Monday, October 8, 2018

Looks Like Google+ Is Going Away

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Looks like the security breach in Google's sort-of-equivalent to Facebook was the last straw for Google+. I know it isn't that popular. Even Google says so. This is from their blog:
This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.
I'm not sure what Google thought my expectations were; they never asked me. It was, I'd hoped,  another way to get info out about stories I've written though I seldom got any feedback via Google+. I wonder if Blogger is next. Guess I'd better do a backup...

RIP G+ (in 2019)

And, no, I still won't get on Facebook.

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  1. Wow hadn't expected that although I barely use it. I think Blogger has high usage. I use it & know of at least another 30+ regular users. It's the other go-to besides Wordpress. I'd say they're the two biggest. I have never been able to understand how WordPress works. Not user friendly to me. Try several times to set up a blog on ther cuz everyone raves about it, but no. I also use Weebly as my fixed site.

    Several times I have wanted to walk away from FB - & I did close my Miranda Kate side but still havey other personal one & now an author page. But they have made radical changes too. You can't gave a business in personal profile or sell through it, you have to open a business page. I think it's their way of driving ad traffic there so they can push their ad services. And no matter how much I might not like it FB is still one of the main platforms for authors.

    1. Although Blogger has a large number of users, the last statistics I had showed WordPress to have about 40 times the number of sites. More worrying is that Google hasn't don't much to upgrade Blogger in a long time. The only thing I can remember during the last two years is the https upgrade, and I think their hand was forced in that case. When a platform isn't being actively developed it's usually a sign its days are numbered. With the G+ integration going away, there is one less reason to use Blogger.

      I have been looking to into moving the blog to another platform, but during the last year I haven't had much (any?) time to really research this. What little writing or art I do is usually squeezed into a lunch break or similar times.

      As far as Facebook goes, no, not going there. It's a security issue I'd have to take off-line. That, and I don't really like the folks running it, though security is the real problem. I tolerate Twitter only because I haven't found a valid replacement (I have reduced my Twitter presence, however - not getting a lot out of it). I can live without Facebook. I don't know of one close friend in the States here (not that I have many) using Facebook. Maybe that's an anomaly, but it has little personal value for me.


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