MEMO TO LARRY PAGE:
STOP SCREWING UP...ER I MEAN "IMPROVING" GOOGLE SERVICES!!!!
First your designers and developers screwed up Google Compose and my wife moved her personal and business accounts to mail.com
She did not want a chat window and did not want to spend her precious time trying to figure out the hydroponics in this new chat themed gmail.
She was pleasantly surprised at well the service worked for her, because it was so easy.
Personally, I also hate the new gmail compose, because everything requires more clicks, but I have not gotten upset enough to migrate all of my personal and business accounts elsewhere.
But I am getting closer to migrating elsewhere.
Today I went to go update a building service contractor business blog on blogger and wanted to add a Facebook widget to it. Only to discover the email and Google account is some how suspended with no explanation.
I now have to start the annoying process of getting the account restored and sending you this little note.
I would rather be working as a a building service contractor right now.
Previously, I had a hobby on blogger of building hyper local news blogs in and around New York City, but all of a sudden last spring my blogs were suspended.
I spent months going through the annoying process of getting them restored.
But while I was getting them restored I discovered Facebook pages and all of a sudden my news pages were being followed by 59,000 persons and my posts were on people's smart phones.
So I started building all of the new hyper local news pages at Facebook instead of Blogger.
My Google Analytics for my blogger news pages never had more than 30,000 unique monthly visitors and most of those visitors came from Google search.
The other benefit using Facebook is that there is all of this engagement that I never got on blogger.
I have experimented with the Google+ Pages, but the Google+ platform seems to be slower than the Facebook platform and lacks many of the features at Facebook.
Lately, I have started experimenting with Facebook Groups and have been amazed at the number of members that have been attracted to the Facebook Group News Pages I created.
I have used Facebook Groups for posting Advertising and Marketing News items
Mobile Marketing Roundup
Public Relations News Roundup
Search Engine Optimization Roundup
I also recently started Facebook Family / Christian Groups
Christian News Headlines
DEVOTION - BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Family Entertainment News
Family News Headlines
Why can't Google+ Plus work this well?
Who wants to worry if their hard work will be arbitrarily suspended at Google, thus causing a ton of unnecessary headaches.
I would love to do similar things at Google+, but for now I have decided to take my news page hobby and experiment with making LinkedIn News Community Groups.
I have never had any of my accounts suspended or messed with at Facebook or LinkedIn.
Google needs to stop with all of the gimmicks and start listening to users.
The clueless designers and developers you have hired do stupid things like remove gmail link from the Google home page,
This is just making users waste more time learning to click on an Apps button in the bookmarks bar.
Gmail now reminds me of Microsoft's latest failed versions that require people to go through extra clicks to do the same thing.
The old way...
Google > Gmail
The New Way
Google > Google Apps > Gmail
Search has also went to Hell on the Google Home page.
Why in the world did you take away the image search link?
The old way
Google > Image Search
The new way
Google > Do A web Search > Now Click On Image Search
Google News search is even worse.
The old way
Google > Google News Search
The new way
Google > Do A web Search > Now Click On Google News Search > Now retype the news search terms > Click the news search button.
If you do a web search you don't just type the search terms in the search box and hit the search button.
No your clueless designers and developers have had to slow down the process with extra Rube Goldberg steps.
First, you start to type the search term in the search box, then Google Home Page screen flashes after you type the first letter.....,,,Then all of a sudden the first letter and cursor is now in the address bar - now you can finish typing your search term and hit enter.
Just what kind of LSD are Google's designers and developers using to come up with these Rube Goldberg methods of doing simple searches?
Do you hold monthly Rube Goldberg Contests at Google to add extra clicks for simple searches?
I am visually impaired and used to think Google was the greatest thing since sliced cheese. It was how I reached out and communicated with the world.
Now I feel like Google doesn't care about users and feel pushed to other platforms to express myself.
If you want people to learn about apps, put the app button in the address bar, but don't remove search links from the Google Home page and make users go through extra clicks.
Make the new Gmail Chat Theme an opt in theme and don't make business users go through extra clicks.
If you stop sucking the fun out of Google with unnecessary hassles and improve customer service I might once again start using your products more.
Facebook is friendlier and easy. Google+ is often an impersonal hassle that has turned off most of my friends who have tried it.
You automatically set them up with accounts, but they mostly sit there dormant with no profile photos.
On the positive side,
rocks and I use it at Facebook, LinkedIn and the other social media platforms I use.
Please don't let your current crop of Rube Goldberg Designers and Developers "Improve" the http://goo.gl/service
I may even once again start using my blogger news blogs, but right now I am still mad at how horrible your blogger team was last year.