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Four Signs Google+ Might Not Be Doing So Well

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I’ve hesitated to post anything related to the recent news that Google+ might not be doing so well. Why? Because you could still say it’s too early to judge its success just yet.

But after I read a post where one of Google’s Engineers accidentally posted a rant about Google+, I thought it was time to round up some links for you and let you decide for yourself how the social networking site is doing,

Here are four signs Google+ might not be doing so well:

1. A Google Engineer accidentally post a 5,000 word rant about Google’s platform failures – In about the middle of his little (okay large) rant, he talks about Google+. He says, “That one last thing that Google doesn’t do well is platforms. We don’t understand platforms. We don’t ‘get’ platforms. Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo).”

He went on to say the Google+ platform is a “pathetic afterthought”. He goes on to talk about why Facebook is successful and how “Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction”. Ouch.

2. Google’s own management team doesn’t use Google + – I don’t know about you, but if I was on Google’s management team, you better believe I would be using Google+. Not only to understand it fully, but just for the simple sake of supporting my company. Right? In the post by Mashable they show that “Not one of Google’s six independent board members have ever posted publicly on Google+”.

Really? That news was shocking to me.

3. The Google+ traffic drop everyone reported on – I read it everywhere. Google Plus’s traffic dropped drastically in just two days after it spiked. It spiked because they opened it up to the public. So, it took only two days for it to go right back to where it was. The interest was obviously there, but that interest didn’t last long.

ReadWriteWeb says, “Google Plus just doesn’t seem to be catching on. There’s only so much time in a day for social networking, and this newcomer isn’t converting many users.”

4. Facebook is still thriving, Google+ is full of crickets – This last reason is just a personal observation. I excitedly signed up with Google+ as soon as I could. I excitedly played games the day Google+ made them available to me. I excitedly talked about Google+ non-stop…and so did my social media friends.

Fast forward a couple of months later and I hardly make it over there and neither do a lot of my online friends. Yet, as I head to Facebook it’s still a thriving (albeit upset about all of the recent changes) community and you can tell no one is really going anywhere.

Did this Forbes writer get it right when he said Google+ is a failure?

Now it’s your turn to chime in. Does it look to you that Google+ is not doing so well? If so, what signs draw you to that conclusion. And for those of you who use it everyday, what brings you there and keeps you coming back?

Julie Bonner covers breaking news in several different areas for the BlogWorld Blog. After blogging in a variety of topics, she found her calling in the world of toys and owns ToyXplosion, a site dedicated to all things toys. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter (@juliebonner).


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