I gave up and reinstated my Google+ account because Hangouts is the only way I can chat or video with some people, including my highly untechnical parents with a Nexus 7, gifted by a friend.
I haven’t posted anything to Google+ in the week since I reinstated my account, yet dozens of people are once again adding me, just as they have since about six months into Google+’s existence. This is not a humblebrag, it is a resurrection of my investigation into this phenomenon.
Same as before, almost none of these people seem to do anything with their Google+ accounts. Most barely have any profile details beyond a name and have never published any photos or text posts publicly.
I’ve never put much effort into my Google+ account. More importantly, I have been openly critical and skeptical of the service—initially on Google+ but continuing on the other platforms I care about—since Google started shoving it down our throats. In other words, I’m pretty sure I’m not on any of the “Featured Users!” lists.
Same as before, I call shenanigans. I got $10 that says these are fake profiles invented by the Google+ team to create the illusion of growth and interest in what is ultimately a “social layer” dud.
It’s been two days since they shut off the beta for Titanfall, one of the best multiplayer shooters I’ve ever played and the Xbox One’s first killer app. With the beta gone, the game is effectively gone forever. Until it’s released on March 11.
I think I’m doing ok, but the early warning signs are there. So far:
- I’m having noticeable trouble deciding which custom loadout in my closet to wear today
- Last night I tried pulling up on my sofa cushion to eject from the living room
- Doing errands yesterday, I nearly decided to ram my car through traffic and two stoplights because I figured if it gets wrecked a brand new one will drop from the sky in two minutes and sure I can survive on foot that long it seems like almost no one is shooting back at me
Facebook just bought WhatsApp for $16 billion.
Sixteen billion dollars.
That’s twice what Microsoft spent to buy Skype, for a messaging app with a heavily non-US base (that’s the important part) of 450 million active users and a cost of just 99¢ per year to use.
Strangely, unlike Facebook’s previous acquisitions over the past couple years of gorgeous Mac and iOS apps and the studios that built them, WhatsApp is absolutely hideous. Maybe the design and engineering all-star team Facebook put together can lend a hand with that.
All your messaging, apparently, belong to Facebook.
(For what it’s worth I really like Facebook Messenger. I hope more of my friends and soon-to-be friends use it)
I wish the latest viral trend at Google, Facebook, and the rest of Silicon Valley was a sense of customer support and taking care of the users, without whom none of their products would have a reason to exist.