Google is Making Lots of Changes…

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…and in my opinion? None of them are good.

  • They are changing the look of Gmail. Ugh. I tried the new look. I forced myself to leave it there for 24 hours. Hated.Every.Second. While they say that it’ll be more “comfortable,” “streamlined” and easier to read, I’m not buying it. I found it awkward, confusing, and just plain ugly. I know I have to adjust, but I do think it’s going to take awhile to get used to it.
  • Also, they will be weeding out Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger users. That’s right – those of us who have WordPress blogs will now lose all the followers we’ve worked so hard to get. Google suggests blogs create a Google+ page and encourage readers to add them to their circles. I truly feel this is Google’s way of forcing bloggers to do one of two things: 1. Give in and go back to Blogger or 2. Use Google+. Both options stink. {Again, this is just my opinion. If you love Google+, let me know how you make it work for you.}

    I created a Google+ account back when it was first introduced. I hated it. With Facebook, I can set everything to publish to my wall automatically and this busy mom of 6 doesn’t have to figure out how to create more time in her day to publish every new post to her Facebook wall. I don’t have that luxury with Google+. So now do I not only have to update my personal Google+ page every.single.day, I also have to update my blog’s Google+  page every day as well. I don’t have time for this!

Don’t try to comment on any of Google’s posts, though. You’re not allowed. They don’t actually want to hear how we feel about this. They just want to tell us how it’s going to be, and we have to deal with it. Not cool, Google. Not cool.

Social Networking has always been a passion for me – well, for as long as social networking has been around. I love connecting with my readers and finding new blogs to read through many different social media outlets. I really think that Google+ is going to limit all of that – or at least make it much more difficult.

There are lots of other changes coming to Google too, so please be sure to read the posts by Google that I linked to in this blog.

How do you feel about all the changes Google is making? Do you see them as a bonus for bloggers, or do you see it as more work and more headaches like I do?
{Don’t worry if you don’t agree with me! I ask because I’m looking for a silver lining. There has to be one somewhere!}

Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1

    Thus far GFC is far better at staying updated on your favorite blogs than Google +. I’m hoping that Google clears out the issues so that blog posts are able to automatically post on Google +. Unless there is a medium to do this that I’m not aware of. So far Google + is no where near the level of convenience for busy bloggers as GFC. I guess time will tell if Google tweaks Google + to be on par with GFC.
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    • 2

      I completely agree. The whole problem is that Google wants to “one up” facebook, and they think they can do that with G+. Sorry, but you’re not going to get a billion people to give up Facebook and move to Google+, no matter how much you try to force them. Sigh. I won’t be holding my breath hoping Google makes things better.

  2. 3

    I don’t like the changes either. I don’t care for Google + at all!
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  3. 5

    There was a link to comment on the new gmail format and let them know how much I dislike it.

    I’m not much of a blogger so I don’t use google+ so I don’t really have any opinion on it. As a reader and member of other blogs I have always like GFC.

    • 6

      Oh, believe me. I commented on the new format too… when I switched back to the “old” view. It’s just ugly.

      I’m really going to miss GFC. I hate that they think this is the way to go.

  4. 7

    I feel the SAME way you do girl! We are trying to figure out what we can use now instead of the GFC. We are thinking we will work hard on our email follower lists now, more than ever. Kind of makes me want to just get rid of our GFC widget now too. Are you?

    • 8

      I’m doing the same thing – trying to boost email subscriptions, networked blog followers, and {sigh} I added the Google+ page option. I just don’t know what else to do. I’m going to leave my GFC gadget up until it disappears, in the teeny tiny chance that Google realizes their mistake and allows it to stay. Ugh.

  5. 9

    My blog is actually through blogger. I wonder if GFC will still be available through those that have blogger blogs. I still think it’s a bad idea for all these changes. I started a Google+ page just a few days ago and have yet to try to begin to figure it out. I had no idea that your blog posts won’t just automatically go to your Google+ page. Major downside! I’m hoping Google realizes their mistake and keeps things the way they are, or at least less frustrating than they seem to be.
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    • 10

      My blog was through blogger for a very long time. I made the switch to wordpress when I changed the name of my blog. Even if I have to give up my 1600+ followers, I’d never go back to blogger again.

      As far as I know, GFC will be staying put for Blogger users. After all, no reason for google to punish them, since they own blogger.

      Google+ is a horrific mess of a nightmare. Seriously. There’s just no other way to describe it.

  6. 11

    The new GMail makes my eyes hurt and is confusing. I lost all of the features I loved about Gmail. 🙁
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  7. 13

    not thrilled with either, but I have to admit the email changes look MUCH better than the ones yahoo rolled out- those are REALLY bad! so much for thinking gmail was eons ahead…

  8. 15

    I don’t like the new gmail either. I have 2 gmail accounts and changed the look on one and couldn’t believe how ..shall I say..backwards they went with it?
    As for G+, I’m starting to think there isn’t really a need for a page (although I did just make one). You could switch all your blog followers into a circle to themselves on your personal page and be just a social with less hassle of switching. Still new to G+ and blogger as well though so I’m not as affected I guess.
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    • 16

      It is a giant step backwards, you’re right. The only thing I can figure is that Google wants to simplify for the 2% of internet users that are over 85. {insert eyeroll emoticon here}

      I just don’t get the “circle” or hangout thing. I’m not going to turn on my webcam and show my readers what I look like 90% of the time I’m sitting at the computer. LOL!

      I just hate being forced to do anything – especially change for the worse.

  9. 17

    I have a blogger blog and I feel this move on Google’s part is also hurting us because now people who have WordPress blogs are doing away with their GFC blog hops and changing them to Google+ hops (fully understandable of course).
    And I also think Google+ is very frustrating. Hard to understand. I don’t see how it compares to having someone follow on your blog. I mean right now I can go on my dashboard and check out my reading list and see what blogs I follow.
    Not liking the changes at all. I didn’t even pay attention to the fact that gmail was changing. Great. Of course I never liked it as much as my yahoo mail.
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