Don’t get me wrong, I think the White Google does is awesome. Especially the the auto-awesome enhancements they make to the pictures automatically uploaded from my phone. But there’s three things I really wish they would fix and then of would be perfect!
ONE – Wait for it. . .
The Android App is almost there. If the desktop web site is considered to be the fully functional implementation then the Android App has almost all the functionality, but not quite. It’s really frustrating to get 90% done on my phone and then have to go to the computer to finish (ex.: choosing an Event’s theme from my photos, as opposed to stock backgrounds, is only possible on the desktop).
I’m tired of waiting for the app to catch-up to the web site. Especially since they’re both evolving at their own pace. Google’s release early, release often mantra needs to be repeated a bit more loudly to the Google+ crew.
TWO – Just smell the roses and stop looking at the wall.
Google treats Google+ like the defacto social-network that everyone uses, ignoring the fact everyone’s already on Facebook and there’s no compelling reason to switch. Google used to be great at letting people who are on Google (i.e.: have Google accounts) create and share content with the world without requiring visitors to also get on Google. With Google+ they seem to have taken the attitude that if you aren’t already on Google+ this must be your first day on the internet so you’ve obviously come here to sign-up! In fact, I just want to share photos with overseas relatives who couldn’t care less about social-networks!
Everyone always points to Apple when they say Walled Garden but in this case Google is just as guilty!
THREE – Squirrel!
When you go looking for a quick update on Google+ (and Facebook) you end-up chasing squirrels in every direction but the one you came for.
Cross-posted on 2FatDads