Google Plus is Google’s very own social networking site. A few months back, people were able to invite you into the closed beta. Now, times have changed, and you’re able to join for yourself.
My biggest concern with Google’s new social networking website is the effect it will have on Facebook. The Facebook Corporation is worried, disallowing friend export into Google Plus. Without a doubt, Facebook will lose some money due to people leaving Facebook, but I have no clue how much. Facebook is currently the 2nd most popular website on the internet, with Google being the first.
If Google Plus becomes very popular, Facebook profits will go down. What will happen then? Will the developers fill the website with more annoying ads, similar to what happened to Myspace? Will it ultimately cause the downfall of Facebook? I don’t think so.
Facebook already has an extremely large user base. People from ages 8 to 80 are using Facebook, and I guarantee a lot of the people you know are on it. So, what’s the need for people to switch to Google Plus? People already have a website that satisfies all of their needs, they are able to easily find their friends, chat with them, vent their frustrations, and follow up on certain pages or events.
As of now, there aren’t even many people on Google Plus. If a tree falls in the forrest, and nobody is there, does it make a sound? In other words, if you’re looking to post a status update for people to read, and there’s nobody there to read it, is there a point to it?
“We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far, we’re ready to move from field trial to beta” and do away with invitation-only signups” says Google’s social head, Vic Gundotra. It’s interesting to see what will come for Google Plus in the near future.