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July 19, 2011

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Google+ Review: It is what it is

by David Spira

A number of people have asked me to review Google+, and even more have asked me in casual conversation what I think about it.

I’ve been at a loss for anything really deep or unique to say about the service other than I prefer it to Facebook (at the moment).

Facebook

Facebook is three separate things: a company, a website and a cultural phenomenon.

The Company

Facebook the company is abusive.

They twist around your privacy settings when they release new features. At this point they should default their new and intrusive features to “off” when they see a user who has everything set to “private.”

Facebook is a data black-hole. They suck down data, they never share, and it’s damn near impossible to get anything meaningful out.

The Website

Facebook the website is clunky and kind of boring. I use it to keep up with some friends. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.

The Cultural Phenomenon

Facebook hit a cultural nerve. It was the right service at the right time, and it boomed as a result.

Facebook’s strength is that it has managed to cross the generational gaps (emphasis on plural). Facebook’s weakness as I have suggested before is that it has managed to cross the generational gaps. For Facebook to succeed with future generations it must stay cool. It’s unbelievably rare for cultural phenomenon to remain cool once parents and grandparents like it.

But enough about Facebook.

Google+

Google+ is the social media flavor of the month, and it’s well-earned. Google managed to make a social network that doesn’t suck. It’s a little half-baked, but anyone who follows Google closely knows that they will iterate the hell out of it fast and furiously.

The ability to organize my connections into separate circles and control what those circles can see is neat. It’s one of those features that users will do all manner of interesting things with.

There are plenty of things it doesn’t do like import videos directly from my YouTube account (as it does with Picasa), or limit my stream based on selected circles, but I’m sure they will add those in the near future.

Best Practices

Just use it, and figure out how it fits into your social media life for yourself.

C.C. Chapman put it nicely (Shared by my friend Lynette Young):

The Bottom-line

I like Google+.

At the moment Google+ is less noisy than Facebook, more organized that Twitter, and less stodgy that LinkedIn.

I have no idea what Google+ will be when it grows up.

I’m not sure how I will use Google+ a month from now.

I have absolutely no clue how Google+ fits into your life.

But I can invite you if still need access. Google+ is worth joining.

Hit my up on Google+.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 19 2011

    Solid Dave. I have the invite and its just been sitting in my gmail folder lol. I think I’ll sit down and play with it today.

    Reply
  2. Jul 20 2011

    Hey D, how about inviting me so I can assess your review? Thanks.

    Reply
  3. Jul 20 2011

    Check your Gmail P.

    Reply
  4. Jul 20 2011

    Hey D, I’m in! Thanks again buddy!

    Reply

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