Is Google+ ruining Google?

The whole Google+ experiment has been an interesting one to watch over the past few months. After a good launch where people were actually saying nice things about the service in the past few months it seems like Google+ has been struggling hard to keep any sort of momentum going (which has made it a regular topic on our podcast, Weekly Tech Update). CNN today has an interview with a former Google employee who claims that Google+ is ruining Google and has basically divided the company into two camps. If you're a fan of social media this is an interesting read.

Angry rants about the demise of corporate culture aren't reserved only for ex-Goldman Sachs employees. Microsoft-turned-Google engineer James Whittaker -- now once again a Microsoft employee -- fired off a scathing blast Tuesday on a Microsoft blog about why he left Google.

"My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation," wrote Whittaker, who headed an engineering team for social network Google+. "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."