Google+: Data Liberation In Action
One of the most exciting parts of Google+ is one I hope I will never touch. From launch, Google has given users the ability to not only shut down accounts, but also take all their personal data with them. Simply hop into the G+ settings, hit Data Liberation, and follow the instructions.
At Facebook, its almost as if they want to blackmail you into staying by not freely releasing your data. They have made news several times by not giving a clear and easy way to remove your identity from their servers. A large portion of that press came from Google, and its good to see that they won’t commit the same crimes.
Google+: My Vision Of The Future
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Google+ is still very much in its infancy. It has bugs to work out, flaws to repair, and features to add. There aren’t that many people using it yet, and that’s still by design. It’s Google’s hope that they can, by launch date, have something that will make people want to be a part of it. That is my hope as well.
As far as I can see, the biggest variable for Google+ right now is users. It is up to the public to decide if Google+ is for them. While there is a bit of a learning curve for it now, I don’t think that it will stay that way. Google has clearly drawn a line in the sand, and I feel like they have come out swinging.
I also see Google+ being something that will be pushed through its early stages as quickly as possible. With the impending launch of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) this fall, I believe that Google has every intention of deeply integrating Google+. Where it is an app now, I think that it will become part of the Android experience.
This sort of integration would make sense because it would lead to better user adoption. Nothing would give them more active users than plugging the network into their smartphone operating system. It would solve the largest problem Google will face without them having to do almost anything.
Remember, however, that I am no business analyst or technology pundit. I am a simple writer with thoughts and dreams. I am also a lover of what Google has done and is doing. I also hope that what they will do will make this part of my everyday life, and in turn yours.