Apparently there is no end to social media networks. It all started with MySpace and Friendster. Then of course Facebook kicked both MySpace’s and Friendster’s asses. Then Twitter came about and somehow found a way to coexist with Facebook (smart move). Once Twitter came into the picture I thought we were done with the new social media sites but I was wrong.
Google decided to get in the game and on June 28 it released Google+ (Google Plus) which is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The site began as in an invite-only testing phase and technically it’s still in that phase. The day after its launch, Google+ users were allowed to invite friends to create their own accounts. However, this was quickly suspended a day after there was “insane demand” for accounts. I was invited a few weeks ago and couldn’t get on because there because was too much traffic. Today I was invited again and now I’m officially a Google+ user. (Here we go….)
Considering I’ve never had any interest in joining Twitter, it’s interesting that I was so quick to join Google+ even though I don’t know anything about it. Maybe it’s because Google just seems like a more user-friendly site that I’m accustomed to or maybe it’s because Google is so much a part of my life that being part of Google+ only seemed natural. (Or it could be that my extremely pushy friends Dave and Justin made me). Either way, I’m an official Google+ user and there is no going back. But here’s the question: Do I really want to put together ANOTHER profile and upload photos and make comments on ANOTHER site?
The other big question is whether or not Google+ will give Facebook a run for its money. I wonder if Google+ is Mark Zuckerberg’s worst nightmare or if he’s laughing at his billion dollar desk at this new “test site.” Stating the obvious, The New York Times declared the site as Google’s biggest attempt to rival Facebook which had over 750 million users in 2011.
We’ll see how it goes – I remember back in 2004 when I had no idea what Facebook was and then within weeks everyone I knew with a college email address was on it. It spread like wildfire and I think the same might happen with Google+ but it will honestly depend on whether or not people want to have both or if they are going to choose between Google+ and Facebook. Can they coexist or is there only room for one?
Either way, Google+ hit the ground running as it’s already created a bunch of services including “Circles,” “Hangouts,” “Sparks” and “Huddles” which I’m sure in six months will be part of our social media jargon like “Friend” and “Like” have become with Facebook.
So let the games begin and get out your scorecards. Will veteran Facebook win the social media race or will it be the newcomer Google+? Or can they coexist? I’m so curious to hear what everyone thinks. Let me know!