For all its grand ambition, the Google+ social network has yet to set the world alight since its launch: estimates on its usage have varied, but it’s not making Facebook executives sweat (yet). Now Google+ has received its most trenchant criticism yet, from one of the company’s own engineers. Steve Yegge posted a lengthy rant about its failures on Google+, but didn’t realise it would be seen by the wider world rather than just his colleagues. “Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product. But that’s not why they are successful. Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work,” he writes. “The Google+ platform is a pathetic afterthought…” Source: Silicon Filter

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