In case you are wondering at the number of short posts which I have put here this morning, I began the day intending to capture short notes on my Google Plus page. I have invested a fair amount of time in Google Plus since its business pages were launched, and found it a convenient way to capture more of the ever-growing volume of interesting eDiscovery / eDisclosure material which accumulates in any week.
Having dictated a few today, I went off to add them to Google Plus. Google has recently given Google Plus what its probably calls “exciting enhancements to the user experience” or some such drivel. I call it “frigging around with the user interface”. So far as the reader is concerned, the new layout truncates my business name, making it the “eDisclosure Information Projec” or ”eDisclosure Information Pro” and perhaps other variants depending on your screen resolution. More significantly, from my point of view, you can no longer edit the link made via by the paperclip – you only get one shot at it – nor do you have the option to remove any text from the linked file which is carried over by making the link – this used to be a single-click action.
If there are in fact workarounds for these things, I can’t be bothered to look for them. I want a quick publishing tool, not a new hobby.
I may come back to it, but for now I will leave Google Plus to play with itself. The result will be an increased number of short posts on this blog where I would rather have kept it for the longer and more thoughtful posts. Another drawback is that those who have signed up for blog e-mail notifications will receive rather more of them, something I had hoped to avoid by the use of Google Plus.
I will continue to put links from Google Plus into this blog for SEO purposes and, perhaps, do the occasional very short entry there, if only to keep in touch with developments while Google plays catch-up with others. I may well look at some of those others – Pinterest for example – in the meantime, in part to find the best way to display photographs. Google Plus does this very well; Pinterest may do it better.
There is a moral here somewhere for those who think that change with enhancement are synonyms.