It’s difficult to steal market share when your competitor owns so much of the real estate. Google+ is going to have a tough job ahead of it grabbing share from Facebook… but on the Internet users are fickle and there are many examples where the best app didn’t win. However, this may be an exception with Google+.
Introducing Google+ (click through to the post to view the Google+ videos):
When I speak about social media networks fatal flaw, I’ve always mentioned the fact that they tend to dump us into a single network, regardless of relationships. Google+ corrected this with Circles – a means to custom categorize every person you know on the network… and only share the information you would like to with each:
Finally! You can keep your work, family and high school friends separate from one another! It’s a fantastic feature and is implemented nicely. In fact, Google+ may be Google’s most beautifully designed application – both on the desktop and on the Droid phone (iPhone app is forthcoming). Everything is smooth, no clutter, and easy to navigate and find. I found myself naturally discovering how to do things without any need for assistance.
Many people have ridiculed me when I said that Facebook would be replaced some day. I’m not sure that Google+ is the replacement, but I do believe the chances are 50/50. The application has the best features of Facebook while making it easier to use and implementing Circles and Huddles.
And Instant Upload…
At any rate, I am excited to see some competition out there for Facebook… even if it is the Google monopoly bringing it to market. It remains to be seen whether or not the momentum of Facebook is simply too strong… we’ll soon see!
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