A Possible Facebook Usurper?

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?

15 thoughts on “A Possible Facebook Usurper?

  1. I have not tried Google+ yet, but I will. I’m on Facebook, but rarely use it. I’m on twitter most of the time, and like you, I already use a lot of Google services daily, like email. It seems that Google+ would be easier for me to use because I pretty much stay logged into their other services as to where I have to purposely log into Facebook to see what’s going which there usually isn’t anything of any importance to me.

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  2. I’ve got to try Google+ because of my job but I’m also glad there could possibly be a decent rival to Facebook. I find the usability really frustrating on Facebook and the lack of privacy a bit scary… So, I’m with you Maggie! Give Google+ a go!

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  3. Google + reminds me of the first days of Facebook. There were few of my friends using it – the closest one – and I was feeling comfortable sharing things.

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    1. Right… you can be more comfortable sharing things when not everyone in the world is on the same service! That’s similar to what I’m thinking.

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      1. This is my concern, as I expressed in the thread I linked to. Part of FB’s privacy issues are from the fact that everything tends to be visible to everybody on FB (or made visible to them with no notice when you set it otherwise). But the other concern is how much is searchable by just anybody on the net. Well, Google _is_ the search engine, so one would have to assume everything will be searchable. That would restrict what I’d be willing to share, no matter who’s actually on the site at that moment.

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        1. I try to restrict what I share anywhere I am on the Internet – unless I know with 100% certainty that it’s safe… but that can be the problem. There isn’t anywhere that’s totally safe from search engines or from people with less-than-honorable intentions.

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  4. There was an interesting thread about this over here:
    http://undiscoveredauthor.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/ready-for-google/

    It included some details about how Google’s different services connect with each other (or don’t). (It didn’t mean much to me, but it might help you.)

    I’m interested, but only rather idly. I spend less and less time on FB. Good blogs are much more interesting. But, as I say, I’ll give it a spin at some point.

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    1. Unfortunately, the general public doesn’t seem to have the attention span necessary to read and write blogs. Short status posts are better for them, I suppose.

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  5. I’m on Google+, and I have to admit that I’m one of the few who’s actually never joined Facebook. Or Twitter, for that matter. I was considering one or both when my invite to Google+ came along, so I jumped on board this week. Since I’m so new to the whole social media sphere, I’m afraid I can’t comment on it in relation to anything, but I am enjoying the conversations that are developing. With an eye on privacy of course. That was one of my fears about joining FB.

    You can find me at gplus.to/laurastanfill, and you can get your own name or nickname (instead of having your identity be a series of numbers) at http://gplus.to/.

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    1. I added you! My Google+ URL is gplus.to/maasmith – so nice not to have a long, clumsy one!

      Thank you for visiting my blog, Laura!

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      1. Excellent! I added you, too, Maggie. I’ve visited your blog before, because Anthony’s part of my blog community, but it’s nice to be part of the conversation over here!

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  6. Google is easily the most amazing reputable, well known company in the world, and its well deserved. No other website has been able to do what google has done especially in such a short amount of time. Anyone who badm mouths google has no knowledge of anything and obviously cannot use a computer.

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