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Google spent the last couple of years ramming Google+ down everybody’s throats OK, Google: We Get It. Just Go Ahead And Add Google+ To Everything. [Opinion] OK, Google: We Get It. Just Go Ahead And Add Google+ To Everything. [Opinion] Don't worry Google, I think you can get everyone onto your network in just a few months if you really push. Here are my suggestions. Read More . If you have a Google account then you have a Google+ profile, whether you know about it or not. And then there was that whole nasty YouTube business YouTube's Comments Section Now Cleaned Up, Courtesy Of Google+ YouTube's Comments Section Now Cleaned Up, Courtesy Of Google+ Google has cleaned up YouTube with a new Google+ powered commenting system. You'll now see the most upvoted comments, the ones from people in your Google+ circles, and from the owner of the video. Read More , which didn’t go down too well.

Now, things seem to be changing. The main man behind Google+ has left the company The Future Of Google+, FB Newswire, Next-Gen Minecraft, Oculus Prank [Tech News Digest] The Future Of Google+, FB Newswire, Next-Gen Minecraft, Oculus Prank [Tech News Digest] Google+ may be dead, FCC talks net neutrality, Facebook launches FB Newswire, Lyft expands into new markets, mobile addiction grows, next-gen Minecraft allows save transfers, and the true potential of Oculus Rift is revealed. Read More , and there is talk of the social network being scaled back or even broken up into smaller fragments. Does anyone care? We learned the truth during an epic We Ask You discussion all about G+.

Love, Hate, Utter Contempt

We asked you, Do You Care What Happens To Google+? We had a good number of responses to this question, with a fascinating range of opinions. Interestingly, the number of positive and negative comments regarding Google+ was roughly equal, with almost as many people expressing love rather than hate for the social networking effort. Which was somewhat unexpected.

The most interesting conclusion to draw from the discussion is the one teased in the title. Several people made reference to Google+ as being a different beast to Facebook; Facebook being where you go to keep up with friends, Google+ being where you go to make new connections with strangers. Facebook The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide Time to lock your Facebook settings and private profile information. Facebook doesn't make this easy, however; features are constantly added and the default for each new one seems to favor transparency instead of privacy. Read More puts the social in social networking, whereas Google+ is more about networking.

There’s one obvious reason for this Friends vs. Strangers differentiation between the two services… everyone you know is on Facebook, but no one you know is on Google+. Yet Why Google+ Will Overtake Facebook In 2 Years Or Less [Opinion] Why Google+ Will Overtake Facebook In 2 Years Or Less [Opinion] Facebook has around 800 million users – that is more than double the population of the United States. But I am here to tell you why in two years, Facebook will shrink to become a... Read More . Which is both a blessing and a curse.

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One other opinion which coursed through the comments thread suggests Google truly erred when it decided to force G+ on everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sure, it led to impressive growth figures, but it also solidified people’s hate for what one commenter referred to as “a WORM!!

Perhaps if Google had let G+ grow organically rather than foist it upon us all like a second helping of shit sandwiches then Google+ would be loved by many more people. As things stand, it’s difficult to see what, if anything, Google could do to turn the 50 percent hate into 100 percent love.

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rick Shortt, Rajaa C, and Peter F. Comment Of The Week goes to Grayda, who won with this comment Do You Care What Happens To Google+? [We Ask You] Do You Care What Happens To Google+? [We Ask You] This is your opportunity to tell us whether you like or dislike the social network, whether or not you use it, and what you use it for. Read More :

Yes, I do care. Primarily because I run a photography business and I get far more interactions on Google+ than I do on Facebook, but also because Facebook annoys / scares me with these “promoted” posts and such, where they limit how many people see my post, unless I pay them money and even then, I have no way of knowing if everyone sees it or not. Highway robbery.
Since YouTube switched to Google+ for comments, I’ve been happier because replies are threaded and I can follow a conversation without scrolling through 10 pages of comments. I also have three “accounts” on YouTube. My Google+ account, my Google+ business account, and my old legacy username-based YouTube which I use to manage subscriptions and such.
Through Google+, I have been on photowalks with the likes of Trey Ratcliff (HDR guru) and Brian Matiash / Nicole Young (Brian is part of the Google photos team and Nicole is one of the most successful food stock photographers in the world). I’ve connected with plenty of new people and thanks to the What’s Hot section, have even expanded my programming knowledge which lead to some interesting new projects at work.
I’ll be happier if Google+ stays, because it’s a good alternative to the big blue F that seems hellbent making money in exchange for likes.

We chose this comment because it details a firsthand experience proving Google+ has some value to some people that isn’t currently offered by any other entity. It also raises the important point that G+ stands as competition to Facebook The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best? The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best? Which is better, Facebook or Google+? Even here at MakeUseOf, we can't quite agree. When it comes to social networks, especially big ones like Facebook and Google+, we all have our opinions. Some think Facebook... Read More , which now has shareholders to appease and appears to be using some rather underhanded tactics to generate more income.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

  1. Daniel E
    May 9, 2014 at 1:46 am

    <quote>
    As things stand, it’s difficult to see what, if anything, Google could do to turn the 50 percent hate into 100 percent love.
    </quote>

    As you can tell from some of the comments both above and maybe in the original article, not even Facebook has “100 percent love”. I don't know of any service that does.

    Also, I wonder how many of the 50% hate crowd actually use G+. More importantly, how many G+ users love it? I'm on FB, and I hate it about half the time. I'm also on G+, and while I'm not rabid about it, I do enjoy my visits there.

    • Dave P
      May 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Oh, of course, and I didn't mean to suggest Facebook enjoyed 100% love. But if Google could get more people liking rather than disliking Google+ it may actually be on to something.

  2. AnonGuy
    May 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I mean't "... and made it useless to those..." not "... and made it useful to those..."

    Excuse the typo...

  3. AnonGuy
    May 8, 2014 at 12:38 am

    That comment reaks of cluelessness. You can use Flickr and achieve what you do on Google+ IRT Photography and Videos without being tied into yet another Full Blown Social Network in the likeness of Facebook.

    The issue with Google+ is that Google introduced a decent product but made it useful to those of us who would use it if it was easier to keep our Facebook Friends clued into what we were doing there. If Google+ had a Connect similar to what Twitter, where you can automatically have your activity on Google+ published to Facebook allowing those interested to click through to your Google+ Profile/the post, it would be a lot more useful.

    Without that, it's not usable to me because I'm basically forced to duplicate much of what I do across the two networks. I consider Facebook and Google+ "All-Encompassing" Social Networks, in that I only us one of them because they accomplish much of what the smaller niche networks do.

    I don't need to use Instagram because I can apply filters to my photos and publish straight to Facebook. I don't need to use YouTube because I can publish directly to Facebook. I don't need to use Foursquare because I can Check-In with Facebook. I don't need to use Yelp because I can post reviews and ratings via Facebook. I don't need Path because I can use Facebook Lists to limit the visibility of content.

    Google+ can do all that, but in order for it to be usable, given Facebook's proliferation and the guarantee that most people I know will not move over to Google+, I have to be able to publish to my Timeline easily and in an Aesthetically Pleasing way, with clear indication of where the post came from ("via Google+" with the Google+ icon) and a decent way for the user to click through directly to the item. That doesn't exist, therefore I can't use it.

    All of those niche networks do that with Facebook, which makes them usable even when your friends don't use them. Google+ doesn't do that, so you feel like anything you do on that network is practically worthless and invisible to your friends (especially for those of us who NEVER post publicly) unless you spam their email inboxes (which also hassles them with Google+ invites).

    Additionally, Google needs to completely disconnect Hangouts functionality from Google+. Should not need a Social Profile to share pictures to another Google user, and the iOS app should not require a Social Profile to log in (should work like the Android app, which doesn't).

    Once Skype brings Group Video Calling and fixes their Group Chat, I don't see myself ever using Hangouts again.

    Google+ is turning into a reason to avoid Android for a lot of users, as well. People have specifically mentioned it as being a factor in their decision to go to iOS or stay on iOS instead of buying an Android device.

    • Dave P
      May 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Google probably should give more options for cross-posting, but I can see why they haven't when they're trying to grab people away from Facebook rather than become another service feeding that behemoth.

  4. David
    May 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I agree. I try to make new friends and it's hard to do on Facebook, but with Google+, I can search for nearby people and browse public posts.

  5. David
    May 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I agree. I try to make new friends and it's hard to do on Facebook, but with Google+, I can search for nearby people and browse public posts.

  6. Mike Weatherby
    May 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Ha, as if Facebook is not rammed down your throat. Can't count the number of sites that insist that you join Facebook. I smell a bias.

    • Dave P
      May 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

      No, there's no bias here. Some sites insist you link Facebook in order to comment, but that's very different than forcing everyone with a Google account to join Google+.

  7. dragonmouth
    May 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    "Facebook Is For Friends, Google+ Is For Strangers"
    And pox on both their houses.

    • Buffet
      May 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

      AMNE!

    • Dave P
      May 12, 2014 at 11:12 am

      AMEN! FTFY ;)

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