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Does ANYONE use it? At all?
Don't know anyone who actively uses it, though my boss suggested we start using it to plug our stuff. Don't see the point to be honest.
but I don't know who these people are.
An awful lot of people opt into it without realising, but the information it's capturing about them is pretty staggering. Far more comprehensive and revealing than what Facebook achieves.
No-one uses it, mind. It needs some sort of USP that Facebook doesn't offer and it can't really do that at the moment.
I... don't really understand who these people are in my "circles".
He also added me on LinkedIn recently. 85%.
LinkedIn added my whole fucking address book. Cunts.
You really know how to make a boy feel special.
They have some pretty desperate tactics for sign up: when you get an android phone, if you want to rate or comment on an app and (as you mentioned on twitter) if you want to use the social aspects of their new streaming thingy.
They claim to over over 300 million users, but that's misleading. They may have over 300 million people registered, but how many of those are users?
Also, lolstats here say people average 6 hours on Facebook per month, but only 6 minutes on Google+
is absolutely shit. It makes sense in some places, but for example their instance that I change my Youtube username to a Google+ profile with my real name is mental. Why should I?
"Click here to find out why it's a great idea"
I don't really get why they've made it something 'extra'. Why not just add in all these aspects to your Google account.
I know a guy who works for Google who keeps telling me that Google put a lot of weight on it when it comes to search engine ranking, and so even if you have zero followers, using it will still help your SEO. No effort on my part, just copy everything I put on Twitter & Facebook to G+ using Hootsuite. Never actually go near G+ itself.
Haven't really gotten around to sharing lots of DiS stuff on there as it felt like posting into an abyss.
It's all to do with author rank, which is how google is hoping to measure relevance and authority from now on.
Linking your Google + profile to your content and using the rel=author tag makes your profile pic appear in google search results under the article.
So I imagine most people who activtely use it are content marketers and online writers.
As a form of MSN type client the idea would have made working with off-shore developers and having off-shore consultations really good. But instead they marketed it socially and then didn't have the servers.
and then finding the reality to be nothing like that.
I keep it to techy stuff/work stuff and posting SEO content etc.
(something that already happens when you sign up now). I have had a my GMail account since the beta in 2005 (I think) and I really love it, though as the Wza pointed out last week it really is getting shiter and shiter (the new UI is crap, the labelling thing is being pushed into the background, and the new compose is fucking abhorrent).
I quite like the new tabs thing tbh.
If you want it in a new window then Shift-click the pop out button. Or Ctrl-click for a new tab.
It's basically the same as g-chat in terms of design so it's fine. And it's pretty simple and easy.
and also, there is a reason the full screen compose window was so good - the space to write a fucking email in.
it's not 1998.
if I'm going to send a short / quick email and they're online already, I'll just use GChat, won't I?
Quicker and easier than emails. A few of my mates on Gmail use it. It saves them all for you so you can go back and get the details if you need.
an automatic (almost) full-screen overlay. can't remember how though.
fuck knows who thought it was a clever idea.
Probably the same bloke who said LET'S MAKE SPOTIFY WHITE AND RUN FOUR TIMES SLOWER AND REMOVE THE ABILITY TO FAVOURITE ALBUMS OR SEARCH FOR INDIVIDUAL TRACKS USING CONTROL F WHEN IN AN ARTIST RECORD
Probably moved jobs.
1) Comany creates service
2) Service get big through word of mouth
3) Papers and TV start talking about service
4) Company decides to tweak the fuck out of their original service, adding new functionality and shoving in as much "social" functionality as possible
5) Service turns shit
6) Everyone moans about service
7) Service responds by even more functionality and changes and more like buttons and follow buttons and Facebook rips
8) People stop using service
Maybe I'm just talking about Spotify, but I hate the way *everything* has to be integrated with everything else and have fucking follow buttons and social add ins.
but the whole desktop bit of software has gone to complete shit.
I'm switching to Google Play Music.
but I don't want to use google for anything as I just get the impression they track everything I do and tell the NSA.
they're going to make you. don't fight it, just accept it.
but they're french. No fucking way am I giving google anything personal willingly.
My phone pictures are automatically backed up - which means, since they got rid of PicasaWeb in any meaningful form, that they all go there. So I go into Google+ for that. But I never use the social network part of it at all, and I doubt they'll ever persuade the masses to start on that.
It's fast and pretty and and it works better than the Facebooks.