Last month, an innocent video of Japanese celebricat Maru climbing a ladder was defaced with a dick pic in the comments (NSFW ASCII art).
The Internet's favorite feline was the latest casualty in a hurricane of spam, links to viruses, ASCII art and other flying debris that has descended on the YouTube comments section
ever since Google forced all commenters to adopt Google+ accounts. [more inside]
With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader
less than two weeks away (previously
), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly
, and possibly even Facebook
(a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook
has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time
, Google Labs
, and open platforms like Reader
But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader
"It feels strange to be active and highly visible on the Web for 15 years but it was only when I joined Facebook that someone from elementary school or high school ever contacted me."
In which on Ev Williams's platform
, Mr Haughey compares his experiences of Facebook and Twitter
. [more inside]
New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement Fast Company
summarizes a new study
from RJMetrics that looks at public posts, +1s, replies and reshares on Google+. It concludes "the average post on Google+ has less than one +1, less than one reply, and less than one re-share." Google replies that public posts are a poor metric of user activity; Fast Company replies that "Google has refused to provide clear figures and metrics for its social network's active user base" and links to Danny Sullivan's "brilliant rundown of Google's lack of transparency on the subject" - If Google’s Really Proud Of Google+, It Should Share Some Real User Figures
There was also Wil Wheaton's recent angry "Oh, go fuck yourself, Google" rant
in response to a recent experiment replacing YouTube's "like" button with a Google+ button for a small number of users, thus requiring them to sign up for Google+ before they can 'like' a YouTube video. Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats?
The social graph is neither.
Maciej Cegłowski, owner/founder/operator/sole employee of Pinboard (recently)
, blogger of idle words
, lays down some science and thoughts about the charting of your personal connections, and why it's doomed.
"Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product."
"Last night, high-profile Google engineer Steve Yegge mistakenly posted a long rant about working at Amazon and Google’s own issues with creating platforms on Google+...The most interesting part to me, though, is Yegge’s blunt assessment of what he perceives to be Google’s inability to understand platforms and how this could endanger the company in the long run." It's quite long, but there's some interesting insight - all the more because it wasn't initially intended to be made public. (via SiliconFilter/via G+) [more inside]
" rage on. Despite a passionate post on their own public policy blog
earlier this year, outlining all of the reasons that Google is a strong supporter of the use of pseudonyms on the internet, Google is continuing to take an uncharacteristically draconian approach to the use of pseudonyms on Google+
. Google+ users with pseudonyms not only risk losing access to Google+, but also access to other Google services including Picasa and Google Reader as well
. Naturally, this is a significant inconvenience for users who are known primarily by their pseudonyms
, and a more significant inconvenience to users who use pseudonyms to protect the physical safety of themselves and their families
] [more inside]