I couldn't get on the road without reading this and commenting. I'm with you here...and +Peter Strempel
. And I don't agree that people complain because they don't like change +Meg Tufano
. My life changes all the time and I go with the flow. But this is a case of overlaying onto something "accidentally" great a master plan to make it all business and advertising. And I don't agree that the complaints registered by +Colin Lucas-Mudd
and +Peter Strempel
are dramatic. These are two people who love the medium and have taken the time to voice some fairly sophisticated concerns about the future direction of G+.
Let me start this by saying I love G+. I champion it and I have spent a lot of time here. I post about 5 times a week, but I comment a lot, have met fabulous people here and this medium I think is absolute genius. I care about followers, I care about my presence here, and I care about what I have seen others build here.
So, when I first saw the new layout yesterday...I immediately thought "What is it with people and competition? Why is G+ competing with FB? Where did our fabulous G+ go in the snap of my fingers in the middle of my day?
I do not like the text being invisible. It is impossible to be pulled in. I agree that I don't need my own face ten times as big as it used to be on my page. I know exactly what I look like and so does everyone else. Some people understand understatement and streamlined elegance. I am one and there are a lot of others of us out there. I have written that FB is like a messy teenaged boy's room. I can't even go there
any more because it's an assault to my senses.
I am not a photographer. I am not a visual artist. I am a writer. I have made many, many blog posts and written articles for +Media Tapper
where I proposed the enhancement of the written word for wordsmiths on Google+. I also walk my talk and put my money where my mouth is in my own personal life. I have developed my own website over many years and have invested money in it as a visual respite for myself and my words. It was designed (and yes, I'm bragging) by graphic designers who have spent years and years understanding the art of web site design. Communication comes before advertising.
Here is what I am concerned that people are missing: We begin and end our communication all over the world every day, every single one of us, with words. We get up and say good morning to our husbands, wives and children. We text someone we love. We say Hello to our colleagues. I don't get up in the morning and show my husband a gif or a tif or a jpg. I put my arms around him and tell him I love him. I use words and physical action to express that.
The visuals are an enhancement to my communication. I, too, came to G+ to communicate, to engage, to have shared conversation with people all over the world, yes, about Art, but also about social, political, intellectual, creative and personal issues. The people I have met here matter
to me. I like them. I respect them...that is why I post and take the time to write, hopefully, thoughtful posts about things that matter to me, and, hopefully, to them.
That is where the conversation and the comments begin. But some of us are wordsmiths. We do not spend our days looking for Memes or pictures to enhance our posts and we shouldn't have to. The platform should respect all of our professions, not just those that are visually driven.
The irony is that every single person who posts on G+ is going to have to become really skilled at copywriting. Every one is going to have to learn how to put their "sell" in the first (by my count) THREE LINES. I didn't come here for that. I write professionally and don't need that skill.
This is a classic case of ignoring the age-old adage...If it isn't broke, don't fix it. Some things, in their most pure, unadulterated form are the best.+Colin Lucas-Mudd
my friend (whom I met on G+ because we communicate with words
...I'm hitting the road now for a long 9 hour drive. Back at you at the end of the day. ;)