Google+ is the new attempt by Google to take on social networking giants, primarily Facebook., and is just another of their projects which is a disaster waiting to happen.
They tried before and failed miserably with Google Wave and Google Buzz. And shot themselves in the foot with Buzz by automatically enrolling their G-mail users without their permission which resulted in a lawsuit and an out-of-court settlement.
Let’s face facts Google has made some goofs over the years in their attempt to take over the Internet. And I suspect that Google+ will be the next goof in line. Clones don’t go over well on the Internet, a lot of ducks have to be lined up in a row and a lot of luck has to magically appear for a clone to overtake a very popular original idea. It does happen…( Facebook succeeded MySpace, Google succeeded Yahoo, etc…does anyone even remember the once popular Netscape browser that was replaced by IE? ), so does getting hit by lightning and winning the lottery…but don’t count on it.
The Google blog press release makes Google+ sound like a children’s playhouse. It goes on to explain what Google+ is about as if they are talking to morons.
We made Google what it is, just like we we’re making Firefox what it is…we took a little search engine that was just a needle in the big haystack of Yahoo and made it into a billion dollar company. And ever since then Google has been trying to recreate that lightning strike by cloning other things off the Net…and failing.
I think it’s high time Google did two things…
1. stop trying to tell us what we want and listen to the public that made them the giant they are and create something we actually want, instead of constantly trying to recreate something we don’t even need…the more often they fail the less confidence people will have in them, and the more likely they will get replaced just like they replaced Yahoo
2. get rid of that gawd awful page rank system and it’s no-follow attribute…no other search engine has or requires it, because no other search engine is stupid enough to be that aggressively interfering. Google itself claims it’s meaningless and took it off of Webmaster’s Tools to make that point. Yet allows it to continue to exist. If it did not exist a whole slew of issues that site owners deal with would go away. It’s a hindrance not a help.
Google+ is going to go into the annals of the Internet as another ‘ FAIL ‘…they would be far better off buying Facebook than trying to clone it.
UPDATE: apparently Microsoft leaked their foray into social networking giants, but quickly removed the page and excused it as ‘ we were just goofing around with this and it accidentally went live ‘.
“A striking number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours”