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Are you f—ing kidding me?
Currently a bunch of Google+ users are setting out to show a tech writer that, despite what she suggests in a blog post, Google+ is not some sort of ghost town. Odds are that most of these folks will endeavor to get their message across in the form of level-headed comments and emails. Unfortunately there's also a very good chance that there'll be a handful of individuals who'll view the writer's tongue-in-cheek remarks as a declaration of war — and act with the aggression they feel this necessitates. 

Sure, this course of events might sound silly to some of you, but most of those who have been in that writer's shoes — I certainly have — will cringe. The type of aggression female writers are subjected to when they offend the wrong fanboys and fangirls — I use that term while considering myself a Google+ fangirl, mind you — can be terrifying. 

Of course, as disheartening as that reality may be, it is unfortunately incredibly difficult to avoid. What is avoidable is the fanning of these flames.

You see, at the root of much — if not nearly all — of the rage directed toward the writer in question is a post by a prominent Google+ user. Despite acknowledging that the young woman was likely merely joking, he deems it acceptable (and necessary) to turn several million followers into a personal army against her. He even includes a photo — which he appears to have taken from her personal Google+ profile — along with his strongly worded call for action.

This is absolutely shameful. But I guess writing a post which merely reminds people about the glowing user numbers Google+ is hitting without promoting aggression against a young woman wouldn't have earned a sufficient number of shares and +1s.

Well, screw that. Here's what matters: The last time official numbers were shared, in late December 2012, Google+ had 135 million active users. I'll eat my favorite hat — a knitted red beanie, in case you're curious — if this number has not doubled by the time Google I/O comes around in May.

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Nice people are very few. I have learned that much. Caring people are even less. 
 
What? Elgin isn't shooting any rage at her. He's indignant, but not rude. I don't see a problem here. Sure there will be some idiots - but dear god, if you're writing for a blog the size of Giz, you better not make an error of that magnitude that will offend folks.
 
I used to actually follow Gizmodo until Google+ came around. Im not sure that Elgin's post is directing hate at her, but he is definitely calling her out on a gross misconception of the popularity of Google+. 
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