Google is renowned for many, many things. It’s not known for failure.
That was always the case until the Mountain View, Calif.-based online juggernaut tried its hand at social media. It investigated Facebook to glean what Zuckerberg was doing right and where he needed some improvements.
And that was the genesis of Google+. In fact, they bragged the following in an introductory blog post:
Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.
In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.
Not so much. So, refusing to give up the ghost, Google goes all-in and recruits the founder of one of the most renegade online forums in recent history to lead this latest resurrection.
His name is Chris Poole, but most forum posters will know him as “Moot,” founder of 4chan and home to 20 million of the most creative, demented folks on the Web.
He was 15 when he created 4chan in his bedroom, and since then, his home for Reddit rebels has been most notably connected with broadcasting anime porn, cosplay images, and that infamous channel of hacktivist group Anonymous broadcasting leaked nudie tapes of celebs.
And now, he’s taking on Google+, as noted from his Tumblr page:
When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others. I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems.
Talent? Definitely. Commitment? Unquestionably. Will it work? We’ll see.