Saturday, July 27, 2013

And Google turns its crosshairs to...

Now that Google Reader has been snuffed, what's next? Here's an interesting article that explores the possibilities: The next Google+ assimilations.

I'm giving this some thought (as I add this post to blogger) and here are my initial reactions:

1) picasa web -- oh, please, please, please, bring it on. Picasa web has never worked very well, and if there was more widespread use of the the Picasa application, maybe Google would turn their attention to some long-running problems (my facial recognition function, which was very cool when it worked, crapped out on me a long time ago and hasn't worked since). Put this half-baked service out of its misery and give us fully functional photo sharing on Google+! I'd celebrate the demise of picasa web.

2) blogger -- my initial response was alarm at this suggestion, but then I realized that it wouldn't be that big a deal if Google killed it. If Google+'s blogging potential were properly fleshed out, I'd be glad to move my online home over there -- assuming I could bring my archive with me. Otherwise, I could easily move to wordpress.

3) google voice -- I was an early adopter of this service and I love, love, love it. I have not had to check my voicemail in years. I have no idea how many times I've been spared that annoying experience ("press 1 to repeat the message, press 2 to delete it..."), but I'll be happy if I never have to do it again. However, if Google figures out a way to migrate Voice's features over to Google+, that's fine with me. Just please don't make me return to voicemail hell.

7 comments:

Divers and Sundry said...

i tried wordpress and didn't like it at all. i will miss blogger if it goes.

i wish google would decide what it wants to be when it grows up and quit abandoning things i use.

i am happy with "the old reader" and am not missing google reader like i thought i would, tho, so that bodes well for the future. there'll be something to step into the hole left by google when they shed another service.

alice said...

That's the most comforting part -- something will always come along to fill the vacuum.

Divers and Sundry said...

and just in that short time "the old reader" has been filled with dysfunction and drama. i'm trying out inoreader now: https://inoreader.com/

but you are right. there are tons of reader options out there, and i'm sure the blogging options will expand if google shuts theirs down.

Keera Ann Fox said...

I prefer Blogger, but as you say, Alice, there's always Wordpress - if I could just wrap my head around its UI.

I opted out of Google+ because I found it very confusing. Couldn't tell who was saying what where, and I'm not organized/compartmentalized enough to be able to categorize friends/conversations.

alice said...

I don't go to G+ much, but if they shut down blogger, I probably will (depending on where I land, post-blogger). It's a whole new world out here every few months, it seems. Last night G-Dog and I tried to watch a movie and found out that our DVDs have an expiration date on them. :-P Some of them have started getting wonky (skips, flutters, etc) and I'm starting to wonder if I even want to bother with watching a movie anymore. There's so much else vying for my attention... (so many books I want to read!!!!)

Keera Ann Fox said...

The TV doesn't fascinate like it used to for me, either. It's the computer, streaming and YouTube now.

alice said...

This summer, I've completely stopped watching TV and haven't missed it at all. I don't know if that's a thread I'll bother picking up this fall or not...