Google Controversary: The Crochet Crowd’s Opinion

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

17 thoughts on “Google Controversary: The Crochet Crowd’s Opinion

  • November 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm
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    While I am happy for your well-deserved expansion, you will likely never see me in your google+ community. I attempted to join google+ a couple weeks ago; because my real name is a unique name, they would not let me join unless I scan and send them a copy of my driver’s license or passport (or was it birth certificate? can’t remember now). They do not need that information from me, especially in scanned form, so they can forget it if they can’t understand that is my real name. Sorry! Sincerely, TANGERINE-and yes, that is my real first name.

  • November 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm
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    I totally agree!!!

  • November 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm
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    Sorting comments by something other than chronological order is something I’m starting to see a lot. For example, any site that uses Disqus does it; the comments with the most positive votes are at the top. I don’t really like this for basically the same reason that you stated, that it can be easy to miss really good comments. Plus, the comments at the top will probably get more votes because they’re easier to see, especially if there are a lot of comments and people don’t want to take the time to read them all.

    It sounds like Google’s system will work the same way, except it will be based on the commenter’s level of participation in their service – and that bothers me even more than what’s going on with Disqus. Some people just don’t – or can’t – participate that much. Maybe they don’t have much time to spend online or maybe they have bandwidth limits; for example, I can go over my monthly limit really fast if I watch many videos so I have to choose them carefully. There’s also the social aspect that some people – like me – don’t want to get involved in. I have 2 Google accounts right now (one personal and one for family stuff) but I don’t do Google+; it seems like just their version of Facebook, and I don’t do Facebook either. (Of course I could have been signed up for G+ without my knowledge; that wouldn’t surprise me, considering the way they operate.)

    You make a couple of other really good points – “you can be tracked regardless of the name you use” and “with most changes that are done by Google, it is calculated and for the greater good of the service”. Google wants to track everyone and everything they can, so they can better fit their ads to their users; it’s all about making money. If it happens to benefit the users that’s probably incidental; I don’t think they really care, as long as it benefits them.

    You can probably tell I’m not real happy with them these days; what they’re doing with YouTube makes me even less happy. But I really feel for you and your helpers, having to monitor all those comments. I admire and appreciate all the work you do promoting crochet with this site and your tutorials and links, and especially with featuring others’ projects (something I’m not too familiar with because I think it’s on FB? But I still think it’s great that you do that). You’ve put a lot of time and effort into this and I feel bad that you’re now going to have to spend even more time just because of what someone else has decided to do. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about others’ volume of work increasing because of something Google did (or stopped doing). I just wish someone would give them some decent competition. They’re turning into a monopoly.

  • November 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm
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    Thanks for the update, but I don’t usually like “new and improved”.

  • November 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm
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    There will always be haters & a–holes. It is way to easy to say anything on social media that comes into your head as it is. In print things also are different than by spoken word. I am not making excuses, just an observation. You do what is best for you. You have a talent that I appreciate. Don’t let anyone intimidate you or make you feel bad about you. That gives them power they don’t deserve. <3

  • November 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm
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    Good idea…sometimes I read other comments and wonder why people say certain things that I believe to be nasty, dumb and mean. A lot of comments has nothing to do with the video. BRAVO TO THE CHANGE.

  • November 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm
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    thank you for explaining; have always enjoyed and appreciated your tutorials. found them helpful and have recommended your site to others

  • November 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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    Thank you for explaining this for us. Great all around teacher!

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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    Thank you for explaining! I have heard of this change/integration but before now had no idea what it meant. Whether you are explaining crochet or tech talk, you sure are a WONDERFUL teacher. Thanks so much for all you do 🙂

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    Thnx very much 4 ur ur update, concise explanation, including pros/cons! Much appreciated! I firmly believe one of the most important skill sets anyone can have these days is “how to manage change effectively”. The changes u described have already been made & Google didn’t ask anyone for permission or input. I think we need to move forward, use the new process & see how it works. Let’s give it a chance. As u said, U & Cathy can as assess the new changes & see how they work from ur end. We, as Crochet Crowd community members can do the same thing from our end. If really serious issues emerge, we can problem solve together (our Crochet Crowd’s group’s greatest strength!) 2 find solutions. If the issues become really bad, we can let Google know how we feel. My sense is that if it gets to that level, we won’t be alone, as 1,000’s of others will feel the same way. So, let’s move 4ward & see how it goes!

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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    Great explanation of the situation between You Tube and Google. Thanks so much!!

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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    Great explanation of the situation that exists at the moment between You Tube and Google. Always so grateful to you, Mikey.

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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    Thanks for the explanation, and I did not know about the Crochet Crowd Google Plus Community. I’m going to head over and check it out. 🙂

    • November 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm
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      I did not know this either. You tube is not somewhere I feel the need to comment or interact with people so the changes do not bother me in the least.

  • November 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm
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    I don’t know how you do it. You are always to easy to understand when you explain things to us. An inspired crocheter and writer…..and video maker….and and and….well you get the picture! Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ tlg

  • November 10, 2013 at 11:57 am
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    Very well thought out and explained. Thanks Mikey!

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