Google Doesn’t Get Social Networking or Operating Systems

When I wrote about my experiment with Google+ and my decision to close my account almost immediately, some of the comments I received were less than flattering. One comment stated that I just wrote the article to attract AdSense revenue, but that was untrue. Though I am a huge Google fan, I also know when a product is mediocre, no matter who produces the software.

I have been using the Google Chrome operating system on its Cr-48 computer since receiving the unit back in December, 2010. Though the current product is far superior than the original was, Google still doesn’t have it working correctly. As an example, last night I was trying to view a document in .pdf format. The problem I encountered was that I was unable to scroll the document correctly and also the document became fragmented and unviewable. I spent about 10 minutes trying to get the document to render correctly, but could not.

Over the past 10 months, Google has pushed out numerous (I lost count) updates and has improved the Google Chrome operating system. One problem that still plagues me is scrolling, whether using the built-in trackball or using a USB wireless mouse. For an operating system that depends entirely on using a browser and Internet connection as the primary operating system, this sometimes makes it difficult to use the Chrome OS. This has been one of the primary reasons why I usually only use my Google Chrome Cr-48 when I am away from home.

Google seems to like to release products and keep them in a constant state of beta testing. This explains why the Google Chromebooks come with lifetime free updates and fixes. It seems the company just cannot seem to get things right the first time. Just my opinion.

Am I being too critical of Google, or are my thoughts justified?

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Youngbob2011

    I signed up with Google+, but a few weeks later got out! I am not a product reviewer, just an ordinary user of the computer, and a Facebook user. I did not see the need to add another layer to my “social interacting,” as I only have a limited amount of time to spend. So I just could not justify another program to follow & be involved with. No rocket science here, I just did not see the benefit of time spent there…so I left.

    As for Chrome, I tried it, but did not have the patience to work out the bugs. I don’t have time to be a beta tester…I just want to use the product or program and keep going!

  • http://twitter.com/BroVic Victor Ordu

    I think I concur. Though I’m not a techie per se, I think Google is stretching it just a bit… Just my own take.

  • http://twitter.com/BroVic Victor Ordu

    I think I concur. Though I’m not a techie per se, I think Google is stretching it just a bit… Just my own take.

  • http://www.henrycole.eu/ Henry Cole

    Personally, I think Chrome OS looks okay, though a little ahead of it’s time maybe – I don’t think the world is quite ready for such a drastic change yet.

    As far as Google+ is concerned, however, I don’t agree with it. I’ve tried Google+, and, admittedly, it has some nice features. However, I just think it is too much of an undertaking to try and rival facebook. Google have failed at it before, and, despite a large initial interest this time, I think Google+ will eventually fail.

  • http://www.henrycole.eu/ Henry Cole

    Personally, I think Chrome OS looks okay, though a little ahead of it’s time maybe – I don’t think the world is quite ready for such a drastic change yet.

    As far as Google+ is concerned, however, I don’t agree with it. I’ve tried Google+, and, admittedly, it has some nice features. However, I just think it is too much of an undertaking to try and rival facebook. Google have failed at it before, and, despite a large initial interest this time, I think Google+ will eventually fail.

  • Anonymous

    I like the Chromebook, but why get that when you can get the Chrome browser on Windows/Mac/Linux?

  • Anonymous

    I like the Chromebook, but why get that when you can get the Chrome browser on Windows/Mac/Linux?

  • Jason Tingley

    Ron, stop being critical about the CR-48. You got that thing for free for crying out loud. Also you could root the dawm thing and install Ubuntu on it so it would render properly. Just saying.. Also you really don’t want it – you could donate it to Dev such as myself that is in need dev tool such as the Chromebook for app developement.

  • Jason Tingley

    Ron, stop being critical about the CR-48. You got that thing for free for crying out loud. Also you could root the dawm thing and install Ubuntu on it so it would render properly. Just saying.. Also you really don’t want it – you could donate it to Dev such as myself that is in need dev tool such as the Chromebook for app developement.

  • http://about.me/trapolino Christina Trapolino

    I’m curious if Ron still feels this way a year later. Especially about Google+ — but some updated thoughts on ChromeOS would be interesting, too!

  • http://about.me/trapolino Christina Trapolino

    I’m curious if Ron still feels this way a year later. Especially about Google+ — but some updated thoughts on ChromeOS would be interesting, too!