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Musings after a day or two of Google+

2011-07-07 18:40:00.21123+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

I still have dreams of the snippet manager, and maybe I'll dump MediaWiki on Flutterby.net so that I can implement most of it there (I have an architecture that I think will work simply), however...

What I'd really like right now is an RSS aggregator that simply understands that blogentries have comments. That would be far more useful to me than any number of Facebook killers, because it would let me better interact with the people I'm already reading and socializing with online.

Done right, that could give me a Facebook like stream that'd be the distributed killer everyone's talking about. Heck, I'd add RSS feeds to the comments here for that.

Google got big not by trying to own the conversation, but by facilitating us in finding and participating in it. Google+ so far appears to be an attempt to own it. It looks like it came from Microsoft.

Unless it changes directions pretty radically, I'm not excited.

[ related topics: Humor Content Management Microsoft moron Work, productivity and environment Architecture ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-07-08 19:14:31.400006+00 by: Dan Lyke

Some notes about the privacy of your postings, in which it is revealed that if you tag someone in a post (ie: Google+'s equivalent to an '@' reference) they get access to it. Difficult to do a "Surprise birthday party for ..." reference.

And from one of the various threads about how Google+ works, I forget which one: Falsehoods programmers believe about names.

I think Google+'s success or failure will, much like Facebook, depend upon its users. It's broken in many of the same ways that Facebook is. Even as it offers up "circles", it misses critical things about identity and personas, and... well...

I'll continue to check it occasionally, see if anything happens there, but I'd really rather talk to y'all on your own blogs.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-07-08 17:24:08.075384+00 by: Dan Lyke

Anti-pseudonym bingo

Also, yes, thank you, we are aware that a bingo card does not constitute a logical reasoned argument. You could, if you like, use it as a clue that we’ve heard some of your ideas before though.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-07-08 15:35:30.438794+00 by: Dan Lyke

Twitter's first big application was helping SXSW attendees find the parties. Facebook's was helping Harvard students get laid. Plus appears to have been developed to to let Google employees share work related materials with other Google employees.

Randall Munroe on Google+'s gender fail.