Google’s latest hardheaded strategy to link its “network thingy” Google+ to Gmail accounts makes zero sense.
That’s the verdict of Digg founder Kevin Rose, who might be a more reliable source than most when it comes to slinging criticism at Mountain View, given that he was temporarily drafted in as a part of the Google+ development team in 2012.
As we reported on Thursday, Google’s shameless effort to marry its free content ad network with its email service means over the next few days “anyone on Google+” can email a Gmail user via their Plus account by default.
But Rose said he was baffled by the move, tweeting: “(my opinion) If Google+ users need to communicate build an internal messaging tool, connecting gmail doesn’t make any sense…”.
The shleb entrepreneur and serial Web 2.0 investor, who is a partner at Google Ventures, added that the company was mistaken in thinking it could cut and shut its products together into one all-conquering mass wrapped in ad goo.
Rose argued that Google should have considered what Facebook had done specifically with its messaging service.
“Unification leads to bloat, if anything they should be cutting features from g+. Notice how fb made messenger independent,” he tweeted. “This feature doesn’t add any value except to try and force gmail users into google+,” he added.
SOURCE: Kelly Fiveash