Although I’m guilty of not using Google Plus anywhere near as much as I want to, one of the things that continues to amaze me is the complete lack of any kind of API to enable automatic content sharing between Plus and other platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Pinterest, Linked In, Vimeo to name a few.
It just so happens that I use all of those platforms for communication and ‘content creation’ and I would dearly love to share this content with Plus: but equally share my Plus content with them.
Every single one of the aforementioned platforms has a facility to share what you’ve posted/created/found/uploaded with another platform. I’ve been posting Tumblr and WordPress links to Twitter for a while, for example, yet I cannot sharing my Tumblr posts or even my musings here on Clear After Floating with Plus! This is madness! (cue Gerard Butler sound-bite).
Google Plus has developed something of a reputation for being the favourite social network of the geeky, nerdy or more ‘technical’ amongst us. Oh how ironic then that a social network such as Facebook – popular with ‘regular’ folk – lets me share anything and everything with it, and also empowers me to share my FB posts with these other services!
Granted, Zuckerbook has been around for a good while longer, however a basic API surely cannot be beyond the reach of one of worlds most capable technology companies? Is it really that hard for them to put aside a little bit of development time to open Plus up? Of course I’m aware of the fact than an API does exist, but not one that is in any way useful for users who communicate/create/share across multiple platforms.
For me, the delay in rolling out this functionality is a complete mystery: it’s also a reason why I won’t be a full-time user any time soon. Plus has undergone a lot of change in the last twelve months and they’ve been adding in functionality on a near monthly basis. The question begs: at what point do you roll out an API? Is this even on their list of priorities and if not, why?
It’s nothing to do with a fear of polluting their ecosystem with content from other platforms, as Plus users are manually posting content from a variety of sources on their pages every minute of every day: so why not let them automate this?
If you think you’ve cracked the reason why Google are being so slow to open up their platform, let me know in the comments!