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    • Article by JR Raphael at Computerworld.

      I have to say I agree completely with this. I know that I'm personally unlikely to evangelize Google products going forward, and view the Google products I use now more as commodities rather then investments in an eco-system.

      I am still using G+ every single day. I'm using Inbox... every single day. And I expect that will continue until they're shut down, even now my stream is full of posts from people I've gotten to know over years of engagement. I came across and read this article on G+, and wanted to share it here to see how people feel about Google these days.

      Are they down to their core offerings or do you think more beloved products are on the chopping block?

    • Personally nothing has changed for me. Google still makes some of the best products on the web, and I'll continue to use them until I find a reason not to. This is what I did with both Google+ and Inbox. I joined Twitter more than a year ago and reduced my G+ usage because I noted that interaction was declining. I also went back to using Gmail before it was announced that Inbox would be shutting down because Gmail development was thriving while Inbox development halted. So for other Google products that I use, like Maps, Photos, Keep, Drive etc, I'll continue to use them because they give me the best experience. Until I feel like something is off, I'll continue to use these products without fear of them shutting down.

    • I don't think the situation is that dramatic. Google does a lot of different things, and 'success' as defined on Google-scale is distinctively different from what a lot of companies would agree on, and they make decisions according to their 'success' metrics.

      But all that stands apart from the fact that in life, and in digital life especially, change is inevitable, should be expected and accepted as it comes. Would I like to still have all my peeps on Hangouts? Yeah. Would I like G+ to go on? Hell, yeah! I was truly pissed off when they discontinued Google Reader. But, there's no point in dwelling on what you cannot control. Just move on.

    • Anyone out there still using Lotus Notes or VisiCalc? MySpace? Stuff changes and there's nothing much we can do about it. I've been using Gmail since it was by invitation only and I have no desire to change. But, just in case, I keep a local copy of all my mail and my contacts on my laptop. It's hard to image Google abandoning Gmail, but it's not impossible to imagine them selling it to some Chinese behemoth. Highly unlikely, but then Yahoo once ruled the net and we know how that turned out. Who knows? I was sad to see Google acquire Nik because I knew what would happen next, and sure enough, they shut it down. OTOH, it easily could have shut down on its own and at least Google was giving it away for free at the end. Sure, it's off-pissing, but in the immortal words of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., so it goes.

    • I certainly understand the sentiment to move on. And of course, what choice does anyone have but to do do exactly that? What I think google has lost, and has certainly lost from me, are evangelicals. I'm sure they are making decisions according to their success metrics, and now I think enthusiastic and engaged evangelicals of their products is not one of those metrics.