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Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.
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Strangely skeumorphic, but another decent looking cocktail app to try out for iOS and Android!

On Product Hunt today: http://www.producthunt.com/tech/trophy-cocktail
The Premier Photo Sharing Mobile App -- Just for Cocktails!
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I wrote about a new #coffee appliance in my life: the #RatioEight  Pre-orders end tomorrow (6/27). The price goes up $100 on Sunday!
How a coffee obsession met its match in the Ratio Eight
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I like the sparkling (lime) mineral water at Trader Joes and the price is right. I just need a disciplined stocking strategy. 
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Well, there you have it... 

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What drives me insane about this flawed logic is assuming everyone desires sexual relations with others-- I DO NOT & if I did I would have done so. This is clearly an argument to back up those who want to sleep around. Just because it's natural does not mean you should give into those urges. We already have a silent global epidemic with std infection rates.
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thanks for giving nice tips
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Guys, this one is so easy and portable (if you don't mind carrying a machete) you'll thank me later.
On the weekends in Dolores Park in San Francisco this guy goes around selling young coconuts which he hacks open with a machete and then finishes with a hefty pour of spiced rum for $11. You can make this delicious drink for about $4 at home.
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LOVE THIS! Reminds me of time in Rio de Janiero. We drove to the end of Ipanema to the top of the hill and had fresh coconut water at 3 am, in order to halt possible hangovers...Magical!
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+YouTube sounds giddy about their breakup with +Google+:  _"The headline: we think you’ll like it."_ [1]

+Bradley Horowitz is more crestfallen about the changes: _"While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink." [2]

[1] http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html
[2] http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html

#identity   #googleplus  
This story, by Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat, appeared on Techmeme.
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+Michael McIntyre Well said.
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Beme looks like a really interesting approach to recording/sharing video — using a new behavior. Curious if this'll ever catch up with the selfie-shot...

Grab it in the App Store: http://apple.co/1OjdMFR
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This was brilliant.
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Love this collection of vehicle illustrations from #MadMax by +Ido Yehimovitz

Source: http://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/05/28/mad-max-fury-road-vehicles/
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Wow, tweets are back in Google... If only I could peak inside Google's social content strategy playbook!
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haha +Chris Messina that is something many of us wish we could get a sneak peak at :) Thanks for the share, although this is only affectecting US right now. Us Londoners will have to wait. 
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Chris Messina lives in San Francisco and is known for inventing the hashtag, starting the BarCamp and coworking communities, and advancing technology initiatives such as OpenIDOAuthActivity Streams, and microformats. He previously worked at Google on Google+ as a UX designer and developer advocate.
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  • Depict
    Consultant, 2015 - present
  • NeonMob
    Head of Community & Growth, 2013 - 2013
  • Google
    UX Designer, 2012 - 2013
    I'm a UX designer on the Google+ Profiles, Pages, and Platform team.
  • Google
    Developer Advocate, 2009 - 2011
    I served as a developer advocate on the Google+ Platform and then helped to create the Google Developers (developers.google.com) brand, website, and product vision.
  • Citizen Space
    Owner
  • Flock
    Experience Architect
  • Citizen Agency
    Co-founder, consultant
  • Mozilla
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