Google+ shows promise and yet…

So far it seems that there’s only room for one big social networking site on the internet. Facebook has proven king after beating out MySpace. Twitter is a social network, but not in the same way the others are. Twitter and Facebook can, for now, coexist. But can Google+ and Facebook do the same?

I find them very similar – friend lists or circles, status updates, photo sharing, etc., but Google+ does have its advantages:

  1. Users will find it easier to control what and how much they share because G+ doesn’t assume you want to share everything with everyone.
  2. Google already knows everything about us. Now, we have email, blogs, social networking and news all in one, instead of on various different sites. Users can even update G+ from Gmail.
  3. Video chat! And not just with one person.
  4. Photo editor. One that goes beyond Facebook’s crop function.
  5. Sparks – a news feed of sorts customized to the user’s interests.
  6. No games/game invitations…yet.
Despite those advantages, I’m finding it hard to figure out how Google+ lets users message each other. Sure, there’s video chat and users can comment on each other’s updates, but what if I want to share something with one person? I wouldn’t want to email them – that’s too formal. On Facebook, I’d just put it on their wall.
Google+ is a far cry from the debacle that was Google Wave (or Buzz), but will it survive? I hope so. It shows potential…and yet I feel the need to tell Facebook about it. That will likely be G+’s biggest hurdle: How do you get people to leave the familiar? It’ll be a while and many more people involved to get me to go to G+ when I want to share a link, a picture or a reaction. For now, my first stops will still be Facebook and Twitter.
May the social networking war begin! I can’t wait to see with what Facebook reacts. (For the record, if they hired the Sony hackers to do some “work” on Google,  I called it.)

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