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Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra 93

JG0LD (2616363) writes "Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google Plus and one of Google's most prominent executives, announced today that he will leave the company 'effective immediately.' Gundotra made the announcement, appropriately enough, in a lengthy Google Plus post, praising his co-workers and saying that he is 'excited about what's next.' However, he did not further outline his future plans, saying that 'this isn't the day to talk about that.'"
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Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

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  • Great! (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24, 2014 @04:35PM (#46835679)

    Who fucking cares? He should have been fired for incompetence years ago. Google is great because of its engineers. The marketing fucks and "idea guys" like Vic are worse than dead weight.

  • Re:Google- (Score:5, Insightful)

    by yuhong ( 1378501 ) <yuhongbao_386@NOsPAM.hotmail.com> on Thursday April 24, 2014 @04:46PM (#46835769) Homepage

    Or at least comply with EU privacy laws.

  • Re:Please... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by quarterbuck ( 1268694 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @04:52PM (#46835813)
    Well, they'd have to fix the real name policy and allow it to be separate from youtube/gmail etc.
    I don't want all my gmail contacts getting notified through Google+ that watzinaneihm liked the latest pop video on youtube.
    I don't think I do that many controversial things, but after what happened to the Mozilla CEO, I realize that what is acceptable in the future has no relation to how it is perceived today. I am not saying that donation to anti-gay-marriage was ever right, but I don't think doing what the president of the country was doing at that time was a fire-able offense either.
  • by FuegoFuerte ( 247200 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @05:09PM (#46835949)

    The biggest reasons I hate it are 1) The "real name" policy and 2) The fact I'm basically forced to use it if I want to use any of the Goog's other services as a signed-in user (YouTube, gmail, etc.).

    The fact that I think it's utterly pointless shite is besides the point - I think the same of Twitter but don't wish it death. I don't have any need or want to interact with it, therefore its existence doesn't bother me. The Goog on the other hand has other things unrelated to G+ which I /do/ wish to use, without being forced to use G+. Hence, I wish death to G+.


  • Re:Google- (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Windwraith ( 932426 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @05:41PM (#46836185)

    I don't know, I think the same thing and I don't think it's about sticking it to the man, it's just that youtube and gmail/g+/etc are radically different things that should be separate. They will track me anyway, so let me have my video channel separate from a service I am not going to use and didn't ask for in the first place.

    It annoys me that trying to comment on Youtube requires having extra sites whitelisted, there's a checkbox that is always enabled by default to post comment to G+, and alerts and notifications are usually not related to youtube itself.

    So I don't think the parent post is anti-theman, I think it's just anti G+, which is a perfectly reasonable opinion. The ones that want G+ can just go there and use it, the rest shouldn't be forced to use it if they want to keep their Youtube channel up.

  • Re:Google- (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @05:54PM (#46836295)

    How about a settings page?

    I would like to be enrolled in the falling Google services:
    Google Drive
    Google Docs

    The problem with being universally logged into Google+ is that it introduces a LOT of other spying crap on other websites. Most people log in to Google+ so rarely that they don't even realize all that Midget porn they'd been thumbs upping is plastered all over a google website with their full name, email and phone number on it.

  • Re:Please... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @08:59PM (#46837657)

    and whenever they've added any sort of setting, the default was quite restrictive.

    Well good enough for me then, right? Nothing bad has happened so far, so nothing ever well.

  • by Camael ( 1048726 ) on Friday April 25, 2014 @02:15AM (#46838801)

    I'm sorry, but G+ will fail because it doesn't reflect how humans interact with each other. We hide things from each other all the time. Human beings are multi-faceted creatures, and throughout our day we present different masks to different people.

    2. To my pro-Republican boss, I show my hard worker side. I don't tell him I post rabidly on liberal websites.

    4. To my co-worker, I show him I'm a cooperative team player. I don't show him that I bitch about his back stabbing habits to my colleagues.

    6. To my wife, I show that I am a loving husband who appreciates her love handles. I don't let her know that I am a card carrying member of the Playboy Club.

    8. To my secretary, I show that I am a pro-feminist boss who buys gifts on Secretary's Week. I don't let her know that I visit Hooters every other week and that I tell my friends she has a hot ass.

    10. To that cute florist on the ground floor of my building, I am that that guy who always has time to chat with her in the morning. I hide my ring.

    None of this is true of course, but I'm simply illustrating that we tell white lies all the time. Everyone has something to hide. Putting everything under one unified identity, with the possibility of those that you deal with discovering previously unknown sides to you that you have been keeping secret from them is simply too big a risk to bear.

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