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Google being unreponsive and inept, if not evil

Friday, July 29th, 2011
I encourage everyone to +1 +Violet Blue's post; maybe the big G will notice? https://plus.google.com/105822688186016123722/posts/Ab2DZYMwaC3

Reshared post from +Violet Blue

This afternoon +Vic Gundotra shared the announcement of What's New In Google+ – described by a G+ community manager as "This is your feedback at work!"

Um, no. It's actually not.

That really isn't what users have been asking for.

They've been dealing with trolls, anonymity and controlling their identity, the ability to link to what they want, Google+ lack of transparency and insiderism, celebrity favoritism, and the issues concerning their accounts if they get suspended and need redress.

Looking for a help button to be in the gear icon in the interface isn't really something that users have been asking for, actually.

Users are asking for the tools we need to make the decisions that are right for ourselves about what we share and who we share it with. And concrete answers to the questions raised above.

Time for time off from G+.

Wow, that's just messed up!

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Wow, that's just messed up!

Airbnb Renter Wrecks Woman’s San Francisco Home – TIME NewsFeed
Airbnb, a startup company that links travelers seeking a more homey place to stay with hosts willing to rent their homes, is trying to make amends after one woman’s home was destroyed by a renter. Thi…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

6 Shockingly Evil Things Babies Are Capable Of

From the "This Is What's Wrong With America Americans" department….

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
From the "This Is What's Wrong With America Americans" department…

Husband of wrong-way motorist who killed seven sues state, others
Here’s your warning: this appears to be a case that will have people again howling for legal reform. According to USA Today, on July 26, 2009 Diane Schuler

"Then around 8:55 p.m., they heard an eerie quiet coming from the pool area…

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
"Then around 8:55 p.m., they heard an eerie quiet coming from the pool area."
Wait, what? Writing FAIL.

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‘Hero’ pulls 6-year-old girl, father from bottom of pool and revives them in San Jose – San Jose Mercury News
San Jose firefighters are lauding a local man as a hero after he single-handedly pulled a 6-year-old girl and her father out of the bottom of a pool and revived them on Wednesday night, saving two liv…

Makes me think twice about considering buying Modernist Cuisine; I don't want…

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Makes me think twice about considering buying Modernist Cuisine; I don't want my dollars funding more patent trolling.

When Patents Attack! | This American Life
Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Sea…

Really? +Dr

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Kiki Sanford's Google+ profile is still offline? WTF is wrong with you, Google? Okay, now you're being evil.

Well-put

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
While I'm willing to give Google the benefit of the doubt that they're not "being evil", that only leaves the possibility that instead, they're being inept. I'm not sure which is better.

Reshared post from +Jonathan Schofield

Communication failures in the Google+ 'name' debacle need fixing fast

What happens when:

A. You leave your policies open to interpretation
B. You launch a product that is a runaway success and then say nothing on your public blog about it afterwards
C. You communicate only through the product itself, a product which has no global messaging system at present

Yup, that's right, misinformation, distrust and paranoia step in and spread like wildfire [1].

Blogging

To look at http://googleblog.blogspot.com, you'd think that nothing had been happening inside G+ since they launched it nearly a month ago.

If the 'field trial' status of G+ means they don't want to say too much on their corporate blog because it would overshadow everything else that they do, then create a dedicated blog – their audience is not just all G+ users but all potential ones as well.

Communicating inside G+

It's great that +Bradley Horowitz said what he did on Monday [2] but that only directly reaches people who have Circled him, or through the lens of people who share that post (who may themselves be distrustful of it).

I mentioned yesterday [3] that G+ is poor for "friendly permalinks, findability of content, and semantic formatting and readability of lengthy posts".

There really ought to be a mechanism for important global messages to appear prominently and then be easily dismissed. 37Signals do this pretty well in Basecamp.

There also should be an easy means to find the Google execs with whom the buck stops, but via a list that is maintained by Google, not members of the community [4]! That should be on the blog as well.

[1] +Alice Cabrera https://plus.google.com/u/0/100772959431098862192/posts/dzbBT43Bx3r
[2] https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts/VJoZMS8zVqU
[3] https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/Tk9c3mTK4r8
[4] +Craig Kanalley https://plus.google.com/103399926392582289066/posts/LX4g7577DqD

Violet Blue's article below found via +Jake Sharman and +Mark Davidson.
PS: is Violet Blue on G+ or is she also a victim of the Pseudonym crackdown? Guess I should have looked, she is!

Four Things Google Plus Could Do To Fix Google Plus | ZDNet
Saturday’s Google Plus user account deletion purge plunged the new social network into a crisis of user trust: the community wants it fixed.

Once again TV content creators seem to be squarely set on pointing a machine gun…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Once again TV content creators seem to be squarely set on pointing a machine gun at their own foot and pulling the trigger, repeatedly. How can they be so greedy stupid?

Fox restricts online streams of new TV shows to ‘authenticated’ pay TV subscribers
Engadget

Not yet sure how I feel overall about having Facebook posts in my Google+ stream….

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Not yet sure how I feel overall about having Facebook posts in my Google+ stream. On one hand, I have Facebook posts in my Google+ stream… On the other hand, I have Facebook posts in my Google+ stream.