Google+ started out with a bang, but the number of users has declined sharply lately, and a Google engineer accidentally told a lot of people why he thought that happened in a post that was not supposed to be public.
Google engineer Steve Yegge posted his comments on Google+, which is ironic. He meant it to be an internal memo, but he made it public instead.
According to PC Magazine, Yegge deleted the post because he said it was "really a private conversation between me and my peers and co-workers at Google." He went on to say that "even now, after six years, I know astoundingly little about Google," which seems pretty obvious.
In the article, he slammed Amazon, where he used to work, for the way they do things, but he said that Amazon does understand platforms, and that makes up for a lot. He said that Google does not understand platforms at all.
"Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product," Yegge further opined.
The most obvious point, though, is that it is worrying that a man who has worked with Google as an engineer does not know how to keep his messages private on Google+.
It will certainly be interesting to see if Yegge keeps his job. If not, he probably won't be going back to Amazon.