Google Plus – The Walking Dead? I Don’t Think So.

Last week one of the Tabloids (there really isn’t a better way to describe them – at least not in polite company) produced a piece of  garbage content that caused a bit of  a stir.   There were lots of comments, lots of attention and of course lots of traffic to their site.    And while there may have been some strands of truth in their publication, for the most part it was fantasy.

What never ceases to amaze me is where seemingly responsible publications get their information.  How do they find these people?  They certainly don’t find them actively engaging on the platforms they’re speaking about.  Granted you can research a subject and write about it, but it doesn’t make you any type of authority on the subject or qualified to speak intelligently about the subject based on experience.  I also have to wonder doesn’t anybody read these articles before allowing them to be publishes, or is it all about the traffic, regardless of the truth.

As the emails and PM’s began to pour in, I spent the next few days putting out fires and calming people down.   I kept telling them to Take a deep breath and repeat after me……I’m one with the universe…..I’m one with the universe……sigh

Keep Calm and Love the Plus

Just in case  you missed all the excitement, I’ll do my best to fill you in.

It all started when TechCrunch published an article citing undisclosed sources reporting that Google was moving 1000 Google+ employees to a different division, when in fact they were only moving to a different building.  Google+ is growing and had outgrown their old building necessitating the move.

Then those same morons undisclosed sources told them that the Google+ Experiment was over and with President Vic Gundotra  leaving the company chaos and mayhem would ensue.  The truth is Vic is Leaving Google+ but he didn’t take the keys to the kingdom with him or turn off the lights on his way out., Google+ is still alive and kicking!

Of course Google was quick to debunk the article calling the information regarding  G+ as The Walking Dead as false and misleading, and the moves taking place were not because of the departure of Vic Gundrota, but had been in the planning for some time.  In actuality the departure of Vic Gundotra was more than likely as much a surprise to Google as it was to us.

A former Google+ employee Matt Cruikshank  said it quite succinctly in his blog when he talked about the article TechCrunch had published-

“I’m embarrassed for TechCrunch at how badly they handled Vic Gundotra’s departure.

      -Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

Google Plus Daily had a great article on the subject and printed a reply to a post by Francine Hardaway in which Yonatan Zunger, Senior Engineer for Google+ replied it was all BS.

Yonatan-Response-to-Walking-Dead

check out the post at Google Plus Daily for more on the story.

The common misconception about G+ that most people have is that Google’s goal was to make G+ the largest and best Social Media on the planet, and that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

The main purpose of building the platform that has put “Social back into Social Media” was simply to improve search.
Does that mean that Google isn’t interested in having more users and won’t continue to refine the platform?  Of course not.   Google will continue to develop new products and find new ways to encourage us to use more of their products integrating themselves into  more and more of our lives.
But if you still have doubts, just take a look at your options.  Facebook keeps shooting off toes every chance they get, and I still have no idea what the hell to do with Twitter…..sigh
And that being said I think our best option is to welcome Google+’s New Commander and Chief Dave Brisbis and strap in for what I’m sure will continue to be the  ride of our lives as the Evolution of Google Plus continues!
Is Google Plus the Walking Dead?  If you believe that I have some swamp land in Florida I’d like to sell you!
-It’s a Brave New World Baby

Comments

  1. Thanks for the info, Dennis – and I agree! Google + isn’t just a social networking site, it is part of Google’s algorithm. An essential part that continues to keep them at the forefront of search. And isn’t that Google’s primary job – to give us the best search results?

  2. I have no idea why anyone would say such a thing, especially without doing proper research. It looks as though that source has lost credibility to say the least. I don’t usually believe rumors anyway. :-) Thank you for clearing this up for us!

    • its just another example of people just trying to get everyones attention, no one really cares about the facts if they can manipulate them to say what they want Dionne. I’m just happy they weren’t true!

  3. Totally agree with you, it’s quite the opposite. Google+ has already been so good for me and I’m having so much fun with it. Both of our blogs benefit so much from it, not to mention the relationships we build there. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. I was curious to hear what you’d have to say on this one, Dennis. Thanks for sharing & providing some perspective.

  5. “I am one with the Universe… I am one with the Universe.” ;) Great rebuttal, Dennis! Thanks for bringing truth and clarity to the G+ gossip going around.

  6. I have to say Chef Dennis, I read the article myself and I immediately thought of you! I appreciate your thoughts here. Wishing G+ will go away doesn’t mean its going away, so people might as well get on board. Happy Thursday!

    • Thanks Meggan, I know so many of my friends that I’ve brought over to G+ had the same questions after investing time and energy on G+. I am anxious to see what direction our new leader will take it in.

  7. Loved your article. Never had any doubt in my mind that G+ would be phased out. G+ has become my favorite of all the social media sites and I plan on enjoying the ride. I read articles like the one “TC” (don’t even want to give them credit of a name mention) published with the same humor as the tabloids at the supermarket. I am calm and I love the PLUS.

  8. I just helped a hotel in Cyprus move their map marker and set up their Google+ page. It is not going away because there is more to Google+ for businesses and people. Great article and really enjoy your posts.

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