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How Steve Jobs Changed Google Plus 243

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Anthony_Cargile writes "Everyone thinks of Google Plus as a social networking website competing with Facebook, but that is no longer the case — even Google recognizes its failure in that regard. But in a meeting with Sergey Brin and Larry Page shortly before his death, Steve Jobs gave key advice as to what direction to take their company with regards to Google Plus, as is evidenced by their controversial new 'umbrella' privacy policy that went in effect this year. Privacy advocates beware, as the problem is almost certainly worse than ever anticipated."
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How Steve Jobs Changed Google Plus

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  • by wordsnyc (956034) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @07:09PM (#40354991) Homepage

    Slow news day much? This article is devoid of news, consists solely of "Duh!" opinions rendered in awkward sophomoric prose, and is all too typical of the low standards of fourth-tier tech sites. "The leader in technology news and commentary"? Maybe at your particular high school.

  • by achlorophyl (2205676) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @07:12PM (#40355009) Homepage
    Google+ gets fun to look at. Google seeds your timeline with nifty examples of posts from all different people. Like for example blogger posts stuff about making blogs.. Then Google will put random posts from different people. It's not boring like Facebook, where only your friends show up on your timeline.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 17, 2012 @07:14PM (#40355025)

    Didn't Google call Google+ an identity service? You can't expect privacy from an Identity Service. That would be like expecting Facebook to stop violating your privacy; they can't stop, violating your privacy IS their business model.

  • by Georules (655379) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @09:53PM (#40355847)

    Where do you get off calling MobileMe a massive failure?

    Well, Steve Jobs called MobileMe and the MobileMe team a massive failure himself.

    "Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?" Having received a satisfactory answer, he continues, "So why the f*** doesn't it do that?"
    Steve Jobs summoned the entire MobileMe team for a meeting at the company's on-campus Town Hall, accusing everyone of "tarnishing Apple's reputation." He told the members of the team they "should hate each other for having let each other down", and went on to name new executives on the spot to run the MobileMe team.

    Source []

  • by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @10:10PM (#40355895)
    FTFS "Everyone thinks of Google Plus as a social networking" ... - I rarely think about Google Plus and I suspect 98% of the planet don't give a damn.
  • by Gaygirlie (1657131) <{gaygirlie} {at} {}> on Sunday June 17, 2012 @10:44PM (#40356061) Homepage

    It's just what everyone already knew - Google+ is one more Google service and will continue to exist and act as a data source to better target their advertisements. Big deal.

    Indeed. Personally I use Google+ nowadays on a daily basis and I know full well that Google collects some data for marketing purposes. They sell the data in large batches per demographic and anonymizes the data first, and in exchange I get to use an extremely handy platform that isn't crowded with the "Mememememe" - or "I have a 5 seconds attention span" - crowd. Sounds like a good deal to me, atleast.

  • by Truedat (2545458) on Monday June 18, 2012 @04:45AM (#40357353)

    That's what they said about Aristotle every time someone challenged some aspect of the great man's system. Maybe that's why it took 1800 years for the heliocentric model of the solar system, and the experimental basis of science, to gain any traction.

    Well that was a bit weird, it's not as if Jobs has put forward any mathematical theories that may or may not be debunked. The parent made a comment about SJ popularity (or notoriety, whatever) and how people are fascinated by him and your comment is evidence of that. Yes I am a fan of Apple, but quite apart from that I don't see any other CEOs that capture the attention of anyone round here, do you?

  • Re:Parallel world. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rtb61 (674572) on Monday June 18, 2012 @04:55AM (#40357387) Homepage

    The main reason G+ 'appears' to be stumbling is because it is Google, people expect it to win overnight. Google didn't beat Alta Vista and MSN overnight, it took some years and all G+ has to do is continue, refine and improve in favour of the customer, while Facebook is forced to continue to squeeze the screws on the customers to increase revenue and the result will be inevitable, it wont happen overnight and Google can still screw it up but if they or someone else work solidly and carefully at it, just like Myspace, Facebook will die as a fad.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.