Nomyte: Well, that's one consequence of putting your public life in the hands of a private business ... and yet many people have chosen to allow a private business to mediate their communication with friends and colleagues. All your self are belong to them.
OK, do you all know the circles model is asymmetric? Just because someone adds you to one of their circles does not mean they're added to your circles and unless you go an manually add them you will not see their posts.
A lot of random people have added me on G+ and I have added none of them back and I see none of whatever it is they are posting.
What's the disconnect here?
Maybe we can get this banned under the new anti-foie gras laws.
Facebook isn't a success because they attracted Linux geeks, they are a success because people's grandparents are on it.
the Android integration is a joy if you've got one...
You know what. Oh, Go fuck yourself, Google. I used to really like you, but you're fucking it all up.
The new google designs are much more useable. Period.
They went with the new designs because the most # of people liked them.
Google is one of the world's largest companies, with some of the world's smartest people
Presumably you selected 'upload photos' on the screen that it specifically asks for permission about that on at install, right?
The great annoyance these days, for me, is that I have so much muscle memory built up from years of just closing the tab after I'd signed in to check my mail. Now, if I forget to sign out, I've got Google throwing me crazy 'customized' search results, trying to log me on to places I don't want to be signed in to, bouncing me around to a bewildering array of authentication routines, begging me to sign up for Google+ when I know goddamned well if I accidentally hit the wrong button and do so
stavrosthewonderchicken - use the "sign in to google chrome" feature - it ring fences chrome browsers - I am logged into 5 account - home and 4 x work - all discreet.
G+'s Circles gives me an "enemies list" function that was lacking in Facebook.
No, it wasn't. The point was that I don't really give a crap what numbers Google releases, because it does not matter. Why does it matter what numbers they release anyway? They're just a company, and as such are fairly incidental to the Google+ community itself.
This is just plain not true. The redesign violates the most basic design standards.
For me, the loss of nyms was a big deal. I know Mefites and other online buddies by their nyms. I can't map real names to Mefites in my head, although that circle is one of my more interesting ones.
Perhaps I am an outlier in this, but I closed my Facebook account (under my real name) years ago, because I discovered that, as pleasant as many of my memories of youth are, these days I have no interest in fielding random semiautomated notifications and 'have this .gif of a cocktail' requests from alcoholic millworkers in their 40s who never left our hometown and vaguely remember my name from highschool. If I want to interact with people through the mediation of some social networking site under my real name, for professional reasons, LinkedIn works fine for that.
You can provide lots of refinement options, sub-searches, substring matching, stemming, and a bunch of other sophisticated stuff, but probably all of those things combined fail to improve search quality as much as simply making the engine 2 - 10x faster. The reason for this is due to user behavior: when most people conduct a search, they generally scan the first page of results very quickly and simply type a new query if they can't find what they're looking for.
When I redo a search it isn't because I didn't find what I was looking for. It's because I'm trying to gain some insight into how Google works by moving my result higher and lower in the list by experimenting with different terms.
I won't name names, but there was a person near the top of the org who was essentially blocking any forward process in terms of visual design.
If they weren't enforcing the nym thing anymore than why is my profile still blocked and requesting a scan of govt issued ID?
It strikes me that most of the responses to criticism here about Google+ and gmail and various other Google features has been of the 'You're doing it wrong' variety. Fair enough, but although this thread cannot certainly be taken as representative of people who use Google, it is still overwhelmingly critical of many of their new features.
Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?
Gee, I dunno, man, maybe they're actually looking at analytics and traffic instead of guessing?
Not to mention the countless groups of individuals who can afford a cellphone (with two year plan) who can't afford a home computer, internet connection
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