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Google Ditches Mandatory Google+ Signups
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User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 2:44:13 PM
Happy to see the default G+ account go
In my opinion, G+ is a much more beneficial social network for small biz than is Facebook, which continually screws with the ever changing algorithm that decides **for you** the posts your audience will see **unless** you pay to play.  That being said, G+ isn't for everyone -there is a slight learning curve that takes some time to leverage the full capabilities- but forcing everyone who signs up for a gmail account to have a G+ account by default is intrusive and annoying, not to mention misleading/disingenuous when it comes to tallying the number of users.  
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
9/22/2014 | 2:21:52 PM
Nobody likes mandatory signups
I guess Google won't be able to brag (lie) about how many "active users" it has on Google+. This is a wise and long overdue move by Google. Makes me think they're admitting defeat on Google+.  
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 1:54:10 PM
False claims
450 million active users every month? Either their analysis is dead wrong or this is just to lure marketing into Google+. Granted, Google+ introduced some positive things (like what you control is better than on facebook), the draw towards Google+ has ever been so low because most people like forming communities and facebook is the easiest place to do that. However from an industrial point of view, Google+ holds more gravity than Facebook. Exposure to industry (any kind of industry) is what Google+ does best. Facebook is good if you want a light chat. Google Plus on the other hand is all about the quality of your content, your ability to network and how willing you are to connect, engage and inspire others through your words and actions.
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