Don't Worry About Google, Facebook Had Challenges Too
With all the bad (unjustified) press Google has been getting lately I am grateful for the defenders of Google+ such as +Mark Traphagen
, +Thomas Morffew
, +J.C. Kendall
and +Eli Fennell
who put on their +Google Plus For Business
armour and defended us with articles such as
G+ Poll Results Infographic - How Much Time Do Active Users Really Spend On Google+?https://plus.google.com/u/0/110352049954858592591/posts/RSCRRKbQ855
Is Google+ Dying? Sure Is Winning the Search Wars!https://plus.google.com/u/0/107022061436866576067/posts/HEtJwLU8DY1
Google+ IS and WILL BE a Huge Successhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/110619855408549015935/posts/J7zsmH7GLF1
I would like to officially volunteer as "the opposing point of view" https://plus.google.com/u/0/115145812983523155770/posts/aJ8MxmR6oBJ
Whether it is comScore`s proclamation that the average G+ users only spends 3 minutes a month (ridiculous) using Google Plus, or the fact that people are complaining none of their friends are joining them here, it makes no difference what the bad press is. The fact is, every great movement gets criticized in the beginning.
So below is the result of some hard work and research on my part that involved scouring through news archives from long ago and long forgotten. I do love Facebook and appreciate all that it offers to the world. What follows is not an attack on that network but rather a look at history and a reminder to my fellow Plusers that they had their fair share of bad press also.
So Let's Take A Walk Down Memory Lane and Look At History's View of Facebook and The Problems They Had
of the stories and events of the past)
September 07, 2006New Facebook features have members in an uproar
Many Facebook users are upset over the new mandatory timeline view that sheds light on older posts from the past that some users do not want to be seen. Facebook.Com, the popular social-networking Web site for students, is suddenly getting the cold shoulder on campus.
On Tuesday, in an effort to make it easier for users to keep track of their friends, the fast-growing site rolled out two new features, dubbed News Feed and Mini-Feed. They track users' actions on the site and then keep all of their friends apprised of those developments.
If members acquire a new friend, drop an old one or post an embarrassing photo, all the people in their social network -- including, in many cases, some whom they've never met -- can find out about it almost instantly from a News Feed posting they receive on their home page.
By the following day, hundreds of thousands of Facebook's most avid users turned on the site, horrified by what they viewed as an invasion of privacy. Thousands of people e-mailed the company. A group was formed called "Students Against Facebook News Feed." Petitions were circulated. Students in Florida even planned a boycott of the site Sept. 12.
This wasn't the only trouble Facebook had during it's growing phase.
In July 2007, ConnectU accused Facebook of stealing its ideas, but it was thrown out of court.
Then in December 6, 2007 there was an uproar over the fact that Facebook was tracking user actions off site.
Beacon, part of the company's new ad platform, tracks certain actions of Facebook users on some external sites, like Blockbuster and Fandango, in order to report those actions back to users' Facebook friends network.
The idea: to generate advertising that is more effective because it is intricately combined with people's social circle, so that products and services are promoted in a more organic way via the actions of friends and family.
( ref: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/PCWorld/story?id=3963074#.T1Fih_ES34s
) Doesn't that sound a lot like some of the flack Google is now getting? Sounds familiar doesn't it?
Dec 13, 2007
After taking a beating Facebook made good by making a surprising decision to make their APPS platform open source, thus allowing outside sites and other social networks to have access to its plug-in applicationshttp://www.smh.com.au/news/web/facebooks-aboutface-on-applications/2007/12/13/1197135609413.html
Facebook had to eventually compromise and back off from some of it's features such as broadcasting what you purchased, to your friends.
More than 50,000 Facebook members have signed a petition objecting to the new program, which sends messages to users’ friends about what they are buying on Web sites like Travelocity.com, TheKnot.com and Fandango. The members want to be able to opt out of the program completely with one click, but Facebook won’t let them.
)These are just a few of the problems and setbacks that Facebook had when they were growing,I think Google is in good shape and will ride out the skepticism just fine.
So fear not friends and always remember: It doesnèt matter what they are saying as long as they are talking about you! When challenges appear it means you are destined for great things.