[Turning Negative Space into Something Positive] Why the #whitespace and #usesforwhitespace memes are indication of the health of the Google+ community.
The first major Google+ facelift. It could have been a disaster. Okay, maybe that's being a bit dramatic, but we all know how much people hate change, particularly when it comes to their UI's that they engage with everyday. To see the uproar this causes, we need only look to the tens of thousands of complaining comments and status updates whenever Facebook makes even a slight alteration. (Although, to be fair, you could argue that those changes are terrible, so... ;D)
But while initially there was some head-scratching and a smattering of grumbling comments in reaction to the new white space, any negativity was quickly overtaken by the waves of seemingly affectionate #whitespace and #usesforwhitespace macros generated by the platform's users, as if to say, "Okay, Google, we don't quite understand it, but we trust you enough, so in the meantime we're going to embrace this and make it our own." The community turned what could have teetered into a a series of very bad headline that critics would have been happy to snicker at, into a cultural inside-joke that built increased brand loyalty and enjoyment. It strengthened comradery. The users themselves did their own PR-like spin, turning the tide of sentiment.
If that isn't a sign of the good health of the Google+ community, I don't know what is. Score one for Google.Alida Brandenburg - Read in G+
Take it as a warning Google. #usesforwhitespaceMatej Raj?an - Read in G+
kim jong-il looking at #whitespace #usesforwhitespaceRoman Ožana - Read in G+
I enjoy the #UsesForWhitespace meme regarding the new G+ layout as much as the next bloke, but Just Saying... #twitter #whitespaceMads Troest - Read in G+
#cellphonephotography #mobileography #usesforwhitespace #whitespaceJohn Magnus Steffensen - Read in G+
I've found at least one of the honest #usesforwhitespace . I used to put my Pidgin chat window in the top-right corner of my screen, and occasionally when chatting AND browsing I'd just make my browser window smaller horizontally so I can see both of them.
With Google+ whitespace, I just put Pidgin in the whitespace, and make it 'Always On Top'. Problem effectively solved... While on Google+.Colin Griffith - Read in G+
#usesforwhitespace this is my proposal.Isaac Lascasas - Read in G+
New (old) games in G+ - #usesforwhitespaceHendrik Nieweg - Read in G+
Blatantly ripping off +Fake Unicode Consortium
Unicode Character 'USES FOR WHITESPACE' (U+0020)
http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/20/index.htmSarah Slack - Read in G+
His original plan for #whitespace #usesforwhitespaceJacob Sanders - Read in G+