Changes Far Beyond Penguin & Panda In Store for Google?
I've been to techhound's blog about what you see in the above image. This is an article he points to. There is more in the article which is addressed by the byword shown beneath. What's next? How long will the Google that we know continue to exist before more of its products become paid services?
It won't surprise me that other things that we use on Google will come to an end as Google becomes more and more proprietary.
In this case, its a security leak and the conclusion of a study done which reveals that G+ is no big hit with consumers. The place for consumers has always been Facebook. I have always seen Google as "more business."
That's Not All...
I have noted more errors with Chrome and Gmail as well. YouTube is being tightened up as well. The YouTube Autoplay used to work fine until Google began pausing this. I went to using playlists after that but within the last two weeks, that too is interrupted by a pop-up that says, "still watching?" with a YES button. They want viewers right at their computers and not using the platform as a place to listen to music video playlists, whilst in another room or falling asleep during movies.
I believe (though may be conjecture) that we are seeing part of a larger picture here. Google is now going through growing pains and will evolve into something that can only be reached by monthly payments to subscriptions, at least with some of the products that are now free. More ads, more restrictions are pushing folks into paid versions of some of these products.
Others, such as G+ are being shut down to free use.
I currently hold more than a dozen Google accounts and am currently dissolving them down to one - or two at most. A single account will hold everything I need from Google that is useful for IM. I use Firefox on Linux and Chrome on Windows. I may be reverting to Firefox for everything soon.
It's too bad G+ is going down. I see Google becoming more like Amazon Computing Services and many of the things we now have for free will no longer be. There is no doubt that Google will always have high quality products for those that can afford them. I seriously think that the free stuff we have, with the possible exception to the browser and Gmail, will eventually come to an end.
Some might say, "Who cares?"
This is a lesson on never taking anything for granite. It's here today but might be gone tomorrow - and then we wail because we didn't take advantage of it when it was here.
Something to think about.