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    • Sounds like a bit of a big noter with a bigger ego. A disgruntled employee hitting while everyone is in a hate google mood . Two sides to every story.

      Most people, are so far over the mass hysteria that this side note announcement of google closing G+ has caused, that they are continuing on with life with out it..

      Maybe there is a method in their madness to knock Gplus on the head, as it was full of fake un used accounts. Spam is invading the place, goodness knows how costly that must be to keep track of, they might start again, something fresher and better and back to basic human social values that will be respected on the world wide webb, who knows who cares, no point whinging about it now, split milk

    • I've only been on Cake a few days and yet it is very obvious that if the Cake culture had been the Google Plus culture in 2011 or earlier that things would have been extremely different. The reason that I use 2011, is that prior to that year, G+ was invite only.

      (Side Note: Regrettably many of the accounts that had been somewhat active only 12 months before G+ was opened to the public were already dead on opening day.)

      The people on Cake who are "in house" are not just focused on code and on promotion but are also generating interesting content and participating in many of the posts.

      The in house people on G+ were more focused on code and product launch and were not really interested in nurturing the user experience during the time it was still an infant or a toddler.

      Nurturing is very important to getting a platform to become self sustaining. During the first few months of the Scrivener User community, I had to do a lot of work to produce enough useful content that early adopters would keep coming back. However, if it had not been for some of the people who joined early, the community would still not have prospered. There were several "all stars" (in my opinion) who were so helpful to those who were looking for assistance that the community thrived.

      On Cake, there are at least three in house people that "show up" over and over to keep the ball rolling. It is true that G+ had a few staffers assigned to it at first but they did not stick around for very long.

      I personally think that G+ as a hub for the rest of Google's services was a great idea. I have a completely different perspective on the tie-in effort from the writer of this smear piece.

      Privates do not set policy, Generals do. Trying to undermine the upper echelon's policy is called "mutiny." As they said on the TV show West Wing: "I serve at the pleasure of the President" meaning that Jed Bartlet set the policy and staff did not.

    • Your use of the English language James is far greater than mine , but I think I know what it all meant. I too was an earlier adopter on G+ , after accepting an invite in 2011. .

      Personally I don't see the good this chap was trying to achieve, by bad mouthing the company that put food on his plate when times weren't so good for him , hands down i bet he left with a lot more knowledge than he had prior his joining google , and my thoughts on him saying he left the company on his terms , is a way of boosting a deflated ego after being asked to leave.

      I read in the conversation by Trey via the Panel discussion that really lingered in my mind... in which he said....

       " Negativity breeds and attracts more negative people, and of course it's the polar opposite for positivity. The negativity online (especially on Facebook) sounds a lot louder, because all the Negative Nancies have something to vociferously complain about. On the other hand, positive people generally don't comment much because everything is pretty okay in their life".

      Yes you are right in saying "Privates do not set policy, Generals do".

      Julianne x

    • In spite of who it was who said it, one of my favorite quotes of last century was the phrase: "nattering nabobs of negativism". It amuses me whenever I consider it. 🎩

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