When Google+ was launched, Google aimed at taking a shot at Twitter and Facebook to make its tens of millions of users of Gmail, its foremost successful product after search, to fall in line and ape the subaltern social media platform.
But the overbearing and forceful induction into its stream from unwilling users turned into a fatal experiment that was finally sealed off on July 27 by Google in its blogpost with little regret.
“When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,” said Bradley Horowitz, VP of Streams, Photos, and Sharing in Google.
What had been more annoying with Google+ is that the Gmail owner tried to integrate its Google+ profile users to reveal everything they have been doing on all other Google platforms which many of them disliked as even a small slip in one place may bind them to their sin forever in other platforms.
“So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes,” said Google’s Horowitz in a blogpost, suggesting what Google admirers can expect in Google+ now:
A more focused Google+ experience now as Google+ will have “an added new feature Google+ Collections, where you can share and enjoy posts organized by the topics you care. Now, the elements of Google+ Photos have been moved into the new Google Photos app, and we’re well underway putting location sharing into Hangouts and other apps.”
Using Google without a Google+ profile now makes life easier as many people do not want to share their privacy in lieu of what Google offers in return or in the name of one account for all. It may even land one in trouble or one mistake shows up your foolish step in all your accounts as well.
The blog post says, “So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google.” YouTube has already implemented it making many annoyed and now Google says, “As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles.”
But Google need to distance from connecting all into one as people prefer privacy more than the so-called convenience that Google+ offered openly. Correcting its overbearing omnipresent solution, Google said those who have already whether willingly or unwillingly or by sheer mistake “created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.”
Finally, Google said these changes roll out in stages over several months and not overnight but assures again unwittingly that “they’re right for Google’s users—both the people who are on Google+ every single day, and the people who aren’t.” Since the latter group is in majority, Google’s decision is apt and right. Thank God, Google+ is no more painful.
However, some point out that Google under scrutiny in many countries for unfair competition may have decided to remove Google+ from the list of “Must Google” account. Even India has initiated a probe into these allegations recently.