Google engineer Steve Yegge, who accidentally posted last week that the Google Plus platform was a knee-jerk reaction and a pathetic after thought posted again on Friday to let the world know that he is still employed at the company.
Amazingly, nothing bad happened to me at Google, Yegge wrote on his Google+ account. Everyone just laughed at me a lot, all the way up to the top, for having committed what must be the great-granddaddy of all Reply-All screwups in tech history.
Yegge had meant for his Oct. 12 Google Plus post to be sent to only those in his intimate circle. However, the post found itself around the world.
Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo), he noted in the post last week. We all don't get it.
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 wrote. But that's not why they are successful. Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work. So Facebook is different for everyone. Some people spend all their time on Mafia Wars. Some spend all their time on Farmville. There are hundreds or maybe thousands of different high-quality time sinks available, so there's something there for everyone.
Yegge later deleted the post and explained that it was midnight and I am not what you might call an experienced Google+ user. He said by the time he figured out how to post on Google+ he had somehow switched users.
I've taken the post down at my own discretion, he wrote on Oct. 12. It was kind of a tough call, since obviously there will be copies. And everyone who commented was nice and supportive.
Besides being able to keep his job, Yegge said Google bosses have taken his critique into consideration in order to improve on the Google+ platform.
They also listened, which is super cool, he wrote on Friday. I probably shouldn't talk much about it, but they're already figuring out how to deal with some of the issues I raised. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though. When I claimed in my internal post that Google does everything right, I meant it. When they're faced with any problem at all, whether it's technical or organizational or cultural, they set out to solve it in a first-class way.
Yegge also said there was nothing fake or staged about his rant last week, just in case the skeptics wanted to know.