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October 9, 2018


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So Google+ is shutting down

xTernal7 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
In about a year. Which is really a damn shame, because on paper, feature wise, Google+ is the superior social network.

Circles were a great thing. Three-column layout was another great thing about it (the wider your monitor, the more you appreciate it. It was bae on 21:9). If you uploaded a picture, it didn't outright cripple it, apngs worked fine where most everywhere else (especially on facebook) you get an over-compressed jpeg.

Collections are even better. You like the content this one person posts to one of the collections, but don't care much about their other posts? Fine, just follow the collection without following the person. You generally enjoy content of this one person except for all those minion cancer shit they sometimes post? If they're a decent human being and post the minion cancer to a separate collection, you can just unfollow that particular collection and keep enjoying everything else. As a poster, collections were a nifty way to separate your posts into bins.

All in all, G+ is/was the best social network in terms of features.

And while — overall — not many people used G+, it still had some pretty strong tabletop RPG communities (with a side dish of (fantasy) map-making communities), and it's pretty shitty having those disperse across 10 different alternative sites.


On the other hand, it's easy to see why Google decided they're pulling the plug. The quality of content in 'Trending' was consistently decreasing: from interesting tech articles and photography at the beginning, and then — about two or three years down the line — 'Trending' became outright normie shit. Teenage girl memes, Justin Bieber and One Direction videos, Cooking gifs — and when you thought 'trending' content couldn't get worse, political posts happened (and those were always either ultra-conservative or ultra-liberal retarded circlejerks). Eventually, political shit started sticking to just about any trending post, and in the past 6-12 months the situation with bot/spam accounts posting in 'popular' started to get progressively out of hand (and Google did nothing about it). That, the fact the vast majority (90+%) of interactions with G+ lasted under 5 seconds, and the latest reveal of an API bug that would allow for data breaches comparable to CA scandal on Facebook ... as I said, I can see why.

But for those of us who found the niche on G+ ... well, G+ will be missed. RIP.


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habituated Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
it's being replaced by aboutme or whatever.
f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. Cool features, but it was never really needed with all of the other tools out there.
littlemountainwitch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Google+ was terrible though because you can't change your name on Youtube. And besides, there exists snapchat, Skype, etc now so it's not likee it was ever needed in the first place. Also, privacy issues. If you're signed into that junk while surfing the web it will track you and that is terrible.
xTernal7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
>Google+ was terrible though because you can't change your name on Youtube.

Yes you can? What is 'brand account?'

>And besides, there exists snapchat, Skype, so it's not like it was ever needed

This is like the single most retarded sentence I've heard this week. Like, by far. "Oh, there exists messages written with ink that erases itself 10 seconds after you open the message and can only be sent with carrier pigeons. You can also use two cups connected via string to talk to your neighbour. It's not like there's any need for noticeboard/archive."

>Also, privacy issues.

lol tell me more

>If you're signed into that junk while surfing the web it will track you and that is terrible.

Here's a free tip for you: maybe you shouldn't talk about things that you know nothing about, because that's — at best — a complete and utter non-understanding of how things work and how tracking works.
LittleLilac95 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Im personally glad it is going away. I always found it difficult to sync with other social media, and plus there are a lot of people spreading bad things over google +.

Google + ? More like Google -
Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Student Writer
Huh. Honestly didn't even know it was still a thing, but I definitely remember it being a pretty bad flop when it first launched. This is the first thing I've read about it since it was ever launched and it seems the quality only got worse as time went on, haha. 

So while I can't necessarily say I'll miss it, and the reasons you listed sound like a hell of a good reason to close things down, sorry to hear that you're going to be losing a niche of your life. 
xTernal7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
> sorry to hear that you're going to be losing a niche of your life.

Don't worry about that, the tabletop RPG community has already found a new home within past 48 hours. I'll still miss the features, though.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
G+ was a great potential platform in it's early days, but very quickly it was destroyed my google itself through UI updates and shits in its function. Honestly I say good riddance. After the first 2 years it became sketchy, and after that when they pushed the Youtube/G+ integration that was the final nail in the coffin. I do find it sad, since there was so much potential with the platform, but it was Google's fault for trying to make it more like everything else, rather than it's own unique platform.
xTernal7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, I beg to differ with regards to the UI. Multi-column layout was great when introduced (especially when you're on monitors with non-shit aspect ratios, such as 21:9). Other than that I hardly recall when UI update would make things significantly worse. The 'big ticket item' that was the 'Collections' functionality was also only added on years down the line.

At the end of the day, G+ was plenty unique.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not saying it wasn't unique, the multi-column layout was introduced pretty early on.
Lienk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018
G+ is the closest thing there is to the classical boards and forums that were common nearly 20 years ago. It's really a shame they pull the plug. I mean, it's not that they could have fully integrated G+ into youtube at some point, keeping all of the features G+ has. But yeah, that would require effort and expensive human resources to pull off... 
pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Professional Artist
I liked it - there was a 3d printer community on there I've been active in. Better than Facebook for that type of thing by far.

:shrug: maybe they'll reconsider
xTernal7 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Tabletop groups seem to be mostly moving to MeWe right now. Judging by how MeWe has some fancy features, it's very likely that even if google reconsiders, nobody will come back.

As for MeWe — it's a nice social network, and it supports most of markdown spec (!), but at the end of the day it's closer to facebook than it is to G+. I don't like the lack of collections, and I don't like the fact that the only way to follow people is to send them a glorified friend request (as opposed to deviantART, twatter, G+ approach where you can just hit 'watch' or 'follow')

But I guess I'll take it.
Millymew Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Student Filmographer
Aha not for me, I hate Google +
Good riddance !

Nah I joking, it's true Google + had some cool features, but that's all lol
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