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.

  2. No more Blogger? Gah! Not that I'm using it much these days, but when the urge strikes to write and share something, where would I go? What would I do with all the brilliant gems of sublime writing I've compiled here over the years?

    1. What to do with all you've written? Why, publish it in a collection! And I'd be glad to host anything you'd write - I'll be out here somewhere on the Internet even if Blogger goes away. So glad to hear from you!


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