This is totally it for me. I have a few Google accounts (an 'original' one and two Apps For Your Domain ones for e-mail and work) and it seems Google has made Plus accounts for each and I have things spread around them all. I've seen stories where people tried to "merge" accounts and ended up losing access to their mail, etc.. so rocking the boat doesn't seem worth it to me.
I don't mind Google's (usually great) services but it's the binding together that makes me wary.
Is it a pride of ego fallacy? They think they are the best and they can do no wrong, so they just keep doing things without thinking results through?
Too many logical programmers trying to have input on end users/UI/UX decisions where visuals and emotions are more important?
Too many 24 year old bro managers running around trying to make a name for themselves by manipulating people in flashy ways instead of quietly making the world a better place?
"Which post? Oh, post 43278947329849783223? Yeah, I liked that one too."
See also, the decline of GNOME. This isn't a problem unique to Google.
Now that they're trying to program humans ... not so great.
Original link: http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/09/20/sex_a...
The only explanation as to why they are continuing to push forward on this front even in the face of increasing criticism is that it must be working, at least in the sense that the number keeps going up. However, these UX nightmares are eventually going to catch up with them and drive people away. In short, they are going to win the battle but lose the war.
I can't believe this is their final solution.