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Google+ Redesigned ( 91

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced that its Google+ social network has received a major overhaul, which is rolling out today to users who opt in. The company says the new design focuses on the "Communities" and "Collections" sections of Google+, since those were the ones most well received by users. "[Product Director Luke] Wroblewski, known for his responsive and progressive design work, tells me that the key to this rollout is the consistent, mobile first experience that hasn't historically been a hallmark of G+." The article describes the new experience thus: "As you click through the new Google+ there is a lighter feel to it for sure. It's a product with more purpose, as before it felt like there was a million things flying at you. Notifications, +1's, share buttons. You were pretty much sharing things into a pit and hoping that Google would do fun things with them."
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Google+ Redesigned

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  • Google Plus (Score:5, Funny)

    by smittyoneeach ( 243267 ) * on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @06:53PM (#50951601) Homepage Journal
    Google Plus
    A social fuss
    While Google ||||*
    Is trimming-ripe
    Burma Shave

    *pronounce "pipe"
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Let us all know when they follow Tsu's business model.

  • by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:02PM (#50951667)
    ... to subscribe to Google+ to rate Android apps. That's really annoying
    • to subscribe to Google+ to rate Android apps. That's really annoying

      That way they get some users .. forcibly . It gives this unwanted failure of a service a budget to stay alive . Why? I don't know.

      • It also means that some people (like myself) who would otherwise rate an Android app (I was sorely tempted to rate both The Room and The Room 2 as 5 stars) will turn away rather than dealing with Google Plus.

    • or comment on YT

      • by allo ( 1728082 )

        You do not want to comment on youtube and you do not want to read the comments there. It's the facebook type of people, who comment there.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's a product with more purpose, as before it felt like there was a million things flying at you.

    Every time I accidentally went there, it was a proverbial ghost town. A million things flying at me is not one of the issues I had with it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It'll cost you less than the amount you'll waste on G+ before shuttering it entirely.

    Google execs, reply to this e-mail to arrange payment. Finder's payment of 25% for anyone who can get one responding.


  • by mekkab ( 133181 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:12PM (#50951725) Homepage Journal
    and they were all just links to the announcement with a single sentence about the article, and a public share. Yeah, I'm not that excited and I'm never coming back.
  • suprised (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bloodhawk ( 813939 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:13PM (#50951727)
    Google+ is still alive?
    • Unfortunately, yes, but I'm hoping it will die soon.

      Google should just put their failed experiment out of its misery. Can anybody name somebody who loves Google+?
      • Re:suprised (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @08:56PM (#50952261)

        A lot hobbyists like Google+ of which quite a few them have no desire to be on Facebook. I find the communities to be informative and have a signal to noise ratio. Specifically, I like the Board Games, Savage Worlds, and Cast Iron Cooking communities.

      • Why do you want it to die? I love it. It's the only social media I use. Is it fair turnabout if I say I hope that Facebook dies?

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by nightcats ( 1114677 )
      I'll confess: I preferred G+ and wrote about it [] (before they started taking it apart).
    • Google+ is still alive?

      They've "redesigned" it to help it be successful - it now just links straight to Facebook.

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        To paraphrase someone's signature (I forget who);

        "They said they improved G+. Nope. I looked, it's still there."

        Actually, to be honest, I do have one account that I've used to make a YouTube comment. I don't know much else beyond that. I can't really say if it's good or bad. Slashdot and other forums is about as much "social media" as I get.

    • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

      Don't you still need it to comment on youtube, rate Android apps, and pretty much any garbage they could think of to try to tie your real name to stuff?

  • by IamTheRealMike ( 537420 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:17PM (#50951741)

    I went and took a look at the Game of Thrones community, seeing as that's apparently an example they wanted to highlight about how great this aspect of G+ is. It consists almost entirely of image macros. That is not what the word 'community' implies to me.

    I don't see how G+ can possibly ever get good at communities whilst it revolves around Facebook-sized pieces of text with giant images attached, and especially not whilst it insists on clipping posts and comments to just a couple of lines. When I'm on the internet I want to see WORDS and not endless idiotic memes posted over and over. I wish to be entertained and informed. G+ has no chance of doing either unless it redesigns a heck of a lot more than the stylesheets.

  • by Todd Knarr ( 15451 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:19PM (#50951759) Homepage

    G+ has always had little of the Facebook-style indiscriminate "let the world see everything" of most social media, users have focused more on specific groups or communities with the conversations going on within that group and not in public view. The changes seem to make sense in focusing in on that rather than trying to be another Facebook or Twitter or SnapChat. It makes the pundits feel left out because they're outside those groups and not seeing the interactions, but that's easy enough to solve if they want to. If they don't... Not My Problem, Man.

  • by Dale512 ( 1073668 )
    I've enjoyed Google+ overall. I get a lot less noise in my feeds than on FB. FB is where I keep up with extended family. G+ is where I go to find interesting things. I've got several communities I've joined that are pretty active and lots of good stuff gets posted.
  • by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:24PM (#50951787)

    They're obviously keeping the biggest improvement for later, since they have yet to announce that they're completely removing the G+ tentacles from all of their other services. But I'm really looking forward to that announcement and am sure they won't screw me over in the meantime! :D when they stopped allowing YouTube comments if you weren't signed up for G+, preventing me from talking to my viewers. when they finally forced me sign up for G+ since I couldn't otherwise manage a charity's YouTube account. when they refused to permit the use of pseudonyms for several months there, even though many of us have globally unique names. when they automatically created G+ pages auto-populated with their details for everyone signing up for any of their other services. when they opted me in automatically to have my G+ images used for their marketing purposes. when they enabled abusive exes to find the former targets of their abuse when they auto-friended contacts in Buzz.

    But hey, this time will be different. They're redesigning it so that it works better on the devices we use 24/7 and entrust with our most private information, which is totally cool, since they've admitted they made some mistakes and have said they're sorry.

    I think they mean it this time. Everything will be better.

    • by Eythian ( 552130 )

      since they have yet to announce that they're completely removing the G+ tentacles from all of their other services.

      Pay attention.

      They have announced that, months ago.

      • Link? I recall something from a few months ago about decoupling G+, but it was not the complete decoupling I was discussing here. I also looked back through /. to August and didn't see anything relevant, so it must have been further back. But, I'm always open to being corrected and being provided with relevant information.

      • by caseih ( 160668 )

        It was announced but I've seen no evidence of it yet. I still can't so much as thumbs up a youtube video without being forced to sign up for google+.

      • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

        > They have announced that, months ago.

        Cool, so I'll expect it with fusion power, flying cars, and hoverboards.

        This means EITHER that they shit the bed so hard when they did this that they can't back it out without months of effort, or that it's all part of yet another corporate schedule, unaffected by technical timing. Each is lame for its own reasons.

  • So... (Score:5, Funny)

    by hondo77 ( 324058 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:43PM (#50951911) Homepage
    ...Google has invented Yahoo Groups?
    • Lets hope the redesign makes it as slow-loading as the Google Groups redesign
      Then the slowest loading mailing list on the net will have the company of the slowest loading BBS.
      Seriously, G+ needs to heed their own page speed advise.
  • by Diddlbiker ( 1022703 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @07:52PM (#50951961)
    I love Google+ It's like your cloud version of an encrypted drive. Anything I want to keep a secret, I post it on Google+ It will be seen by no one.
  • "Hey guys, we changed our stylesheet!"

    Nope, still don't care.
  • Groups are a neglected feature of Facebook. They seem to not understand the "communities can come together" concept. They focus on "communities around the popular" rather than equal participation groups. If Facebook would, uh, lift a few ideas from group management and layout inside G+, the latter would die an ignominious death. If we could just merge and fork groups on Facebook we might have something...
  • Please bring back iGoogle....... Not everyone wants social media..... ack, I still gag every time I utter that phrase.
  • Like all "social" networks, Google+ can't help itself from bothering me for more information. Do I know these people, where did I go to school, etc. Interstitial questions and unclosable boxes that want more personal info. As a result I rarely use the service at all. I realise this is a radical idea but a simple "stop bugging me" option might make me more inclined to use the service. I'm sure they'll still gather usage info when I'm on their site and of course make money from ad revenues. Just stop fucking
  • Just like Linux on the desktop! They should just both die already since no one uses them.
  • I thought we had all agreed we're not doing this Google Plus thing.

    This isn't like a cardiologist attempting to resuscitate his patient after his heart stops on the operating table. This is like a cardiologist attempting to resuscitate his patient three days after his heart stops, as they're lowering the casket into the ground.

  • Some days I feel like the only fan of Google+.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.