A friend asked me which of all the sites I’ve joined I prefer, and I thought I might as well copy&paste my reply into a post for others:
depends what you use it for – I like Multiply
best for the stuff that Multiply is really good for, which is real personal interaction, being able to go really deep (whilst also being able to do silliness as well), also being able to get to know people easily through groups (which is where I met several people who have become my friends over time, about half my contacts list is people I met through groups). the Multiply inbox is a wonderful tool, really helpful for keeping up to date with the stuff you want to, and you can find old posts here too – unlike Facebook where it’s nearly impossible to find anything that’s older than last week or so. The tag system also helps so much with that. And being able to design our own sites according to our personal preferences, so when you visit someone’s site it feels like you’re a guest in their home.
so there is a lot I like about Multiply. but for blogging I think WordPress is wonderful and Multiply is just kind of ok. and for a lighter kind of social networking I think Google+ is fantastic – or it will be once more people join. I have been on Facebook for a few years but only because there’s a whole bunch of people I want to keep in touch with and they hang out on FB – I think FB is pretty abysmal and when I heard about Google+ coming out I was keen to check it out because I detest FB so much… and from what I’m seeing so far (it is still in Beta so not the final product yet) they are doing most of the FB stuff but doing it way way way way better… and they are showing a huge level of sensitivity to privacy concerns – unlike Mark “privacy is so last year” Zuckerberg…
so right now I’m really enjoying checking G+ out and I’m really hoping lots of people will join. It will not replace Multiply – it’s not set up for the same purpose – but for those people who prefer their social networking more fb-style, this can be a fantastic alternative.
have you joined Google+ yet? yes, it’s by invitation only at this stage but if I know you I’d be happy to send you an invitation. just PM me your email address if I don’t have it yet.