Friday, September 26, 2014

List Day: 25 Things About Google Apps That Annoy Me

  • General
    1. The Grid icon adds a useless extra click when accessing common tools like the Calendar.
    2. Google Plus was a good idea until they forced integration across all of the other tools. I'm glad they're letting it die now.
    3. Every workflow is oriented around the way Google WANTS you to do something, not the way you NEED do it.
  • GCalendar
    1. Google assumes that every event is going to be mappable.
  • GChat
    1. Contacts can only be grouped by "All" or "Most Popular". There's no way to have custom groups.
    2. Contacts are permanently sorted by first letter, and half our company is listed with last name first.
  • GDocs
    1. When you click on a change in the Revision History, the document doesn't scroll down to that change.
    2. Translation between Google formats and Microsoft formats is still laughably awful.
    3. Comments lose attribution when converted to Word.
    4. It takes two clicks just to see the page count.
  • GMail
    1. Deleting an email in a conversation deletes the entire conversation.
    2. I have never found an archived email I was looking for on page one of search results.
    3. Having labels also represent folders is a confusing mental model.
    4. When there are multiple new emails in a conversation, it's easy to miss the older ones.
    5. "Reply to All" often bugs out and refuses to open a draft window.
    6. Creating filters is more tedious than simply deleting the messages.
  • GDrive
    1. The client software causes catastrophic sync errors as soon as you use it on more than one computer regularly.
    2. When I drag something, it's because I want to copy and paste a filename, and NEVER because I want to move it!
    3. Every third or fourth visit, GDrive goes into weird, flashy mode where the page endlessly refreshes until Firefox runs out of memory.
    4. I NEVER want Google to attempt to render a file when I click on it. Just let me download it.
    5. It takes four clicks to download a file.
    6. It takes several seconds for Google to render a file past page one, even if you just opened it a few minutes ago. How about some caching?
    7. GDrive is always syncing your changes whether you like it or not. There is no "commit" option.
    8. Version Control is useless. It takes four clicks to manage revisions when not using the buggy GDrive client.
    9. It is super easy to completely overwrite a file and its history by accident.

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