“Google+ Is Dead”

Google+: Social Media Upstart ‘Worse Than a Ghost Town’

I am writing to second Tassi’s declaration: Google+ is dead. At worst, in the coming months, it will literally fade away to nothing or exist as Internet plankton. At best, it will be to social networking what Microsoft’s Bing is to online search: perfectly adequate; fun to stumble onto once in awhile; and completely irrelevant to the mainstream web.

Google thought they could fight the Internet.

Schnell! You will categorize people!

Raus! Show us your papers and your Real Name!

And then there was their Nice Police.

It was a fuck-up from the start. I left a while ago and haven’t missed it one bit.

The Internet always wins. Always.

Previously here:

Goodbye Google+
Twitter Vs. Google+: Woodstock Vs. Levittown
Now Google Has Apple’s Disease
The Google+ Real Name Policy Is Wrong
Google+ Is Really, Really Listening


Filed under Friction, Google

3 responses to ““Google+ Is Dead”

  1. I’m pretty sure they would have succeeded if it weren’t for the Real Names thing. Everything was fine right up until that happened, every day had more familiar faces, more new users.

    After the Real Names debacle?

    A lot of people who I like to follow in other spaces said they would never join, either because they use pseudonyms or because they are a part of communities that relies on pseudonyms.

    A lot of people stopped posting because the only people they found there were male geeks.

    A lot of people left because they felt, rightly or wrongly, that Google was targeting their communities with the Real Names policy.

    A few people really cut down on their participation because they were the subject of vile bullying, something Google didn’t do anything about, because apparently bullying under a Real Looking Name is fine and dandy.

    It doesn’t help that the proponents of the Real Name policy resort to really ugly bullying tactics against many of the women who have voiced on the subject.

    It failed to attain a critical mass of users.

    To call it a huge disappointment is an understatement, because twitter’s 140 character limit annoys the hell out of me.

    The upside is that with only about five minutes of work a day you can be one of Google Plus’s most active users. :-)

  2. nonenone

    Didn’t Friendster make a similar mistake, forbidding users from making accounts for their pets? Pet owners were so irate they left in a huff, and the bad press seemed to precipitate the website’s demise.

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