Originally, Facebook provided a valuable service to me. As someone who came of age in the internet generation, I made a lot of friends in all parts of the world. Facebook provided a convenient way for me to keep in touch with all of them, as well people in other circles of my life. Also, there was the added entertainment of watching them interact with each other. Seriously, the unintentional comedy of someone who's best known as a forum troll having a "discussion" with one of my hapless co-workers is something that has to be seen to be appreciated.
In recent months however, the value of a Facebook membership has declined to the point where it's more of a hassle than a convenience. Instead of updates on people I'm interested in, there's just a bunch of "share" bait, "like" bait, quotations disguised as pictures so they'll get more attention, barely intelligent political spam... oh, and rampant advertising. Basically, pages and pages of noise with a few interesting pictures mixed in. There's not enough there for me to bother with the site on a regular basis anymore, and currently I only log in if someone is telling me about some picture or status update that I just have to see.
So, around the same time that I more or less swore off Facebook, I decided to check out Google Plus again. Yeah yeah, go ahead and laugh about how no one uses it. That relative emptiness is turning out to be a blessing. There are no ads and far less fluff, so I'm constantly presented with content that I want to check out, not just garbage. The few people that populate the site also seem far more interested in sharing and discussing interesting topics instead of just linking more of those damned Someecards. While not quite on the level of "I'll go to this website every minute of every day" I'm finding Google Plus to be far more engaging than Facebook has been in quite some time.