Two Killer Google+ Mistakes

Comments: 5

  • I think it works perfectly and actually it surpassed everybody’s expectations and for this reason we are reading these negative opinions on this article today.

  • Out of curiosity, when you say you’re logged into different Google accounts, are these all under your name for different entities? I currently work out of 4 identities in Google, but I make sure that I keep one window open (my primary Gmail account).

    Also, I’m not sure what you mean by having notifications being “muted” because I am able to receive notifications on my Android and iPod touch with chimes. Go into your circles and adjust how you want to see your notifications. There should be a slider bar at the top that allows you to see the quantity of content that is being pushed to that circle. If you want, you can slide the ticker all the way to the right and have the notifications from that particular circle go straight to your phone. I don’t recommend doing this if your circles are huge. Only do it to circles that are smaller i.e. Family and Close Friends.

    I hope I’m not being brash. I just want to understand where you’re coming from in the terms of multiple accounts and notifications.

    • Shannon, three of the accounts are my work (we use Google), my personal (my own domain, also using Google Apps) and my Gmail account, which I needed for G+.

      Because my Gmail account can’t be my primary account (other Google services I need to use in my job don’t support multiple Google accounts), G+ cannot be tied to my default Google account. In some ways, this is an early adopter problem. If I was just signing up for G+ today, I would create it under a different Google account.

      However, the other implication of this impacts many people. On LinkedIn, for instance, it doesn’t matter what email address of mine you invite to connect, you get my LinkedIn account. On G+, that isn’t the case, so you end up with orphaned invites and circles.

      Manual solutions exist (ie ping everyone that circles or invites the wrong account), but the trend is towards apps making our lives easier, not making us work harder for them to work right.

      Notifications? I was just referring to the red box and the fact that, since G+ isn’t my primary account, it doesn’t get premium screen real estate.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • I have to completely agree on the identity issue, as I have the same problem (forced to have multiple Google+ accounts, even though I only use one actively).

    I was surprised from the get-go, since it’s really just a basic bit of relational understanding that even an SLQ beginner understands…

    There should be a one-to-one correlation between actual people, and Google+ accounts, while there can be (and often is) a one-to-many relationship between those people, and their email addresses.

    That they got it completely backwards is perplexing, and a bit disconcerting, as I recall learning that in my first day of relational database design.

  • I have a single GMail account that controls all my Google activity. I am clueless why you guys have multiple accounts.
    Circles in G+ are a major step above Facebook or Twitter. It mimics our real lives fairly well. We often makes friends with someone based on a common interest, but this does not mean we want to know all the things they want to tell us.

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