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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Video chat! And not just with one person.
- Photo editor. One that goes beyond Facebook’s crop function.
- Sparks – a news feed of sorts customized to the user’s interests.
- 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.)