Google Minus

Or: How I finally dumped Google+

I never really cared much for Google+. When it first appeared, I thought to myself “What’s this? Could be useful, I suppose”, and signed up.

Since then I cannot think of a single instance where Google+ has made a positive difference in my life. Yes, the “Circles” idea is a good way to compartmentalize the sharing of information into groups instead of the all-or-nothing approach taken by FakesBook Stalkbook FaceBook, but it never really proved useful to me. For those of us who don’t actually need a Social Network, Google+ served no real purpose, met no quantifiable need. Personally I suspect that Google created it simply so that they could say that they had some alternative to “FakesBook”.

I was dismayed when Google made a Google+ account a requirement in order to comment on any video in YouTube. YouTube’s co-founder Jawed Karim, famously responded with the comment “Why the **** i need a google+ account to comment on a video?“. In response Google trotted out the usual drivel about improving the service, but most people believe that they did this as an easy way to artificially bump up the number of Google+ users.

But wait! There’s more!

Recently Google rolled out an upgrade to Google+ that allowed anyone to e-mail you through your Google+ profile without knowing your e-mail address. For some of you that might be a boon, but for me it was a bloody liability. It was also the proverbial last straw.

So I started looking around for information about how to dissociate myself from Google+, but keeping my Gmail. It is actually quite easy, as long as you follow the instructions. The only thing to watch for is that you don’t accidentally delete your entire Google account – e-mails, address books, calendar and all. To quote Dr. Egon Spengler: “That would be bad”.

The only downside is that when you delete your Google+ profile you lose all of the comments you ever made on YouTube, including those made before Google+ existed. That is completely ridiculous, and a direct violation of Google’s “do no evil” philosophy. However, since I had not made more than a couple of dozen comments, it was a price I could afford to pay.

delete_your_profile-100056410-origGoogle+, you’re done. Facebook, you’re next.

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