Changes Far Beyond Penguin & Panda In Store for Google?

Last Update: October 08, 2018

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.

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smokeywins Premium
I'll admit it, I most times forget to even log in to G+ to post my latest blog content, mostly because it's not front and center like Facebook is. I do use Google Drives on a daily basis, as it makes accessing my spreadsheets for my e-commerce shops quick and easy from any device. Sadly, money is what makes the world go around, it's just sad that the "free" options are slowly disappearing. Should be interesting to see what the future brings.
There's no telling what would happen to the office suite. It may or may not continue to be free. It probably depends on what it is and how much maintenance it needs. The office suite just sits there

This morning I got an email that Google News & Weather is updating. Now it will apparently only be available as a program for iOS and Android operating systems. Not sure if the new thing will work on a PC or laptop or if they will be offering it for Linux (besides Android) and Windows..
smokeywins Premium
Hmm, that's an interesting thought. We do know that mobile traffic to our sites tends to outrank that of the PC. Is their thinking shifting towards more offerings for mobile devices? If so, why would you take it away from the PC, as that is still a very relevant device for so many.

I had been thinking in the past few days of upgrading my iPad 3 to one of the new models, as a take along mini pc of sorts, since there is only so much you can do on the phone. Guess this will definitely be something to keep an eye on in the coming months.
I have never gotten into the smartphone technology. It's too expensive and highly addictive, as you can see people glued to those things. I have an old-school cell phone with just the phone keypad. It is going out and I will only have a regular landline.

I hate with a passion, being considered a consumer. It's one of the reasons why I have diminished my Google accounts amongst others. It's why I have a phone service that features nomorobo, which blocks out those calls before they reach my receiver. It's one of the reasons why I went with Linux, because this is not proprietary like Windows is, and I use programs that are equally open source rather than the proprietary ones.

One of the pet-peeves I have is reading an article online and having some stupid pop-up crammed in my face. I usually click away at that point. There's just a whole bunch more I can say about this but not the time right now.

I suppose this is one of the reasons why I'm not doing very well with my online campaigns - because I hate being marketed to as a consumer and don't like pushing on people things I hate myself. Some knowledge can poison a person and I guess learning that advertisers and big business (like Google and Facebook) know more about me than I know of myself. I have been giving this some serious thought as to whether I'm going to continue or not - or develop a campaign outside of the consumer markets.
bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Daniel.
BillandSue Premium
Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the updates on Google.

I suppose greed is the key here to the "freebies" going away. I have had a Google account for years but never used much of the variants.

It will be interesting to see if and when the dust settles as to what they will have left, worthwhile.

I hope they keep the analytics programs up for free. I don't imagine the dust will settle any time soon either. What ever happens will happen gradually.
MKearns Premium
Eye-opening news. Thank you!
SondraM Premium
food for thought..... thanks
keishalina9 Premium
Hey hi Daniel -- as the world turns -- as some have observed, "the bigger they get, the bigger the fall ..." or was it something called "overshoot" or "overreach" and then, over the cliff? ....

Thanks kindly for posting this news ... cheerio... 😊
That might be so, but I don't think Google is going to fall anytime soon. It's got new things in store and Google has always been known to be visionary.

I might be wrong of course, but I don't believe Google's stand on not enough useage of G+. They're not making enough revenue off it, so of course, they're keeping it alive for Enterprise accounts users. That's $25/mo from every user carrying those accounts.

I notice this going on not just at Google, but other places as well. The idea is to get people strung along on free products for a time, allowing them to get used to it, become a part of their lives, and then make it proprietary. Might not be the case here, but sure looks like it.

A lot of people are not going to want to lose their G+ accounts and will revert to the Enterprise accounts as it also comes with extras that don't come with the other free Google products.
keishalina9 Premium
Quite right -- it's all about 'profitability' ... like any feasible venture, there's a point of 'fish or cut bait' ... 😊