And I feel fine.
“It’s no secret that Google+ didn’t quite work out the way Google envisioned…. The focus of Google+ – which still isn’t quite dead – will be on ‘becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them.'”
Google+ as an aggregation of all things Google was dead on arrival, because people don’t want to use or be conscripted into all things Google. But that doesn’t mean Google+ has nothing to offer. The code is solid, the interface is plenty usable, and it provides a ready-made platform for communities. For example, David Sparks and Katie Floyd have created quite a Mac Power Users community on Google+. There’s also a community for Text Expander snippets.
Google may have envisioned Google+ as the new Facebook, but it may end up being the new Google Groups, which was the new newsgroups. Anyone who’s been around the internet as long as I have remembers the fun, frontier-like days of the newsgroup. Many of us learned our way around the internet via various newsgroups.
So maybe Google+ won’t be quite as all-encompassing as Google planned. Maybe it will just be a platform for interest-based communities to gather and share ideas and information.
There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I feel good about it.