Google+ Trend: White Space a Turnoff for Users

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Since Google+ introduced their new interface updates many users have been annoyed or turned off by the ever present white space to the right of the activity stream. The #usesforwhitespace meme hashtag has gone viral on Google+ and created a good amount of buzz around #newgoogleplus and #whitespace as well. People have gone wild speculating what to do with this unused space.

So far Google hasn't explained exactly what they are planning use the space for, but they do plan on using it. If you were worried about them using it for advertising, Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Social at Google, confirmed the space will not be used for ads.

There's a lot more to the new Google+ than just white space. So far changes include moving the navigation buttons from the top of the page to the left side, enabling drag and drop the icons that link to their Profile, Photos, Hangouts, Circles and Games, new conversation “cards", Hangouts, and a discovery page for finding trending topics on Goggle+.

Despite all these changes, users still seem to be focused more on speculating uses for the white space. If you're interested in learning more about what users are doing with the white space, or simply are intent on eliminating the unused area, just type the #usesforwhitespace hashtag in your search and you'll find volumes of information.

Check out this YouTube video commentary on the changes to Google+:

Twitter reaction to the changes and white space:

I like it! The #usesforwhitespace posts make me laugh. RT @mashable: What Do You Think of the Google+ Redesign - 3 hours ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The #usesforwhitespace trend on Google+ is my new favourite thing. Obvious opportunity to break out your favourite exploitable memes... 5 hours ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#usesforwhitespace i am not a fan of google plus. 7 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by .ditto190212061807132672{background: #1A1B1F url( no-repeat;padding: 20px;} .ditto190212061807132672 a { color: #4A9E47;} p.dittoTweet{background: #fff;padding: 10px 12px 10px 50px;margin: 0;min-height: 48px;color: #000;font-size: 18px !important;line-height: 22px;-moz-border-radius: 5px;-webkit-border-radius: 5px;} p.dittoTweet span.metadata {display: block;width: 100%;clear: both;margin-top: 8px;padding-top: 12px;height: 65px;} p.dittoTweet span.metadata {line-height: 22px;color: #666;font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;} .mainlink {font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 26px;color: #1F98C7;text-decoration: none;} .mainlink: hover {color: #1F98C7;text-decoration: underline;} .tweet {font-size: 24px;} p.dittoTweet span.metadata img {float: left; margin: 0px 7px 0px 0px;} p.dittoTweet a:hover {text-decoration: underline;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp {font-size: 12px;display: block;color: #999;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a {color: #999;text-decoration: none;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a > span {display: inline-block;width: 16px;background-image:url(;background-repeat: no-repeat;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.reply > span {background-position: 0px 3px;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.reply:hover > span {background-position: -16px 3px;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.retweet > span {background-position: -80px 3px;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.retweet:hover > span {background-position: -96px 3px;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.favorite > span {background-position: -32px 2px;} p.dittoTweet span.timestamp a.favorite:hover > span {background-position: -48px 2px;}

Nigel ParkerThis is me helping G+ jump the shark #usesforwhitespace #fb 17 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#usesforwhitespace New meme contest going! Lets have fun with it instead of whining! Whoever comes up with the… 21 hours ago via ManageFlitter ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

LMAO! #usesforwhitespace Join the meme contest! I'm giving away a prize! 21 hours ago via ManageFlitter ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

D'ehhhh. How about your IM windows? Or do you dorks just not have any friends that want to chat with you? #usesforwhitespace 8 hours ago via ManageFlitter ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Now that's embarrassing. Google+'s new design has sparked a #UsesForWhiteSpace meme. 19 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I've been wondering how best to keep my #bacon close at hand.
Thank you G+!
- 20 hours ago via ifttt ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@michperu @1arsz @novatillasku You've been quoted in my blog: "Sobre espacios en blanco y Google+ #usesforwhitespace" 17 hours ago via Storify ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto