Google recently announced that they are doing away with Google+ and will be doing away with all personal accounts. Not good. For the blogging community this could be devastating as it is supposed to delete all comments made from someone using a Google+ account. I’m not certain of the numbers that this affects, but I have a feeling it’s rather high. It hopefully shouldn’t affect anything for those of us using WordPress, but for those in the BlogSpot community, it is a bit disconcerting and quite frankly, no one knows what is going to happen exactly.
Xyra from Tea Time With Melody Q did a very interesting post on the subject that you can read here:
So, if it doesn’t affect my blog, why am I posting about it? Because it can affect my blog in other ways. We’ve lost quite a few doll bloggers over the past year for various reason, and I have a feeling this will be a reason for even more to throw in the towel. We’ve had a nice little community going, and it makes me sad whenever we lose someone no matter what the reason.
The other thing that concerns me is what is this going to do to blogging in general. Blogs are no longer the “in” thing, many people have found it’s much easier to use Instagram and have that instant gratification of throwing a photo up there instead of having to actually “write” anything. This could be another nail in the coffin so to speak for blogging as a whole. 😦
I feel bad for those who will be affected by this change. I think back to last year when Photobucket decided to change their terms in regards to linking photos to outside accounts. Many a blog was totally trashed once they implemented this change and I’ll be honest, I can relate to those who decided to give up and quit. Trying to repair the damage done to a blog with more than a hundred posts and countless photographs would be more work than it’s worth.
So, as we wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks, keep in mind it’s not the fault of the bloggers themselves, but of a large company who decided to make a big change without thinking of how it might affect certain users. It’s also a good example of how no platform is completely safe from something like this, who ever thought Google would be getting rid of something?