You don’t have to spend much time online to know that the Google Plus phenomena is spreading across the inter webs like wildfire. I’ve heard mixed feedback from different audiences and I’m here to give you my 2 cents.
I like Google Plus slick interface and “fresh slate” approach to the platform. Several I know (and don’t know) have ditched FaceBook and gone Google Plus all the way already, with the concept of excluding the noise of their FaceBook “friends” who they don’t really know, to start over. This does seem like a logical move for that purpose, but it doesn’t speak to any of the features of Google Plus since the main reason for platform migration is to “ditch the noise” not because it has cool features.
That said, I think the circles concept is great. Right off the bat Google has taken the FaceBook groups feature and made it better. Personally, I have Circles for business, friends, family, twitter users and my place of work. I like that users can be added to multiple circles.
Another feature that i’ve tested briefly is “hangouts”. Although my test was only one on one, I can see great potential for group discussions both business and personal, and the opportunity for virtual employees ever more a reality. I’m anxious to get my family overseas on board and make the world smaller. It will be interesting to see how Skype responds with their new FaceBook collaboration and paid multi-video conference services.
I’m still getting used to a few things on Google Plus, I certainly haven’t explored it as much as I’d like, but I think it certainly warrants potential. I’d says Google’s best attempt at social media yet. I’m anxious to see how the platform progresses with the hope of some kind of “FaceBook page style” additions that can be used for businesses. The new social network has got off to a great start with 10 million subscribers in the first two weeks of going live (and that’s with restricted “invite-only” access).
Now i’ve given you my 2 cents, whats yours?