Blogger and Picasa will not be shut down, You made my son cry, Google!
Elena Vnorovscaia / Chişinău / Moldova.ORG / -- One week after the launch of Google+, the search engine giant is going to rebrand Blogger and Picasa.
It was reported that Google is going to rename two of it’s the most popular services. The image editor Picasa will become a “Google Photos” and Blogger platform is going to be a “Google Blogs.”. these popular services will become services under a “Google+” roof.
Such measures look like a part of Google’s plan to make the organization wider than it is for now. Since the Google+ soft launch last week, we have learned that Google’s profiles will no longer remain private, the Google Realtime Search is no more, and that Google is considering a Hulu purchase.
Some bloggers said it was a smart move.
The combination of these service with Google+ makes sense. While Google+ has a photo service already, it is easy to notice that it is integrated with Picasa and Picasa’s technology.
The Instant Upload feature of the Google+ Android application uploads to Google+ and Picasa simultaneously. It would make sense to drop the branding and combine the two parts officially.
The total rebranding is due to take place over the next six weeks.
But many of changes prompted the predictable hue and cry in the blogosphere – including the surprising charge that Google makes children cry. The Legends of the Sun Pig blog tells the story of how one 10-year-old boy with a very active Gmail account, discovered that he had a Google+ Profile—thanks, Santa!—filled out his profile and got booted because he was too young for Google’s Terms of Service. “You made my son cry, Google. I’m not inclined to forgive that,” wrote blogger Martin Sutherland.
Sutherland’s post attracted a swarm of haters, so much so that he closed it to new comments. But if there was one thing to be learned from the episode it is that in the name of privacy, parents should take down their kid’s Google Profiles immediately.
Devotees of Blogger were also outraged that the once dominant blogging network would be renamed Google Blogs.
Some took it to the streets. “Why?! That’s unnecessarily generic. Evilly plain. Disgusting vanilla,” wrote Gizmodo. “Blogger is one of the tent poles of the Internet!”
Others found the negativity off-base. “The upset over Blogger => Google Blogs reinforces the impression that pathetic whining is the killer app of social media,” tweeted a Danish coder.