'll continue with my tradition.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2011-09-16

I have absolutely no faith that you can delete anything from G+ either. They've got it and they'll keep it. Absolutely no doubt in my mind.

Chris Blatnick, 2011-09-16

But the question is: How can u see it on Facebook, if you are no longer using Facebook ?

Joel Demay, 2011-09-16

Unfortunately, I have to agree with Chris on this (although I think Google will do a better job of hiding the "deleted" content). As a company, Google has an insatiable desire for content/data, and I can't see their ever letting go of anything they have once held.

The question is, will it matter if they don't delete it if they also don't let it leak out. That I don't know.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2011-09-16

Joel, who says I am not using Facebook?

Volker Weber, 2011-09-16

Google already caches content that is in searches but deleted at the source. Who says they are not doing the same thing with their app platform (gdocs, gmail, Gplus, etc.) ? We are all making guesses.

John Head, 2011-09-16

You do notice that you are changing the subject, right? Facebook.

Volker Weber, 2011-09-16

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