G+ is pretty much my only online presence other than this blog. When the blog gets a new subscriber, I have no way of knowing where they come from. Online presence is important for writers, so there’s always the fear that if you delete any of your profiles book sales will drop further. Mine are so low that I’m not sure it even makes any difference, but the thought continues to nag.
G+ may not be as dead as internet pundits declare, but it’s certainly in poor health. Even in the short time I’ve been participating there, I’ve seen the number of posts from the communities I follow drop steadily. Many of the posts are open self-promotion, and a good number of them are spammed over a large number of communities. I’ve dropped out of several communities because almost all the participation in them is about self-promotion, even though that isn’t their sole reason for existing. So is G+ even worth the small amount of time it takes to skim though, read the very few interesting posts and put one up now and then?
That question came a bit more to the forefront today when I found that my front page was occupied by three copies of an amazingly annoying book cover gif — one image jerking from side to side. I posted a comment about it, and the author politely allowed that I might want to unfriend her. She’d regret it, but… I posted another comment pointing out that I would have to also unfriend anyone who reposted it, and since at least one instance had been reposted by someone in my circles, that wasn’t just theoretical. I questioned why she thought the gif would attract more people to her book than a still image. So far, no response. But it may be the straw that makes this very tired donkey balk and say “no more.”