I don't think Google messed up the launch
of Google+ (in fact, it was spectacular launch with impressive growth of user base
), but on the other hand, I personaly believe that Google messed up Google+ afterwards
Quite frankly, they just throw at us a half-baked beta-version and started picking their noses. Changes and updates were slow
, there were serious problems with naming policy, and of course they totaly "fucked up" the mobile market
. Android and iPhone apps came too late and even today they are still buggy as hell (and still, no sign of iPad version). It was, in my opinion, the biggest failure
, considering the tremendous power and popularity of mobile Internet.
Google Plus is clearly the most successful Google's "social" project (after failures like Wave or Orkut). But they just missed a huge opportunity
, when there were 10, 25, 50 or 100 milions of users in every few weeks. No updates, no mobile version.. thats why plenty of them (sooner or later) left. And without "personal" connections, G+ can't even dream about closing to Facebook.
Unfortunately, the changes and "evolution" of Google Plus is still slow and rather questionable - for instance the recent redesign was quite nice, but
on FullHD screens it squeezed all content to a tiny column
and leave 66% of screen white and empty. What were they thinking?! I'd never thought that Google don't know how to create a dynamic width based on resolution..