Google+ Has An Edge Google Missed On Earlier Tries

by mjtaylor on July 10, 2011

I guess Google+ has something. It’s gotten my attention, anyway. It’s the first of Google’s (mostly failed) forays into social networking  to do so.  And its beta launch seems to have a buzz that, well Buzz never had, if all the chatter on Twitter and FB is any indication.

Why does Google+ appear to have, at least initial, success where other attempts have failed?

I think it’s because Google has addressed the privacy issue. You can’t add a connection without choosing a circle. You can put your contacts on a list in Twitter or Facebook, but it isn’t required. And on Google+, when you share you have to choose who sees it; one circle, 2 or more of your circles, all your circles, extended circles or completely public. On Facebook you have to work a lot harder to create lists and manage who sees what post or photo.

Another interesting feature is the ability to control whether your post can be shared. If you have an item you want to share with only one circle, you can prevent it from being shared. You can also disable comments on a post when you just want your voice to be heard.

What else I like:

  •  That I can edit a comment if I find a typo or have something else to add
  • The clean look of it …

What about you?  Will you catch this Wave? Do you think it will give Facebook a run for its money?

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Darshan Montgomery July 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Well I’m caching the wave. There is a lot of buzz (no pun intended) around Google’s new + social network.

I really like the concept Google implemented of taking grouping to a new level, object oriented grouping seems to be the logical next step when you’re dealing with 10′s, 100′s or even 1000′s of contacts. None of the other social networks have really crossed the proverbial bridge when it comes to effectively or easily organize and categorize social contacts. In my humble opinion, this just could be the edge Google’s + will have over the competition and soon meander into the realm of being a sizable social media contender.

S Emerson July 11, 2011 at 4:29 am

Jury still out here. Why do we need another social networking site? I already spend all morning doing the social/forum thing as it is.

Plus, so far, the people I have seen on there I already connect with elsewhere. Isn’t it kind of boring seeing the same message posted from the same people all the time. Would be nice if on any these you could broadcast just to people not in your other social networking sites.

johnywalter July 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I think it is still too early to judge whether it can knock Facebook off or even just match it up. Today was the first day actually that I get to try Google +. Pretty complicated for me for now. Compared to FB when I started it out, I immediately know what to do, with Google +, I still have to read some instruction. Anyways, that is always part of something new, to learn about it. Let’s see in the next few days to week if it is going to be a good wave.

Anna Costello July 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

I still haven’t figured out old Google Buzz. I think I posted 3 times in 2 years.

Dan July 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Google+ has already surpassed Facebook in terms of activity and accounts (when Facebook was in it’s early stages).

I can expect Google+ to possibly put Facebook on the brink of extinction. What I like is Google was planning to separate individual accounts with business accounts (they stated corporate orientated Google+ to be released later this year).

Definitely won’t have to put up with seeing business marketing spam all over the place that companies like to do.

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