Interesting perspective, however did Google+ really 'ruin' the company or just shut down 'play time' (innovation time) to get focused on an imminent threat (Facebook) through a single corporate initiative?
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- You should read https://plus.google.com/103097764320602190090/posts/X1Nz63xv4pq's post
and his comments on James Whittaker "I only remember that when he started (even during interviews) he would go on and on how stupid his ex-employer was about the whole Vista debacle. Yet, he was part of the Vista team..." and now he is back to Microsoft and posting the rant on a Microsoft blog.Mar 15, 2012
- you're the exception, not the rule.Mar 15, 2012
- , in what way?Mar 15, 2012
- The real problem are the numbers. If google + don't have similar numbers with facebook then always will be "a failure" in the eyes of most people. This point of view is right when you look this thing as a company, or as someone who uses social media to work, but, at least for me, the real issue is about user type. At G+ you can find a lot of really good info, discussion, and interesting people without even be friends, you can´t do that at facebook because the typical user is someone who only post pictures, some "what I'm feeling right now" and play really lame games. It´s true that the world of business move around money, and numbers are really important in that world, but is also important to remember that finally there's someone behind the "username", and that people are different in "offline" life vs "online" life. Having competition is always good if you know how to handle that.Mar 15, 2012
- As a Google fan girl, I've always been in awe of the way Google executes subtlety but these past six months have been...peculiar. They've been pushing new features and services in our faces (like Facebook does) and frankly, it's rude. I get what they're planning to do but all my non-techie friends are confused, annoyed and don't understand the ultra granular settings. It's a bit disappointing to see from an org I've admired so much. But perhaps the ethos shift is a must as tech companies seem to aggressively push innovation onto the public.Mar 28, 2012
- The reality is that I believe Google realizes where things are heading and facebook was WAY out in front. They have a goldmine of identity and behavioral data. Google's entire business model is about gathering data from users by offering revolutionary free services. The stake in the ground for Google+ is an acknowledgement that Google has to adapt or die. They are in such a position of leverage with all of their other products and services, but the user experience is still front and center and dictating activity (arguably low and uncompelling for the common person). It would be interesting to understand when Google initiated 20% (at what level of search dominance) and if the focus on Google+ is similar to when they were a startup trying to revolutionize search. Perhaps intense focus in certain maturity stages is required in order to penetrate and secure a leadership position. Good discussionMar 28, 2012
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