Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:33 UTC
Google Why does Google get so much credit in the technology industry? Why, despite the company's many obvious failings, do many geeks and enthusiasts still hold a somewhat positive view on the all-knowing technology giant? A specific talk at Google I/O this week provides the answer.
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WereCatf
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2006-02-15

Rather than RSS, they'd rather push you into G+, which gives you absolutely NO control over what content is delivered to your stream.


It doesn't? Why don't I ever see celebrity news there? Blog posts and the likes trying to push me to buy this or that? Why do I only see things I've deliberately chosen?

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It doesn't? Why don't I ever see celebrity news there? Blog posts and the likes trying to push me to buy this or that? Why do I only see things I've deliberately chosen?


The only thing you can control is who can post in your stream. But you can't control the content. For example, I have a few people I follow for various reasons, but they're also rabid Nintendo fanboys, so it's not unusual for me to wake up to a dozen or more Nintendo posts in my stream every day. So why can't I set it up to hide any posts with the word 'Nintendo' in them? I don't give two shits about Nintendo, or gaming in general ;)

Worse yet, if I didn't block ads, they'd probably be showing me Nintendo/gaming-related ads all over the Googleverse, because that's what my friends like. Well, they're not even really my friends. They just happen to talk about a few niche-related topics I am interested in. We tried the Communities feature, but that was an epic fail.

Edited 2013-05-19 22:54 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

And when you followed a blog of a rabid Nintendo fanboy you expected Reader to filter the Nintendo related posts out?

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