This is the thing I have with Google+: Integration. Sure, many products eventually integrate with other companies, always to make things better. However, with Google, you get the opposite or rather nothing at all.
Google is one of the most integrated companies in the world. What I mean by this is that it tries to become a part of your life one way or another. Be it Search, Email, Photos, Communication, etc. Google wants you to use it and all its neat products.
For me, I'm not integrated. I love Google, mostly for the search and simple design. Up until recently I was a Windows user (now a Mac) who owns an iPhone and other iDevices but decided to go for Google TV instead of Apple TV and also plays Microsoft's Xbox. This is me.
This, my friends, is how Google works.
"You can only use your gmail email for Google+" Okay.
"All of your photos will be uploaded on Picasa." Okay...
"You may not have a 'Google.com/USERNAME url." Okay..... Whatever.
"You can you use your favorite email to sign up." Alright.
"You can choose and pick a username for your url." Awesome!
"You now have an awesome @Facebook email where you can receive all this other awesome goodies." SWEET!
This is how I typically work. This is why Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and most of the other sites I frequent work. If Google+ -- the interface, the features, the community -- could have been separated from the the main Google website, which I only use for Searching and what not, and had been given its own domain, its own tools and given us a chance to obtain our preferred username... it could have been something else entirely. I wouldn't even have cared that Google was the company behind them.
Remember YouTube? Thank GOD Google didn't invent that. They only purchased it from some guys and we weren't really required to change our username or email to fit Google's database... well, except that one time when Google actually forced us to integrate our account with our gmail account. But whatever.
I understand that Google works in certain ways that I may not like and is probably never gonna change. But keep count, Google. How many products have you made and survived? How many products have simpler, less resourceful companies than you have created and survived? Keep. Count.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.
-Barack Obama on Steve Jobs
I love it for Photography, but it's still too integrated to everything Google which I only partially use.
Who knows, though. It seems the opening is starting to build another hype with those who hadn't even heard of this place. Let's see where it leads...
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