Star Trek's Wil Wheaton thinks Google+ is becoming an annoying mistake

Star Trek's Wil Wheaton thinks Google+ is becoming an annoying mistake

Summary: Wil Wheaton, still best known as Star Trek: The Next Generation Wesley Crusher, hates that Google is increasingly using Google+ as the glue that holds Google services together.


Wesley Crusher, or the actor who played him to be exact, hates that Google+ is becominng the glue that binds all Google services.

Wesley Crusher, or the actor who played him to be exact, hates that Google+ is becoming the glue that binds all Google services.

Google is increasingly using its social network Google+ as the glue that binds its other Google services together. Wil Wheaton, the writer and actor probably best known for his role as Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, recently wrote, "I like Google Plus. Some of the smartest people I've ever read are on Google Plus, and the Hangout is amazing. But Google is doing everything it can to force Google Plus on everyone, and it's pissing me off."

Wheaton rants on, "Yesterday, I tried to like a video on YouTube. I wasn't signed in to my Google Plus account, and this is what I saw: Where the thumbs up and thumbs down used to be, there is now a big G+ Like button. When you go anywhere near it, you get a little popup that tells you to 'upgrade to Google plus' for some reason that I don't remember, because the instant I saw it, I made a rageface."

He continued, "Oh, go f--k yourself, Google. This is just as bad as companies forcing me to "like" something on Facebook before I can view whatever it is they want me to 'like.' The worst part of this? For a producer like me, I'm going to lose a crapton of potential up-votes for Tabletop, because the core of my audience is tech-savvy and may not want to 'upgrade' to yet another f--king social network they don't want or need."

Say hello to the new look of Google Plus (screenshots)

To all of this, I can only say, "Deal with it." If you don't want to use Google services, you don't have to. My friend and colleague Tom Henderson recently wrote a piece on how to divorce Google and you can do it too.

Unlike Facebook, which makes it very hard to leave the service and harder still to get your data out of it, Google makes it easy for you pick up your toys and go home. Indeed the Data Liberation Front, a Google engineering team, does nothing but work on making it easy for you to export your data from the various Google services.

Of course, there is that one problem for any content creator that if you try to get away from Google, you also end up moving farther away from all of Google's users. Personally, I don't have a problem with Google using Google+ to unify its services. It makes all of them easier to use. Besides, it's not like Google has been hiding that it's their intention from day one to make Google+ the core of its service offerings.

Indeed, that's one of the reasons I'm always amused at rants from people who think Google+ will never be very important. If they simply looked at how Google+ is becoming the core service for such Google services as Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, etc. it becomes clear that Google+ must become the largest of all social networks. Yes, in time, even larger than Facebook.

And, for those who don't want to use Google+, well you don't have to. The reality though is that if you're going to look for traffic or services from Google, sooner or later you're likely to find yourself with a Google+ account.

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  • That title is awesome.

    You know, because Mr. Wesley "Mary Sue" Crusher would certainly be the guy to talk to about annoying mistakes.
    Michael Crider
  • na

    Easily more known as Will Wheaton... from the big bang theory.

    Also, i will always look for another solution rather than being forced to use the DOA (as you describe windows 8) Google +
    • Ahh! Sheldon Cooper's nemesis!

      I can never forgive him since he made up that story about not being able to go to a Star Trek convention, because his Memaw was ill - just so that he could win a card game! Whil Wheaton sucks!

      ... just kidding. The Big Bang Theory is a great show!
      P. Douglas
    • Or

      Dr. Parrish from Eureka or Chaos from Leverage.

      I rarely use my G+ account and now I'm seeing even less of a need to.
      • Don't forget his character in "The Guild"

        It's somewhat funny that his more recent characters have been, shall we say, less than "friendly"... in fact, pretty much polar opposite to his "Wesley Crusher" persona.

        OTOH, perhaps he doesn't want to end up like Billy Mumy [not sure if I spelled that right], who is primarily known as the boy from Lost in Space (and an episode of Twilight Zone)...
      • I have to admit

        I have not watched The Guild...
  • true

    Adding a photo to Google Photos is a nightmare process.

    First it asks if you'd like to tag the photo, then it does facial recognition and asks you to define people in the picture. Then it prompts you to share the photo.

    You cannot turn these steps off. Google forces you through these social steps each time you upload a photo.

    edit: by the way, i love the intelligent flamebait response in this 'article'. "Deal with it". wow, i guess we've moved away from the time when customers actually get a say in how products operate and are developed. The Google is always right. The Google can do no evil. Must obey the Google. SJVN basically 'bah'ing like a sheep and Google is the shepherd.
  • This coming from Wil Wheaton....

    Best known for playing a kid that faints after pulling a leech off his willy.

    Speaking of which, is there any actor whose life, career, or reputation wasn't destroyed after making that film? (aside from maybe Keifer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss)
    • The fat kid

      Jerry O'Connell is married to Rebecca Romijn. That's enough win for all of the characters in Stand By Me. And I dare say he's had a career just below Keifer Sutherland.
      • Just below Keifer Sutherland?

        Don't make me laugh.

        Name one big movie Jerry O'Connell has been in?

        (You lose whatever credibility you might have had if you mention "Joe's Apartment")

        No, the only person whose career might've improved from that flick is Andy Lindberg.
      • @Joe_Raby

        Jerry Maguire.

        You asked...
  • Ironic?

    Weird to see such a pro Goo+ position on a post that only has a "Like on FB" button beneath it ;)

    I was going to share it on G+ but can't without hassle.
    Grizwald Grim
    • Now, now

      I'm sure SJVN and the other person using Google+ are very happy ;-)
  • Whine

    It all sounds like a bunch of whine to me. Don't like it? Don't use it.
    Jeff Kibuule
  • I miss the Like and Dislike buttons on Youtube as well.

    I just don't understand why Google needs to replace the Like and Dislike buttons with a G+ Share button. Can't we have both? Google give us back the Like and Dislike buttons and put the G+ Share button beside them. The G+ button and the Like/Dislike buttons do two separate things. One is for social media and the other is for individual video ratings. I want my Like and Dislike buttons back now.

    Edit: I don't know if it is temperatry or if Google changed it but after writing this comment I went to Youtube and the Like and Dislike buttons were back.
  • unliked and unused

    I'm with Will. Saying "don't like it, don't use it" is catchy, but it's also why G+ is unliked and unused.
  • A demigod to the Google+ denizens has dismissed Google+ itself

    Given that Google+ is geared to basement dwelling, still living with their parents twenty something male geeks, this is a blow to the little credibility that Google+ already has. This is like a message on high for them.

    If Jar Jar Binks comes out against Google+, Google+ is all but over.
    Your Non Advocate
  • Eureka

    When I hear Wil Wheaton mentioned, I think not only of [i]ST:TNG[/i] but his recent role on the SyFy show [i]Eureka[/i]. Sometimes I wonder just how much like Dr. Isaac Parrish Wil really is. :)

    It's too bad they're canceling [i]Eureka[/i] now. That might be (have been?) my favorite show left on SyFy.
    • I'm with you

      It sucks they are cancelling Eureka. Warehouse 13 and Sanctuary are decent shows too but if they cancel those shows I will have no reason to watch the SyFy at all - I can get my fix via Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, or DVDs.

      Wil was also on Leverage playing a hacker that goes by the handle "Chaos"... who is reminiscent of Dr Parrish.
      • Cancelling SF

        Yes I also will regret the passing of Eureka, but except for the nice start to the new season, I'm afraid it's run its course. As for Warehouse 13 and Sanctuary, they should have been cancelled some time ago and I'm an Amanda Tapping fan.

        You could try Lost Girl, Fringe, Grimm and Alphas and even Supernatural, but all shows reach a point where they begin to lack creativity - I mean Armageddon would have been a good point for Supernatural to stop, but it still limps along.

        What I'd like to know is are we ever going to see the Star Trek universe on television again? ;-)