My thoughts 24 hours into Google+
Google+ is the smartest social network I’ve ever used and it has more potential to change how I use the web than anything I’ve seen in a decade.
What is it?
- Facebook without the noise & junk.
- Twitter with context & 1000x more functionality.
- Friendfeed without the cacophony of aggregated content.
Why it matters?
It is the first social network to begin to replicate real relationships.
Twitter & Facebook offer 2 choices: friend or follow. No middle ground. Life isn’t like that and Google+ circles allows you to segment & mix relationships however you choose. It’s asynchronous, like Twitter, so a reciprocated relationship isn’t required to connect.
Perhaps the most social feature I’ve ever seen. At its core it’s just group video chat but it’s different when enabled in a large social network where you are already present. I’ve visited with friends today I never get to chat with and met friends of friends just by “hanging out”. It’s a perfect name and killer feature. Skype should be very concerned.
It looks good & feels good. The UI is intuitive and the platform screams “interact with me”. It is omnipresent on google services so you can be sure most of us will often be a click away from connecting.
I just handed Google my social graph and I fully expect my search results are going to get much better in the coming months.
I might be overly exuberant due to shiny-new-object syndrome but it has exceeded all my expectations. It’s polished and just lovely.
Google learned the lessons of wave & buzz and I think they have a hit on their hands.
Will it kill Facebook in the foreseeable future? No. But competition is sorely needed & Google+ just changed the game.
No idea where it’s headed but I’m a fan.
+me at http://netkno.ws/plus
Update: And you don’t have to take my word for it.
- Jesse Stay & Mari Smith (THE 2 Facebook experts) both have very positive impressions.
- My wife, a regular person who is seldom impressed, even said “that’s cool” when I showed her circles & hangout.
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