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Its weird, but i also sense that G+ has kinda gone down since the changes a few months…

Its weird, but i also sense that G+ has kinda gone down since the changes a few months ago… It definitely doesn't seem to be the same Google + that was so engaging a few years ago.

How about you guys, do you still get a lot of action from G+? … are your follower count still going up? Do you feel new ppl come in here everyday?

Wonder how you feel about it.

Surprisingly, (because i use Periscope daily now) im progressively feeling pushed back to Twitter.

Reshared post from +Gideon Rosenblatt

Losing My Patience with Google+

Over the last six months or so I have watched as the quality of engagement here on Google+ has steadily declined. I have watched my follower count fluctuate and flatline. I have watched as people I used to engage with quite a bit here have left or dramatically scaled back their investments of time here. And yes, I have seen my own enthusiasm for investing time here wane significantly.

I ask myself why and the answers are never as simple as I would like. In the end though, I have come to the sad conclusion that the real thing that is killing Google+ is just plain bad management.

Lack of Attention
One gets the real sense that many of the people now charged with running Google+ don't really understand what it was that once made this service so good in its early days. Indeed, one gets the sense that few of the people managing the service today even really use Google+. There are a few noteworthy exceptions like +Yonatan Zunger and +Leo Deegan, of course. I once made a circle with some 50+ Googlers who were once active here, and when I click on that stream, well, it feels a lot like a ghost town.

+Bradley Horowitz, the VP in charge of Streams, Photos and Sharing, (which is where Google+ sits within the Google org structure) hasn't posted here on Google+ in half a year.

Oh, and remember +Luke Wroblewski, who used to manage Google+ and would send out all those updates on the redesign? Well, he hasn't posted a single thing here in over 7 weeks (even though @lukew is quite active on Twitter). You know why? I just happened to check his LinkedIn profile, and he's apparently no longer managing Google+. I don't recall seeing any announcement of this change – just a sudden silence from the man perhaps most responsible for the UI makeover of Google+.

Rudderless and Un-resourced
That decision to remake the Google+ UI followed a long string of decisions going back to the separation of Photos and Hangouts, each of which have seriously hurt the service. I know there were probably some good reasons to move to the new, mobile-dominant (as opposed to "mobile-friendly") UI, but the lack of enduser empathy from deprecating all the old functionality really was pretty staggering. Much of it hasn't come back, and much of what has is so stripped down (e.g. Events, community moderation) that it isn't really that usable.

As users, we have been asked to be patient and to have faith in the new strategy. Because I have been such a huge fan of Google+ for so long, that is exactly what I have done. I've been patient. I've believed. Believed that some big, cool fix was coming down the pike that would not only fix all the problems caused by the UI decision, but actually start innovating again with some cool new functionality.

Yes, we got Collections, and they actually are quite useful even if they do need a lot of work still. But that's really about it. It's been a couple years now and the silence is stultifying.

And finally, it hit me:

Maybe this is it. Maybe Google has significantly curtailed its investments in this network. Maybe the management squandered the scarce resources it did have on a redesign that users weren't really even asking for. And maybe, just maybe, what we see right now is pretty much what we're going to get.

User Investments
And this is where I start to get really mad. Like many others here, I have invested a lot of personal time and energy building a following here. Like many of you, I have poured heart and soul into filling this place not just with great content, but also with a sense of community. I could have made those investments in Twitter or Facebook or reddit, but like many of you, I made them here. And now I'm starting to wonder how smart of a decision that was.

All of this is particularly raw right now because I'm starting to play around a bit with the new distributed social network called Mastodon (https://mastodon.technology/@gideonro). It's far from perfect, but one thing that is very different is that it is open source and federated, rather than centrally owned and controlled.

There are lots of implications to this different model. For one, there is lots of competition and innovation in the works because Mastodon sits on top of GNU Social and rests within a "Fediverse" of related, and interoperable, social network platforms. They are working on solutions that make it easy to export your content from one platform to another – to prevent lock-in. Also, there is a lot of visibility on exactly what investments are being made in the platform by various contributors.

More importantly though, there is a very conscious understanding that the value of these networks is only partially the result of the software developers behind these solutions. Just as much of it lies with the end users.

In the end, this is the thing that I am most frustrated about right now with Google+. End users have made this place every bit as much as the coders and product planners behind Google+. This isn't to in any way diminish the importance of those contributions. But what I do find frustrating is the way that Google seems to regularly dismiss the importance, and the real economic and social value, of end user contributions. This was true with Google Reader, and sadly it appears to be true with Google+.

I'm still rooting for Google+ to turn things around, of course. I have a huge soft spot for this place, given all the great learning I've done here with my fellow travelers. But one thing is clear: I'm losing my patience, and I don't think I'm alone. 

Let the sunshine in!!

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Three words: Random. Easter. Icons

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Did you know?

I make Periscope music sessions quite often, you should really get into the action by simply following me there… easy peezy!

Come by and we'll talk android and all…


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This is AFTERBURNLook at that sexy, hard exterior with that soft, mushy interior.It’s…

This is AFTERBURN
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Tha Pill icon pack should be installing itself in your phone right about…. now!

For those who already miss STAMP

I made it a standalone pack if you want it in your collection….

here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thaphlash.stamp

Tha Landscape icon pack

Almost had to have a restricting order on a few people, has this one was highly requested 🙂

Available only in RANDOM: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thaphlash.random

DIAMOND icons (Out Now!)

Since i had a few people requesting those, they are now available as standalone, and they are slightly less expensive the the real thing. That should save you fellows few thousand bucks!

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Do you remember how to use actual stamps?Well these will look quite nice on your…

Do you remember how to use actual stamps?

Well these will look quite nice on your homescreen. Be creative and show me what you can do!

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(Any ideas on the next icon pack for public release as a standalone? Leave suggestions in the comments)

And its ready!

We worked our asses off on this one.

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You're really at the level of awesomness

that you should have your own theme music, and theme icon pack!

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Last day to get Tha CUPID icon pack!

Also, the BEST day to get Tha CUPID icon pack…
enjoy!

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These Valentine's Day icons might help ease the pain.

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Diamonds last forever

But relationships mostly not.

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CUPID – Icon Pack – is BACK!

This one is all ready for you and right on time too! A perfect conversation starter and a can be great ways to break the ice.

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It's the season of love!

So i've changed your icons this morning, let's run Tha HEART icon pack to see if it should be released…

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