Anyone have an invite for this Google+ wannabe?
Curious about it.
Hate the very idea of it.
Google’s social network Google plus takes aim at Facebook, but will it work?
Published: June 29
Google announced Tuesday the launch of a new social network, called Google +, or Google Plus, which aims to take on Facebook. As Hayley Tsukayama reported:
Google made a huge announcement today, launching Google +, or Google Plus, its long-awaited version of a social network to rival Facebook.
Google’s been trying to crack the social market for years, running into false starts with content-sharing services Wave and Buzz. (The former fizzled and the latter set off a privacy complaints that ended with a lawsuit and an FTC settlement.) Many have been waiting for Google’s big push into social since it rolled out its +1 button in March, especially as Facebook gets cozy with its search rival, Microsoft.
And then, today, Google announced +. The site bears a striking resemblance to Facebook, with streaming feeds and specialized groups of friends. In fact, Google + gathers many of the features of existing social networks.
The network has five basic components: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, Instant Uploads and Huddle. It also requires a Google profile, meaning you’ll need to provide Google, at minimum, with a name and a photo.
Circles lets you group your contacts — e.g. friends, work, family. Like Facebook, this features lets you share information with groups of contacts instead of hitting everyone with your latest update at once. Sparks acts like an RSS reader or Facebook news feed, letting you input things you’re interested in and pushing relevant content to you. Hangouts features live group video chats, aiming to foster spontaneous meetings with up to 10 people. You can also alert certain groups of friends when you’re hanging out.
Instant Uploads takes care of the increasingly important mobile aspect of social networking, automatically posting users’ phone pictures and videos to a private album. From there, users can decide if and with whom they want to share their media. You also have the option to add location data to every Google + post.
And Huddle is a group texting feature — similar to Beluga, which Facebook acquired in March — that lets you have a group chat through your phone.
Some analysts are asking whether Google expansion into the social media sphere is a bad move. TechCruch guest contributor Semil Shah asked the same question:
Today’s soft-launch of Google’s new social galaxy, Google+, raises one interesting question: Can Google, a massive, multinational, cash-rich, consumer technology company with multiple successful productivity applications and services, take its dough out of the oven and bake a social network into their bread?
Over the past year, Google has undergone some big changes. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt stepped down. Co-founder Larry Page stepped in, reshuffling the deck and tying employee bonuses to creating a successful social experience. The result seems to be a slick-looking yet potentially Wave-like confusing constellation of social “circles,” “huddles,” “hangouts,” and ”sparks” that could, theoretically, lay the foundation for new, more nuanced social networks to form. In the middle of all the reactions to today’s release, I believe it’s important to step back and ponder whether Google is focusing its efforts on the wrong problem, and in doing so, to investigate a potentially better fit that coincides with the company’s own DNA.
From Google’s social network Google plus takes aim at Facebook, but will it work? - The Washington Post
Honestly, I don't even have facebook nor do I have myspace, twitter or any of that social network garbage....I got tired of logging in and seeing everyone talk about what they ate for lunch OR how sick and shit they were. Oh and anothe big one was "ohhhhh its wayyyyy to early to be awake. I really don't wanna work today!!! Ahhhhhhh FML". yeah how bout shutting the fuck up instead. So basically I have cut out social networks for over a year now and I wont ever go back. I do however enjoy IM
"MY NAME IS SUE, HOW DO YOU DO? NOW YOU GONNA DIE!!!!!"
I did the same thing with TV.
Canceled cable around my 40th birthday. I'll be 49 next month. Don't miss it.
Substituted online time for my previous TV time. Amounts to about the same thing, but I prefer the interactive nature of teh Interwebz!
it's hard enough keeping up with the boards and those other sites......i wish google the best, but unless facebook starts charging people and they defect, i think it's too late for google to get in the game
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Cancelled cable?? Wow, and I thought I had made a bold move cancelling out FB. You are a stronger man than I CJ.
"MY NAME IS SUE, HOW DO YOU DO? NOW YOU GONNA DIE!!!!!"
According to https://plus.google.com/116098411511...ts/4t8sFLLK4hK , if you violate Google+'s terms of service, then you will lose access to all of Google's services.... including Gmail.
Google just doesn't get it. Facebook was originally a really cool idea developed by students, and Facebook continues to succeed because it's a great service that lets people connect with people easily. Facebook's success is well deserved, and I have no problem with Facebook cashing in on that succcess.
Google+, on the other hand, is motivated purely by Google's monopoly complex. Facebook won't let Google access its data, so they decide to develop Google+. Google+'s one goal is to help Google stay relevant and make it money. It is not to help the user. If you look at Gmail, Google gives out free accounts not because they are good guys, but so you have to log in, which let's them track everything you do with great accuracy.
Not only that, but Google is strong arming webmasters, like it always does, into adopting Google+. If you don't use the stupid ass Google+ button (google's version of Facebook's "like" feature), then your website will be punished in the search engine results.
The idiots who are like "OMG! GIVE ME AN INVITE!" are just so absolutely blind that it's frightening. This is one area where we do not want Google to succeed.
I will never, ever, use Google+. Google is a shitty, evil company.
Last edited by maxpro2; 07-24-2011 at 06:40 PM.
google is working on world domination and this is just another step. google is on some other shit ill pass on this