Good bye Google+ — if you haven’t learned about Google takeout yet, maybe now is the time…

Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+

Cristian Gafton October 08, 2018 14:15

Back to Twitter! …. errhm… wait….

Back to Facebook!…. errhm… dammit!!

Rick Troth October 08, 2018 16:00

Not gonna use “Strobe” in place of G+. It’s basically goodbye Googoo.

I feel like I’m cutting off my own knows, but Google is demonstrably not in interested in long term interests of individual users. They’re a business. True, they’ve done cool stuff and they’ve hired lots of FOSS and Internet luminaries. But they’re a business with a bottom line.

Where to go? MeWe? Gab? Diaspora? These will all eventually have the same problem as Google (plus or minus).

Curtis Olson October 08, 2018 16:15

So then, see you all back on facebook??? (look for my posts hidden discretely between all the ads.)

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 16:23

I have successfully stayed off Facebook so far. Really not sure what I plan to do here. Actually use the Twitter handle I created solely to follow downtime in newsblur before I gave up on it and moved to this old reader? Give up and use Facebook after all? Not deciding today…

Curtis Olson October 08, 2018 16:35

My facebook is full of family and high school / college friends. I have a few techie friends that met over the years, but not all that many. So personal/family stuff and obvious jokes I post on facebook. Interesting techie stuff and extra clever jokes I tend to post here. But facebook is annoying because it is so full of ads and click-bait type ‘promoted’ content. But due to my age, everyone I care about is on facebook, and no one is really any other place. Maybe I’ll go back to mailing out real christmas letters once a year? Or just crawl back into my cave and work on something only I find interesting for the next 10 years?

Cristian Gafton October 08, 2018 16:36

I know, I know, I know!!!

LinkedIn!!! (checks security history…)


Curtis Olson October 08, 2018 16:38

Noooo!!!! linked in is 10x more annoying than facebook, and that is not easy to do!

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 18:04

Not sure whether is where I’ll end up, but I grabbed for now…

Cristian Gafton October 08, 2018 18:32

Hmm…. scrappy startup getting right all the things that the hordes of engineers from Google and Facebook got wrong? Lemme dig for that bridge deed I had, I heard it is a great time to sell. :-)

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 18:55

I don’t think the engineers at Google have been the problem with Google+… :) And frankly engineers aren’t my beef with FB either but at least Facebook has invested in its platform which is more than you can credibly say WRT G+

AFAICT pluspora is just a diaspora pod. Last I knew of the diaspora code base, I’m not excited about running my own pod!

I have time to decide.

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 19:18

Mastodon’s 500-character limit makes it pretty much a non-starter for me. Friendica federates with both diaspora and mastodon, so maybe that’s interesting?

Friendica Directory

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 19:49

Friendica servers looks pretty sparsely populated.

Michael K Johnson October 08, 2018 20:17

at-mcdanlj-at-mastodon-dot-cloud (because thanks Google+ for obfuscating mastodon IDs‽) in case I want to use that… Try all the things?

Curtis Olson October 09, 2018 08:53

If someone did have a copy of all the 500,000+ user data here, we could just setup a work alike system and move along like not much happened … hypothetically of course.

Galen Johnson October 09, 2018 21:09

Feels a lot like “I’m going to take my ball and go home!”. I realize Google is a business but are they going to shut Google search down if they get caught with their pants down there? However, I guess it should have been obvious when the founders stopped using G+ years ago (unless that is fake news).

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