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Useful idiot: In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause. –Wikipedia

Today I saw an interesting post on a blog and immediately had a comment to make. I then took a moment to stretch my arms, crack my knuckles, and gather my thoughts before typing. When I attempted to start typing it into the comment box, I discovered that only comments from Google + accounts are accepted. Nothing else meet’s this guy’s standards. Linkedin? Twitter? Facebook? An address connected to your corporate domain?

Nope. Nothing is good enough for this guy’s blog except Google +.

Why is this such a big deal? It’s because Google + is ruining the Internet. It’s just another pointless douchebag of a social networking platform that no one needs. On top of no one wanting it, it just makes using services like Youtube and Gmail a pain in the ass because Google + behaves like a Herpes virus in that it is always trying to attach itself to the services that you do use. I have lost hours trying to disconnect¬†Google + from the gmail account I use for Youtube. If I succeed the damned thing somehow just reattaches itself.

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