So after tooling around with Google+ for a little bit, I have to say I’m pretty happy with the project. Maybe it’s the Google name stamped on the package, but all in all I have to say it’s a pretty good social offering from the search giant.
Google just unveiled their own social network: Google+. Since I apparently don’t have enough status in the cool kid’s club to be in on the first round of invites, I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I’ve seen and heard so far.
The first thing that struck me is that Google+ is a validation of +1’s existence. I had discussed previously that I thought +1 was a good attempt by Google at competing with Facebook’s Like, but didn’t have the full social infrastructure beneath it to support. But that is the probably the least interesting thing about Google+, which has plenty of features which merit discussion.
Google just unveiled their +1 feature in order to compete with Facebook’s Like button. When a user presses the +1 button on a website, that +1 will be visible whenever that website comes up in one of their Google contacts’ searches. Twitter also rolled out their Follow button which allows people to follow the writer’s Twitter account without going directly to Twitter’s website. While Twitter’s move extends the functionality of following someone on Twitter and encourages more users to adopt their service (which is definitely something they should be doing), Google’s move has a little bit more behind it in terms of getting a social edge and moving into a space outside of search. Continue reading