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Why I won't write a requiem for Google+

Fredric Paul | Aug. 11, 2015
Over the last couple years, this TechWatch blog has been home to requiems for a number of products and services that have either died or pretty much died, collapsing to the point where they no longer resemble their once-great former selves.

But that's because the Google+ interface is so ugly and poorly laid out that I quickly lose patience and give up and move on. I'm not always a fan of Google's UI, but Google+ lowers the bar significantly. Heck, if Gmail was a mess like this I'd still be using Outlook.

Fortunately, there's little urgency because almost all the people I seem to be connected with on Google+ are already linked to me via one or more other social networks. I don't know anyone who relies on Google+ as their primary social network. (If you do, I'd love to hear from you as to why, and how well it works for you.)

So while it's sad to see anything fail, I'm not shedding many tears for Google+. I'll keep using many of the services Google+ connects to, including YouTube and Google Hangouts (not my favorite but pretty useful at times). Actively maintaining social presences on multiple networks is a pain, and I'm ready to give myself a break and stop posting to Google+ at all.

Am I missing something here? Does Google+ have some special awesomeness that I (and most other people) simply don't see? I'd love to be convinced.


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