It just goes to show that even with unlimited funds, talent and motivation even the best ideas sometimes just can’t get traction.
I have my own list of loves and frustrations when it comes to Google+, most of which are centered around Hangouts. Hangouts in many ways served as the springboard we used on my podcast to make the leap from audio-only to live streaming. Google made assembling a webinar-like event brain-dead simple but it was definitely not without it’s issues… for example the rapid pace of “innovation” when they rolled out new features caused us to lose several shows — some episodes were lost DURING the show, meaning they failed to record. But the negatives were small in comparison to the great tool Hangouts was (is).
I think it’s very hard these days for photographers to put their trust in any single online tool. Especially after all of the noise Google put behind G+, I was sure it was the Facebook-killer, and with Google’s deep pockets, the service would be around forever… like Gmail. But, just like that, what *was* a promising new platform has gone the way of Wave and so many others. When you’ve been hurt so many times before, trust becomes harder and harder to elicit.