Well, one of the biggest features introduced by Google+ is the organization of the friend list. Google+ offers Circles which allows for the separation of people into different groups depending on relationship. Many agree that this system is the best way to share posts with just your close friends rather than your family or co-workers. However, Ben Parr from Mashable.com feels differently, considering that “people don’t want to organize their friends” because it’s a “tedious task.” This may be an unnecessary bother to some, but overall Circles is a huge hit to those who have experienced Google+. One feature nobody can disagree with is Google+ Hangouts, which allows video chat for up to 10 people at the same time. Along with Circles, Hangouts have proven to be an amazing installment to social networking and have been a “killer feature” for users. Already, these incredible tools have been useful to fans around the world.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Google+ is just beginning, and innovation is always probable when Google is involved. If not having a search tool is a disappointment considering how Google is the top search engine online, this application may be implemented in the future. Bill Gross, founder of Idealab and Ubermedia, predicts that Google+ will see a bright future estimating “‘100,000,000 users faster than any other service in history.’” If this assumption becomes reality, it would be a huge step for Google+, but one should look at the true goals of the competing network site. Technology Journalist, Marshall Kirkpatrick, focuses on the bigger picture of what Google+ is trying to represent. He states that Google+ is not trying to “kill any competitors” but rather force open “the walled gardens (Facebook in particular)” to “open up interoperability enough that their users can communicate with… people in their lives that use a different social network.” Kirkpatrick has a significant point, and hopefully this idea finds success, but only time will tell how the forces of Google+ will affect Facebook. Fortunately, this battle for social networking dominance will draw out new, innovative technology and social services through the competition that Google+ is displaying. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
So far, which social networking site do you find more attractive… Facebook or Google+?