With much fanfare, and free laptops, Google announced, among other things, significant ‘improvements’ to the wasteland that is Google+. Of the stuff they touted, 99% of it sounded worthless and a complete waste of time, since they were features that are only useful if people actually started using Google+ exclusively, instead of Facebook. The only new features that sounded worth checking out were the photo sharing related ones, so I fired up Chrome and logged into my + zone for the first time in months.
The first thing I see is that the UI design idiot who ruined Gmail, has had his hand in the UI for +, and made a mess of things there too. Basic tasks that you can do with a single click on Facebook, take several to dozens of clicks. But it sure looks ‘clean’ while doing nothing. eye-roll.
Anywho, the photo stuff…so first problem is, of course, they didn’t do any sort of QA on the uploader process, and it is very easy to crash, as a result. As few as 240 pictures cause the uploader to crash. I give the Chrome team props, that at least when the poorly written code from the G+ team kills the browser, it only kills the G+ tab, but still, it seems shamefully negligent to not have tested the uploader with the browser produced by your own company.
If you do manage to get some pics to load, the automatic animation builder works surprisingly well. I’m still working on finding a stream of images that it will turn into a panorama, and will report those results when I have them.
Overall, it sounds like 2 good ideas, and 41 terrible ones, released before they were ready, by people who just don’t care about quality. I doubt it will save plus.