Friday, July 08, 2011

Google Plus (or Minus?)

I'm curious to hear what people think about Google +.

From what I've seen in various status updates, people love it - but my first reaction when I signed up this afternoon was alarm (because it seems to have aggregated a whole lot of information about me, including pictures from blogs I've long ago deleted), mild disgust (at the obvious effort to emulate facebook's model), and claustrophobia (because you really don't have many options when it comes to hiding/deleting things).

Am I being a stupid 20-something old-timer deluded by her desire to return to facebook before Farmville, and iPods that had actual buttons so you don't accidentally blow your ears out every time you adjust the volume? Is Google + the new future of social networking, document management, etc? Or is it going to die a violent death like Google Buzz (I know it's still around, but it definitely didn't live up to its hype) and potentially lead to a panoply of privacy suits?

Share your love, hate, whatever in the comments.

Epilogue: While putting the finishing touches on this post, blogger displayed a giant red "Error" message and suggested I copy/paste this content and restart. I feel like Big Google is watching.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't really understand how Google came to think it was wise to launch a frontal assault on facebook's business model. I mean, talk about moat.

I'm sure there is a sophisticated line of reasoning behind all this, but I don't get it.

Then again, maybe I should sign up for Google + and see for myself.

7/08/2011 3:54 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Uh, the above post was me (Patrick).

Which makes a nice transition to my next question: am I the only one who has been having issues with google's products this week? Reader hasn't been working properly, I've been having trouble signing in to blogger, and sometimes my emails don't send. It's been frustrating.

But then, you get what you pay for.

7/08/2011 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to sound like a shill when I write this, but what the hell:

First, I've had no problems with Google products in the last week (including gmail and Google Reader).

Second, Google+'s improvements so far seem to include: (1) Much higher image quality than what Facebook offers; Facebook images are super-compressed while Google Picasaweb photos downloaded with the "Download" button are originals. (2) Intuitive "limited" profiles. (3) Aggregation of shit (of course, not everyone considers this an improvement).

As for linking photos from deleted blogs to your Google+ account, I actually thought that was a perk, and not creepy. It gave me an opportunity to find and delete things that I thought were already gone, when in fact they were just unlinked from the apparatus for which I originally used them and floating around on a server. Yeah, this could be understood as a "why didn't it just delete it in the first place," but I blame that on bad UI design and not Google's being nefarious.

Finally, I'm not sure why it is problematic that Google launched a frontal assault. If it fails, it fails; I think this is more refreshing (as a consumer) than awkward. But that's just me.

7/08/2011 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting how Google+ news and views are all over the place at the same time as Facebook fucks with their interface in a bad way, again (I can't navigate my chat bar now? Fuck that!)

7/08/2011 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sort of a threadjack, but, is it a good idea for a new grad with no job to do a Tax LLM at NYU? I would be much obliged for any information you all (especially Boalties who did LLMs) can share about how likely it is to help me get a job, whether it's worth $45k, etc.

7/08/2011 7:55 PM  
Blogger Andrew Fong said...

As one of the few people who use Friend Lists on Facebook, I've already had the equivalent of Google+ circles going for a while. But I appreciate how much more prominent circles are in the UI compared to friend lists.

The biggest issue Google+ has right now is that half its usersthink its Facebook, and the other half think it's Twitter. 34,000 people are following Sergey Brin on Google+, but I would venture the majority are interested in his views on technology and the Internet, not his Egyptian vacation photos.

7/09/2011 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:55 the answer is probably "no." What you describe sounds like doubling down on your debt; if it didn't work with the law degree, why should it work with the LLM? If you truly are willing to take a $45k job, you won't need a tax LLM to find one.

7/09/2011 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New grad how are your grades?

7/09/2011 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Haven't tried Google + yet but my multi-account gmail has been a bit fussy.

2. Also a new grad. Looked into getting an LLM at one time. The only people who thought it was a good idea were then-current LLM students. Just FWIW.

3. Let's bump that bar thread again, shall we? Hmm?

7/11/2011 10:02 AM  
Blogger SK said...

Everything looks good except getting the invite part. Many sites like skipser offer free google plus invites. But it would have been much better if there was a simple sign up.

7/13/2011 10:48 AM  
Anonymous google followers said...

Google plus is one of the newest social networking sites offered by the biggest search engine. Although it's relatively new, it has already attracted millions of online users coming from different parts of the globe.

3/05/2012 1:25 AM  

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