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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications 321

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from the they-should-upgrade-to-google+-pro dept.
dkd903 writes "Yesterday, many users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox with multiple email notifications in very quick succession. Earlier today, Vic Gundotra, Head of Social at Google, explained what was causing it – Google ran out of disk space on the server that keeps track of notifications."
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

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  • Re:Google+ (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jbernardo (1014507) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @11:42AM (#36711724)
    Wow... So much hatred towards google+, despite it starting to shape up as a great product! Have you even used it, or are you just a facebook "relationship manager"? If you'd use it, you'd see it is very polished, circles are thousand times better than anything fb has, hangouts are cool... And above all, google seems to care about its users, unlike fb. Anyway, for a beta, it is surely very stable and fast. I didn't see any of those "constant problems" you speak of (did anyone see them, or only zuck?), and stating it has "even bigger privacy problems" than fb - can you say that with a straight face?
  • What?? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 10, 2011 @11:49AM (#36711780)

    Google did the same mistake here they've done several times earlier.. They published an unfinished product...

    No, they're field testing an unfinished product. It's the reason why it's hard to get an invite.

    ...on a market that is already established and has the giant pain of trying to get users to move to their service.

    They don't seem to be having much difficulty getting users to move to their service. In fact, most of their difficulties lies in slowing down the demand because they can't handle it at this stage of testing, as shown by this particular problem. It's expanding way faster than they want it to, with more than a million users already signed up (according to TFA). I've sent invites to a bunch of people, and none of them have actually gotten the invitation mail yet, because google is throttling the number of invites they send.

    This included with the constant problems on Google+

    Field testing. Finding bugs is the purpose of this.

    not really offering anything new and even bigger privacy problems than with Facebook really isn't doing good.

    What are these even bigger privacy problems? Google+ is centered around increased privacy controls, which is also what they're offering that's new.

    Now I feel like it's going to die a slow death with no interest from casual people.

    Pff...considering that a few days after they began public testing, Google+ was among the top 10 referrers to web sites, it's more likely that Facebook will die a quick death as soon as field testing is over. About as quick as myspace died once facebook opened up to non-university students.

  • by 0100010001010011 (652467) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @11:56AM (#36711852)

    I finally got an invite yesterday from a friend. It still needs a bit of tweaking but hands down the best social website since Facebook was nice and clean back in the day. The fact that it's rising this fast should make some people over at Facebook a bit worried. I'm going to finally start transitioning.

    Back in the day Facebook was only .edu and thus didn't have the lowest common denominator on it. We used to make fun of people on MySpace for "ThEiR HoRiBLZ Grammer" and such. But if you start reading LameBook [lamebook.com] or Failbook [failbook.com] this group of people is now over on Facebook. And as long as Google+ remains invite only, I can't see them ever getting over to Google+.

    CSB:
    Facebook royally screwed me when they did the automated bans of numerous apps. [slashdot.org] My app. User 1 (me). [github.com]. Was caught up in it.

    When my grandma died I was tasked with scanning in family photos. I needed a faster way to upload them so I wrote my app. I had thousands, if not tens of thousands of photos uploaded, sorted, tagged. Most of my large family isn't the most technological, and facebook was much easier than Gallery. Plus they could tag each other, comment on the photos "Oh this is when Dad took us to that beach and set the house on fire" etc. When the auto ban bot came through it was all gone. My appeal reply was boiler plated. "Sorry our bot says you're doing spamming." Unlike some people, I do still have all the photos. (It looks like there were numerous photo uploading apps that got caught up in the ban.)

    Thankfully with my app it only took about 24 hours of my bandwidth to reupload them, but all of the additional value added metadata that was lost. (I am not retagging them). Any photo less than 2048x2048 doesn't count towards your 1GB Picasa (Google+ Photos?) quota. I've already started looking at the PHP Google API. I'm hoping to have all my photos up there soon. Anyone that wants to see any new photos I take, will follow me to Google+.
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  • Re:Google+ (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tchernobog (752560) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @11:59AM (#36711880)

    Google did the same mistake here they've done several times earlier.. They published an unfinished product on a market that is already established and has the giant pain of trying to get users to move to their service. This included with the constant problems on Google+, not really offering anything new and even bigger privacy problems than with Facebook really isn't doing good. It was hot for a few days when coming out of beta.. Now I feel like it's going to die a slow death with no interest from casual people.

    Actually, if they ran out of disk space, it's more like they had a bigger response than what they anticipated, so it's probably going quite well.

    As for the "same mistake they've done several times earlier", are you referring to the undoubtedly failure of products such as GMail or GTalk? Or of Google Search, maybe? They seem to have been adopted pretty widely to me...

    And as both a Facebook and Google+ user, I can't really say how you manage to state that privacy is worse on Google+ than in Facebook, where they introduce new options violating your privacy all the times and without alerting you (almost all weeks I found new checkboxes to uncheck in my privacy settings, not to speak of the scam/spam apps and the poor security record FB has). Maybe you can elaborate your line of reasoning? Else, it's just trolling.

    Frankly, I am closing down my Facebook account, and I'm giving a Google+ a shot. In the past three days, friends in my circles on Google+ went up from being just 6 to about 40-50. I expect this number to increase. Deep integration with other Google products, such as GMail, will most likely ensure a big number of participants.

    If Google+ fails, I won't at least go back to FB. There is a lot of social pressure to do so, but quite frankly it sucks. You use it because most of your friends do, not because it works well. The only thing I will miss is the capability of creating events among friends, but there are other ways.

  • Define many (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kmdrtako (1971832) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @12:07PM (#36711922)

    "Yesterday, many users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox..."

    Yesterday some users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox.

    There, fixed that for you.

    I, e.g., did not get spammed, (And yes, I have a g+ account.)

  • Re:Google Haters? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jbernardo (1014507) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @12:25PM (#36712066)
    This post will possibly get you downvoted very quickly by the fb trolls/"relationship managers", like the guy who posted this "news" or the first poster. They are getting less obvious (well, after the idiot RMs for wp7 they only could improve), but are quite easy to spot as drones working for a RM agency. And they are trying to do the same to slashdot as they did to techcrunch or betanews, were you can't find a decent comment in the middle of all the astroturfers. So you (and everyone who calls their game) will get downvoted in a second. As I will be, no doubt.

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