Ignore Google+ and Google search will ignore you. – Larry Page, Google CEO
Oh happy day! This is the best news that the Internet has had in many a year. Google has finally admitted that Google+ has been a colossal failure. The man behind the Google+ fiasco has been banished and the infuriating forced integration of all services will now finally come to an end.
From the get-go, Google+ had been a day late and a dollar short. It was always totally unneeded and redundant. For pure socializing we already had Facebook, Myspace, and dozens of other smaller sites. For business we had Linkedin and dozens of niche sites.
No one wanted Google+; no one needed it.
Google Goes to War With Facebook
The Internet’s gotten rather boring over the past couple of years. For me it’s always been a place to conduct business and research not a place to engage in pointless socializing as the current Social Media phase seems to demand. I have just never been into schmoozing for the sake of schmoozing. So it’s rather nice to see the two 800 lb. gorillas of the Net start to go at it. This should make the Net fun again.
Frankly, I don’t like either one of these giants. It’s not good for small business when Google is so dominant in search. The latest algo modification shifted billions in revenue from one group of sites to another. Imagine if you had been playing by the Google rules for years building up your traffic only to see it collapse over night as a result. That’s what happens when one search engine is so dominant. It makes me long for the 1990s when you had eight or ten search engines to choose from whenever you wanted to do a search. Back then you would use two or three for all important searches to satisfy yourself that you had found what you were looking for. Continue reading