Google+ came out a while ago and a few people invited me, so I decided to check it out. It’s very similar to Facebook: you can post statuses, upload pictures, share websites, and give a “+1” to certain web pages and statuses all over the Internet. It has a clean, easy-to-use interface and it boasts that its privacy settings are more user-friendly than Facebook’s.
But does Google+ have the power to overtake Facebook? If Google+ is supposed to be so similar, why would Facebook users jump ship when they have all their friends on one social network already? Maybe it’s just time for a change. Facebook may very well go the way of MySpace before it – a loss in popularity due to a social network with less issues and more opportunity for changes to benefit its users.
I like Google+ because I have always liked Google services. Gmail is the best email service I have ever used, and I’ve used a lot of them. Google Translate and Google Maps are tools I use at least once a week. And of course, the Google search engine is outstanding. It’s the only one I’ve ever used for many years.
I want Google+ to bring Facebook down, but the only valid reason I have for disliking Facebook is that there are plenty of people on there I would prefer not to interact with. But if Facebook does end up losing popularity and everyone migrates over to Google+, those same people I’d prefer not to interact with will end up there as well.
The other, less-valid reason I have for disliking Facebook is its popularity. Everyone has a Facebook, including children under 13 and senior citizens over 80. There will probably come a day when Google+ will get so popular that everyone will be on it and it won’t feel as exclusive as it once was. I’ll probably dislike it then, too.
For now, I’ll enjoy Google+ in its “baby” stages. Have you tried it yet? Do you like it?