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More Bad News for Google Plus

Google Plus is a loser.

Google Plus is a loser.

Imagine that you are the most powerful entity on the Internet. You are the middleman between the world’s buyers and sellers. The consumer buyers number in the billions. The corporate sellers number in the millions. You bring them together daily through billions of searches. As a result you are ranked as the #1 site on the Internet.

You then come out with another me-too social networking platform because you resent the success of Facebook. The only problem is that you’re a day late and a dollar short, as the old saying goes. The public is underwhelmed by Google Plus, to say the least.

So you decide to go Tony Soprano on them and issue threats:

Ignore Google Plus and Google search will ignore you. – Larry Page, Google CEO

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This pretty well sums up the feelings of growing numbers about Google +.

Google + is nothing but a Mafia style protection racket.

Ignore Google Plus and Google search will ignore you. – Google CEO Larry Page

Buy our insurance or sumtin’ bad might happen to your business. – Wiseguy

See the diff?

Warning: F-bombs galore in case you have kiddies within earshot.

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Anyone recall the original Google mantra of Do No Harm?

It was nice while it lasted.

Now it’s digressed into a simple thuggish threat:

Ignore Google Plus and Google search will ignore you. – Google CEO Larry Page

We are hard-pressed to see the difference between this and your run of the mill Mafioso threat: Buy our “insurance” or sumtin’ bad might happen to your business.

Google the Monsanto of the Internet

Google the Monsanto of the Internet

All we can conclude from this thug-like behavior is that people aren’t using Google +. Yes, they are being forced to register for it. After all, Google has made it next to impossible not to magically find yourself with a Google + account at some point.

If you are involved in SEO to any degree you will understand the bizarre quarterly SEO algortithm gyrations that Google has been making for the last few years. These have turned Google from the friend of small business and entrepreneurs into their worst enemy. Now this latest threat comes along.

But it gets worse as Set Godin points out.

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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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