Importance of lively updates
By user12610620 on Jul 11, 2011
In another case, I clicked over to the profile of a friend who had just signed up. From what I can tell, he entered his gender into his profile but not much else. Fair enough. I know this because his profile says "Gender: Mail". Here's what I saw on the screen though.
Google+ says "Michael has not filled out their profile yet.". First of all, Michael clearly has filled in at least something in his profile - you're showing it right there, Google. Second, the one piece of his profile he did submit was his gender. How about "Michael has not filled out his profile yet."? Once again, this looks like a disconnect between different parts of the UI, where some of it has gotten an update (gender being filled in in the profile), and some if it hasn't (the text right above saying there is no profile, and not reflecting the one bit of known data).
I'm left feeling like Google doesn't totally have their act together even though they had a cold-open with an invite-only system. On a totally unrelated note, I've notice a somewhat similar behavior in Google Calendar - if you import a bunch of ICS data, you can see it if you subscribe to the ICS calendar, but it doesn't show up in the UI for a while. Not all the time, just sometimes. Perhaps this is just a symptom of running a large distributed system. On the other hand, maybe we can do better?
I guess what I'm trying to say is... just what do I call "people in my circles"?