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Technology addict who is addicted to music, things that go beep, the internet Android and iOS. Founder/Chief Editor of TechDissected.com
Technology addict who is addicted to music, things that go beep, the internet Android and iOS. Founder/Chief Editor of TechDissected.com

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What's Happened To Google+?

This seems to be a really big question right now and while we have some answers, and maybe a few more than just some, we still have a lot of them that are not answered or that just have us wondering.

The Beginning Of G+

When Google+ was first introduced back in June 2011 and for a good 2, 3 maybe 4 years after that G+ really flourished and it flourished quite well. It grew each and every day, every month and each year according to stats we were seeing and reading about online. Even Googlers themselves, such as +Natalie Villalobos and others were telling us how G+ was growing, what good things were happening and other great news on a pretty regular basis.

Google+ was often updated and new features were added. Bugs were squashed and interaction was superb. And interaction being "superb" is truly an understatement as this place was swarming with people who were posting all day, every day. People such as +Derek Ross(still active, just not as active), +Amanda Blain, +Trey Ratcliff(he still posts here quite a bit) used to post all the time, all day long to where you would see multiple posts in an hour at times from them and that was a good thing.

Fast forward to 2015, maybe early 2016 and things started changing here big time. Bots and spam were becoming much more prevalent and spam comments on posts were becoming more frequent each and every day it seemed.

Accounts with names that you could obviously tell weren't real were popping up everywhere and your follower counts either skyrocketed because of those bots/spam accounts, or they became stale and growth slowed way down or even stopped happening completely.

Late 2016

For some of us like myself who have been here since day one started to get a bit of realization, though we were strongly in denial that maybe those articles on all those sites about "Google+ Is Dead" were becoming more and more true each and every day.

Again fast forward a few months later into 2016 and of course take into consideration that Google Photos and Google Hangouts have both been removed from within G+ itself, and you can see G+ being used less and less by the people you used to interact with daily here. Those people have given up it seems. Maybe not completely but considerably enough that you might rarely see their posts in your stream anymore and this could be the case for days on end.

Personally I feel removing Google Photos and Hangouts was what really helped kill Google+. For Photos it was both a good thing for Photos itself, but a bad thing for G+. For Hangouts, well, we'll save that for another day as Hangouts is still nothing but a huge giant mess that needs to go away.

Google+ In 2017

So now here we are at G+ of today. It's had a massive redesign not long ago that is now what we are all forced to use. So many options and features are missing, communities are still quite troublesome to keep clean as a moderator or an owner and the spam is just crazy insane.

I'm talking crazy insane to the point that Google doesn't seem to care about it. It's not like they can't control it because they do a damn good job each and every day in our email that most of us have been using for much longer than we've been using Google+ itself.

Spam happens all day every day, more so than what +Derek Ross and +Amanda Blain used to post in a single day here, and back then that was a lot of useful information that those two alone were posting here.

During this major redesign that we recently had +Luke Wroblewski used to post on a very regular basis and keep us updated to what was going on with both the web client and the Android/iOS apps. Today, +Luke Wroblewski hasn't posted much of anything in weeks and I can't recall the last time he updated us about Google+ and what was going on.

With that said about Luke, I can now see why that doesn't happen as he has silently left the G+ team all together from what I've read. Again, back in the day, when Googlers changed positions or jobs and they were active here, we heard about it. They posted about it here because that was the thing to do. Googlers were VERY active here at one point in time and it was nice to see.

Another one to up and disappear and one that you really hear nothing much from any longer is +Natalie Villalobos whom I mentioned earlier. Back in the day if you had a problem and you mentioned here, it was pressing the bell at a hotel desk and she was there, assisting however she could or finding the right person who could assist you.

Another famous Googler to just up and disappear from here, +Bradley Horowitz. He hasn't posted anything in over 6 months yet he's supposed to be in charge of this place in some form or fashion, unless that has changed and we never heard about it either.

Then there are other folks such as +Carter Gibson +Leo Deegan +Yonatan Zunger who do post here quite often and that is actually quite satisfying to see. It would just be nice if there was more Googlers posting and we as users knew more of what was going on with this place and what's in store for the future, assuming there is a future left in/for Google+.

Now, let me make one thing clear. I've followed a lot of Google employees here on G+ over the beginning years, because as stated they were very active. I did it because they provided a wealth of information to all of us that was very much worth sharing for others who might have missed it. I didn't follow them just to try and be "cool" or because they were employees of the social network I enjoyed. I did it for a good reason and unfortunately that reason really doesn't exist much anymore except for the couple of folks I mentioned above.

What Happens Next?

So the question today is, what does Google have planned or in store for Google+ as a social media network that we as users grew to love literally overnight and at one point for a long period of time couldn't be productive at work due to having our tab open in our browser for G+.

Where does Google+ go from here? Is it going to die a slow death and just become a spam haven with nothing but fake accounts to the point where it's not worth being here any longer?

Will these folks like +Leo Deegan, +Yonatan Zunger +Carter Gibson or maybe others that I'm not familiar with or know much about do something to and with G+ to win us all back again and keep the blood flowing through the veins of what was in my opinion as well as millions of others, the best social media network on the entire internet?

It's sad that posts like this have to be typed up and the reason for mine was because I saw a post by +Artem Russakovskii this morning, you can read that post here: https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/8mPgpdYn7uT and it really made me sit and think about my daily use of G+ and how it has changed over the past year or so.

+Artem Russakovskii happens to be someone I, and many others, really look up to as most of us know him for being the owner/founder of +Android Police and just an all around great guy. He's vocal about his opinions and he can be quite blunt at times and to me, that's important and I respect it.

So when I saw his post this morning it really hit home because every word he spoke is 100% true in so many ways that it's actually very sad.

I hope we don't lose people like +Artem Russakovskii but I don't feel like there's anything here that's going to stop us from doing so and that's very possibly because I'm in the same boat as he is and trying to decide how often I continue to use Google+.

One thing that certainly keeps me here is the fact that I work for Nova Launcher which is one of the best 3rd party launcher apps for Android, and we have 2 very large communities here that are very active. Because I handle all email support and social media related stuff, I am here for that by all means and am more than happy to be here for that as Nova has some awesome and amazing users and our communities are truly one of a kind.

Beyond that, what's here on Google+ for me after nearly 6 years(June 29th, 2011) of service and dedication? What can Google do to save this place though we all have ideas and suggestions that we can answer that question with. The real question is, WILL Google do anything to save this place, this place that so many of us have called "home" for so many years, this place where we've met and become really good friends with a lot of people along the way?

At this point, the ball is totally in Google's court and it's up to them if they just stand there and dribble, or do some assisting, passing and shooting to score a few points and head for the championship game.

I'm really curious to see where this post goes and if it simply falls on deaf ears, or will those folks like +Yonatan Zunger +Carter Gibson and +Leo Deegan step up and offer some information or insight of any kind at all?

I welcome anyone and everyone to comment on this post and to give your honest feedback and input and your thoughts on the future of Google+, the social networks of all social networks.

#GooglePlus #Google #SocialMedia #SaveItFromDying #DontLetitDie
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Epic Games seriously needs to fix this issue within Fortnite.

This guy shot at us with a minigun for a continuous 37 seconds without having to reload or anything. He could also just walk around freely and do so.

This isn't something we should have to worry about within the game.

#Fortnite #EpicGames #UnlimitedAmmo #UnlimitedKills #Minigun
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Can anyone here tell me what kind of flower/tree/bush this is?

It's in the front yard of an abandoned house on my street and I'm not sure I've ever seen one before.

If you know what this is, please let me know.
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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO MY POPS!

The man in the picture below means more to me than life itself. He's the one responsible for helping make me the person that I am today.

He's been there through thick and thin, good and bad. He's the one who taught me respect, work ethics and that nothing is impossible if you don't try.

I can't explain how awesome he has been as a father to me over the past 47 1/2 years. He has busted his ass to give me everything he possibly could, to make sure I had an awesome childhood and to help me become an adult and to learn to do things on my own.

While I of course have been a bit stubborn over the years, but I look back today and thank God for giving me the best father a human could ever ask for in life.

If it weren't for him and all the things he's said and done, I wouldn't be where I'm at today and for that I'm extremely thankful.

I love you Pops, and I hope you have the happiest Father's Day possible. I wish I could give back to you half of what you've given me over the past 47+ years, but when you've done so many amazing things that you've done for me, that's impossible.

All I can say is THANK YOU for being YOU and for being MY father as you are truly the best in the entire universe.

Happy Father's Day +Guffy Wade

#FathersDay2018 #FathersDay #HappyFathersDay #Pops #Dad #LunchTime
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After trying for 28 hours, I'm finally able and proud to say that I've beaten the Spire Of Stars raid in Destiny 2.

By far the hardest raid ever in all of Destiny. I managed to get the entire raid armor set. Now I just need the Calus exotic emote and I'll have everything.

#Destiny #Destiny2 #D2 #SpireOfStars #Raid #Fireteam #DestinyTheGame
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I Need Some Helpful Information

My question today is, is it beneficial for me to own my own cable internet modem?

More specifically, while I know I would save myself a rental fee from my ISP, do I gain anything else other than saving a few bucks each month?

Let's say I have Comcast Blast internet which is 100MB/s. Will my own modem maximize that in any way compared to using their modem?

What are the disadvantages of using my own modem, other than, if it breaks or quits working then I have to pay the money up front to get another one?

All thoughts and information is appreciated.
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Series 7 Android Minis by +Andrew Bell and many others are without a doubt my favorite series to date. Absolutely love the design and idea behind them.

Beatbot 1200 is my favorite of the set.

#Android #Mini #Figurines #Collectibles #Collector #Google #AndroidMinis
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Series 6 Android Minis by +Andrew Bell and many others are without a doubt my favorite series to date. Absolutely love the design and idea behind them.

Beatbot 1200 is my favorite of the set.

#Android #Mini #Figurines #Collectibles #Collector #Google #AndroidMinis
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PLEASE DON'T RUSH DEVELOPERS

When a new version of Android is mentioned or new features are mentioned at a conference like Google IO, please don't contact your favorite app developer within minutes or even a couple of days asking where all of these new features/options are within their app.

It takes time to code apps and it takes more time to debug that code within the app to make sure it's working correctly. Don't rush the developers by bombarding them questions like....Hey, Android P DP2 was released 5 minutes ago and the new navigation bar buttons aren't working correctly in your app. Don't ask why the new gestures for Android P aren't available in their app either.

Surely you would want their app to run as smoothly as possible on your device and you wouldn't really want an update to be done instantly to risk that for your personal device that you rely on every minute of every day.

Think about these things before you go hounding app developers. You're actually taking away their time from working on the app when they have to answer the same question a million times that you should already know the answer to.

Check their social media accounts(Twitter, G+, Instagram or others) as often most app developers will post something to their social media feed that would save you from having to send that email in the first place.

In the end, just respect the app developers and know that they are often working on numerous things to bring to you in a future update. Enjoy it when it arrives, but don't pester them about it.

App developers know you want these latest and greatest features that were just announced a few minutes ago or released in other beta software and they will decide what's best for their app and add it to their app as soon as they feel it's ready.

Also, if you're running beta software that was just released an hour ago, such as Android P DP2, again, don't flood the inboxes of developers saying....Hey, your app is broken in DP2, fix it.

They most likely know it's broken, but 1) You're using beta software, and beta software is meant to be broken and 2) It's only been out for a very short period of time. Give them time of their own to test their app with it accordingly and in-depth and 99.9% of the time they will release an update to fix the most commonly known issues. They will also most likely post to social media and tell you that they are aware of certain issues and are working on a fix.

In the end, just respect your app developer and don't rush them as that's not going to produce the best end result of your favorite app.
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