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
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”
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.