Thursday, 18 April 2013

Desperation?

If you read enough nerdy, technical sites on the internet you'll find much discussion about how Google+ has not done done what the Mountain View elves thought it would.  Google+ has not taken over the world and eclipsed Facebook as a social media tool. 

So, if you can't make users voluntarily take up your new paradigm, what ya gonna do?  Simple, you force them into using it by removing alternatives.  For example, it is not possible to leave an App review on Google Play unless you have a Google+ profile. 

Today, Googleplex goblins announced a wonderful new feature to the blogging community:

Starting today, you can bring Google+ Comments to your Blogger blog. Once you've enabled the feature through your Blogger Dashboard, you'll enjoy a number of important benefits:

I'm sorry, I just don't get this need or desire to link everything to anything and everyone? I have a nasty suspicion this is the thin end of the wedge and that it won't be long before the only people who can comment on a blog are those signed into a Google+ account.  My not very technical crystal ball predicts that we're heading for a world where you won't be able to use most of Google's services unless you have a Google+ profile.   It's all starting to look a bit totalitarian . . .








20 comments:

  1. It's does seem that Google has us by the short and curlies. I do use social media for my business and novel promotion, but I do like to have the choice, that could change.

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  2. I agree - it does seem that we are being corralled! I have tried changing my Google+ profile photo today. I've uploaded photos of the prescribed size but it then insists on cropping them - very frustrating

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  3. Steve, thanks for commenting, lovely to hear from you again.

    Sue, be careful when you change your G+ profile. I tried to set one up as "Aunty Bilbo" which is a Blogger ID that I have "in the background" and got a message that the name I was using was incompatible with the naming convention which G+ insist on and that the account was locked until I changed it to something they approved of. As this is a backup account there was no damage done but it could have been ruddy inconvenient.

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  4. I'm afraid I find it all rather confusing and would rather sit and crochet and chat to my dogs... technically challenged I'm afraid! Nice to meet you and Daisy :) xx

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    1. Cheryl, nice to meet you too, thank yo for visiting and for leaving a comment :}

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  5. I left Google Reader recently as like your other commenter above I was told my name did'nt fit with their naming convention. I have only one name!! I now follow blogs through Wordpress or Bloglovin. Kept Gmail but that's the extent of Google for me now. Your name does'nt fit.....never heard the like of it!!!

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    1. Country Cottage, I think these days, like Microsoft, it's getting harder to avoid the Big G! Don't be surprised if you, as a WP user, find it impossible to leave comments on some blogs, apparently there's some coding bug that Google can't/won't fix. Thanks for commenting here though :}

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  6. I've never really got round to trying to understand Google+. I've noticed some of the stuff I did on Google spreadsheets has stopped working recently so it's back to good old Excel.

    Guess I'll just have to let Sue sort out the best blogging options and go with the flow. How lazy is that?

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    1. Hi Mr 41, never used Google Docs. Can't see the point when Open Office is free and almost bombproof.
      http://www.openoffice.org/download/

      (and I'm too mean to spend a fortune on "Office")

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  7. I don't use Google+ either, in spite of being invited there by good friends. I'm not on Facebook either. If they won't let me 'do things' because of that, I'll cope!

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    1. Hi Kath, I'm not on Faceache either, can't see the point. You've mastered Twitter though, haven't you in your literary 'other life'?

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  8. Obviously I don't read enough nerdy sites as I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! Am I missing anything important??? I think I'll just go and hide outside, it's safer. x

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  9. I don't get it either. You advised me about not having Google+ at the start and I changed it, but couldn't change my name to OzSue, but did get the blog up and running as you know. Now, with all this I am completely in the dark. Maybe craft and gardening are just much easier.

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  10. Thank you, Country Bumpkin. I thought I was the only one not understanding what she said!! Bilbo, you have been so busy lately!! Makes me weary just to read it.

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  11. CB, Susan and FFG, thank you for leaving comments, and many apologies that I haven't replied sooner. Err, sorry if I am not making sense.

    At present, you can have different accounts with Google but they're not the same - your Blogger account, a Gmail account and a Google+ account will be linked (if you have 2 or more) but separate. The Blogger account you signed in with to leave these comments is not the same as a Google+ account. My assertion is at some point in the future Google will try to retire Blogger user-names and insist that you transition to a G+ sign-in.

    For Susan this won't make a blind bit of difference as she is already using her real name. For CB, FFG, me and thousands of others who want to keep their real names to themselves, this will be a game-changer. I tried to use Aunty Bilbo as a G+ name. Google refused to accept "Aunty' as a first name and locked the account until I changed it. I had the option of sending them notarised documents to prove what my name was if 'Aunty' really was my Christian name!

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  12. Ohhhhh I have remembered you and found you again!

    I had a serious house fire before christmas and its taking a while to get back in/fixed/basic amenties reinstored (had a boiler installed yesterday and now have hot running water am tempted to just stand there and let the tap run for the hey ho) Am living in a basic very basic caravan in the front garden with an electric hook up to the house (had board and socket installed few weeks back) Anyway watching the Hairy bikers tonight and they were on about potagers and cooking potages! Something flash backed for me and made me think of your potage, there ensued a good half an hour or more before I could even bring back your blog name and then it was a bit of well is it?? I had completely forgotten you and the blog and my computer is in my loft lounge conversion which suffered great smoke damage (cleaned up some of it but now I have running hot water will get back to that probably this weekend boiling up kettles was kind of laborious) and I dont know if my computer will fire up and all my "favourites" are on there. I am using sons laptop in the interim - no doubt he will want that back at some time and he was lucky that was unscathed! Just seen mention of LP and thought ohhhhh could def do with him now more than I wished in past! son took down massive conifers to get caravan in and well got wood everywhere along with charred stuff from indoors lol! I see you have a dog now best read up and see if she is a permanent fixture or you are looking after.

    Anyway chuffed to have remembered you and found you again.

    Oh btw was out walking the dog on Saturday night along the lane back to "home" and a bird was flying towards me in the distance and it seemed to fill the lane wing span wise and I kept thinking omg its an owl and sure enough as it got closer it flipped over the hedge and flew past me parallel and prob no more than 10 or so feet away from me and you could see its face so very clearly! I think you would have loved it!

    Well now that I have found you I must take some time to catch up on what I have missed!

    Regards

    Janette

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    1. Janette, how lovely to hear from you again. I can't reply directly to you because your Blogger Profile is set to 'private', so I'll just say Thank Dog you are OK and am very sorry to hear about your fire. A friend of ours had a kitchen fire 18 months ago (unattended chip pan) and it was only recently that things were finally back to normal. Sounds like you are making excellent progress, good luck with all the future work that has to be done.

      Well done for seeing the owl, lucky you to get so close! Enjoy catching up on the Bag End antics, you'll find that Daisy is very much a permanent feature :}

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    2. Awhhhhhhhhhhh glad you have found room to love again as it were after the hairy one (thought about that after I posted the message that it was the "hairy" bikers that brought me back here).

      I didnt go back in the house for a week by which time the boys has ripped out loads of stuff so I didnt see it at its worse but pretty much. I can tell you every little advancement is much appreciated! I could have kissed the plumber when he left yesterday - he will come back when the walls are back up and put in new rads. I had hoped he could let me have my cooker on but he said he couldnt leave it connected because when I was up on a chair hacking off blown plaster in the kitchen (not the seat of the fire but shudder like a dungeon and seeing as I only finished having new worktops extra "new to me" cupboards and sink the week before the fire was probably the most depressing room in there) I put my foot through the outer door of the cooker so bang went that expectation of being able to cook on my cooker again yesterday but like I say I could have kissed him. I said I bet you dont get many customers so happy as me! The things we take for granted I went for a few weeks til son capped off pipes without running water and had to bring it home.

      It was so amazing to see the owls face so vividly!

      Kinda ironic that you said thank Dog you are ok if you read the following link lol! I only took the next day off because all I had was the pjs and sandals I was stood up in. Luckily my room was practically untouched bar some bubbling up on the ceiling where the flames were about to breach but my clothes were in tact and thanks to sis washing I was back at work on the Tuesday.

      Anyway about Vinnie http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thisisplymouth.co.uk%2FKitten-survives-cats-die-blaze-family-saved-dog%2Fstory-17511106-detail%2Fstory.html&ei=rz94UeCuKoTmOYLYgfgF&usg=AFQjCNGEoCOHT_0WyKptdVzDCAY15_-vRA&sig2=ZSDhGOKkRMlojBdXI2mRFQ&bvm=bv.45645796,d.ZWU
      I hope to catch up of an evening over the next few days and see all the pics you will have posted over the last few months

      Jz

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    3. Very sorry to hear about the other animals, but if not for Vinnie, you and Andy might not be here.

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  13. Indeed we owe our lives to him - as I had just got into bed and pulled over the duvet to snuggle down and was tired it could have been a whole different story in another couple of minutes had I fallen asleep

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