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Google+, nymwars, etc

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So now I'm a little internet famous 'cause of my advocacy in the #nymwars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgyYu2RPH94

In other news, I've mostly moved over to G+ for blogging-type activity: https://profiles.google.com/saizai

I hope they fix the nymwars debacle pronto though, 'cause it really does sour me to have a service think my name and my friends' isn't WASPnymic enough to be "acceptable" to its "community standards". That's pretty insulting.

I do like G+ overall though, other than this one massive fuckup, and I'm actually in the final stages of a job application with them (tech committee approved me, waiting on execs). I think that for me and many others, the reason we're making a fuss about this is because we like the service and we have high expectations of Google overall to not be evil.

We wouldn't bother if we didn't like 'em; online, the way you really die is accompanied by a "meh". If people care enough to try to convince you to stop shooting yourself in the face, you've got a damn good thing going overall, and you should pay attention to your users.

Anyway, circle me over on G+ if you want to know what I'm up to.

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sylvanstargazer
Aug. 24th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I liked it okay, but didn't find it had enough incoming filters to actually be useful to me as a reading platform. Combine that with lacking the "Add To Reader" button that I use all the time and that 10% my friends were either constantly bouncing from nymwars or couldn't use it because they use a screen reader, and I eventually just unsubscribed. 90% of what I want it to do (and 105% of what I can do with Google+) I can do with Google Reader.

As for posting, I've already put effort into the search results for my name; I don't want to have to constantly think about SEO before replying to something interesting. Which I am assuming is why Google keeps pushing this "real name" thing anyway.
bzero
Jan. 11th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'll pop over to Google+. In the meantime, have a good birthday tomorrow!
magicpandadance
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, I *thought* "saizai" sounded familiar! I just got linked to the post on boingboing. I'm surprised I remembered since I knew you even before I started using my pandapounce handle. I replied to the YouTube video, but I'll say it here to. Thanks for what you're doing!
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