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The geek alit are abuzz with the NEXT! NEW! THING! It's called Google Plus (Google+), and my inbox is peppered with notifications that I've been added to so-and-so's Circle. Unfortunately, I'm already connected with many of these people on Facebook. More unfortunately, I've never heard of some of the people that have been adding …

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  1. Jim Preis
    Thumb Down

    You don't get it

    The discomfort with using fb has nothing to do with electrons.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Pint

    it's invite only

    so that's kind of like shooting themselves in the foot. still i wish them luck if only because it's an alternative to arsebook

  3. Jess

    What it needs is

    the ability to manage your facebook account.

    e.g your facebook would become another circle.

    (The same could be done for Myspace, twitter, etc.)

    1. Danny 5
      Alert

      ehr...

      they did the same thing with Gmail, now how much of a failure did that turn out to be?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      RE: it's invite only

      Invite only = exclusivity. Exclusivity = interest.

      It worked for Facebook and it's worked for Google in the past with Gmail.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Android perhaps

    I don't use Facebook or Google+ to any great extent although I am registered with both.

    Tight integration with my Android mobile is what eventually moved me over to Gmail as a mail consolidator and I guess that I'd be more likely to update my Google+ status than I would Facebook for similar reasons which would then make Google+ more useful to, e.g. my parents and those of my friends who hang on my every word.

    Once the tools are written to keep the two in sync in whichever way works best I guess I might start ignoring Facebook completely.

  5. Volker Hett

    I disagree

    I've got lot's of lots of requests for an invite in the last week and there are already most of my real life friends on g+.

    I think it'll work and there is enough space for a third one between twitter and Facebook.

  6. Alien Doctor 1.1

    "NEXT! NEW! THING!"

    Is Google+ really from Yahoo!?

  7. j2-core

    Start Over

    I have had my facebook account since it was exclusive to schools and have 600+ friends. Now I have a wife and a kid and want to post pics but not to all of my friends and I don't have time to select the individual friends I want to share with. Enter Google+. Most of my friends are flocking to Google+ for one reason, simplified privacy. Some of them have 2000+ friends and are in the same boat as me with family and privacy concerns.

    In my opinion kids/teens/tweens and the parents of 25-45 year old individuals with not see the advantages of Google+ and will stick to facebook. It will be the 25-45 y/o adults that will lead the charge for Google. Plus will allow us to start over with a tabula rasa with privacy and family in mind rather than partying and a friend count.

    And another BIG plus No Zynga Games!!!...yet

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    Sorry but...

    I am not convinced by this argument. I want to be able to network with 'friends & family', but I won't use Facebook in any circumstances. I purged my account a couple of years ago.

    Yes I'm technical - but so many of the aforesaid 'friends & family' have had to get support from me after getting some foul infection through Facebook that they are now scared to use it.

    I'm already setting up new links with them through g+

    This is doubly so since MS bought Skype. I'm a Linux user, but most of family are Mac and they don't want an MS Skype on their machines...

  9. louis dobson

    farcebook for paranoid

    Since the big players in this seem to have a mental age of 8, Android's Facebook widget is beyond dreadful. It is possibly the most buggy, broken, under-resourced piece of incompetent rubbish ever to have been wished on a user community. Nobody could spend ten minutes with it without feeling a desperate need to vindictively slaughter all involved.

    Twice.

    And again to make sure.

    Accordingly, Google plus has a huge untapped user base of furious and frustrated Android/Facebook users.

    I'm in.

    It might save my sanity.

  10. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    All a buzz

    People I've been talking to who are excited about Google+ are not the technological elite. There is a sense of quiet admiration of something that looks like it might be useful.

    You're right that people won't shift systems unless there is perceivable gain, though for SEO the advantage is pretty clear. Whether Google+ already has this in its platform or whether it will take the inevitable data breach at Facebook to scare people away or whether it will need something else to come along.

    However, having recently nailed your colours to the mast by suggesting Facebook's IPO should be around 10^12 USD, what else are you going to say on the matter?

  11. Justin Clements

    Google+ will become a Sausage Fest.

    Another reason Facebook is not going to fail anytime soon is games and women.

    Google has no games, and as such has no way to pull you back in, or get you to spend hours on the site in the first place.

    Us like minded men really don't give a stuff about some of these mindless repetitive games, Farmville for instance? (Is it Farmville, the one where you mindlessly tap away on a field growing stuff??)

    But the girls absolutely love these mindless pieces of crap they call games. They sit there like the devil possessed, double tapping to brew a coffee, and move chairs round virtual cafes etc. Or double tapping 5million squares to grow more crops, etc.

    So lets face it - the ladies are addicted to Facebook. So what hope for Google+? None. Because there won't be any women on it, and who wants a social network that resembles a sausage fest at the end of the day?

    1. Pete 2

      Just trust them

      > what hope for Google+? None. Because there won't be any women on it

      And how will you tell if a person you add to one of your circles is a woman - from what their profile says?

      Try that in real-life and one day you may get a surprise!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      It was the 20-somethings that made MySpace

      ....and then they made Facebook.

      After all the volatility we've seen in the Internet startup (.COM) world over the years (i.e. pretty much everything other than Amazon, Google, and eBay - any other Internet companies that actually make money?) I find it laughable that Matt could sit here and prognosticate about the unshakeability of Facebook and Twitter.

      I'm not saying Google+ is great or that it's going to be the next Facebook - hell if I know, I don't use any of this stuff - but just that I could see Facebook, or more easily Twitter, go the way of MySpace.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Meh

      Friends

      My *real* life friends are in my address book. You know, that paper thing with space for address, email and phone number. Works just fine, and no-one tries to advertise in it, or sell my friends' info. Facebook, Google+? Meh.

      1. DPWDC

        however

        My paper address book doesnt tell me that "Bob is up North for the weekend if anyone wants a pint".

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          re: however

          No. But your email can do that just as well.

          And guess what else, email providers won't lock you and your friends in.

      2. Volker Hett

        poor boy!

        My real life fans are in pubs, clubs, cafes, homes and not in a paper book.

        And I do comunicate with them and more means to comunicate are always welcome.

        1. chr0m4t1c

          @Wolker Hett

          Yeah, but you'd find your life sooooo much richer if you had some friends instead of just a bunch of fans.

          Maybe you need a hug.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        why are you here then

        After all you could just write your comments on a piece of paper and stick them to a tree.

        All the complaints about facebook etc are similar to the comments I used to get from non-techies" when I started using that geeky internet thing.

    4. Ragarath Silver badge

      They don't want?

      Sounds more like to me from your post that it is you telling them not to want it, not actually them deciding by themselves as most will.

      Your anti ms shows in your post. Yet you leap into bed with Google at the drop of a hat.

      1. Mike Row
        Thumb Up

        They don''t know hat they want, but htey do know they don't want Microsoft.

        I don't don't have to tell my friends and family to be wary of Microsoft.

        I simply have to answer their questions about alternatives.

        Avoiding Microsoft is half of the decision for going Mac/Apple for everyone I know that has bought a MAC recently.

        The fact that Apple knows how to make a computer "cool" doesn't hurt.

    5. AbortRetryFail
      Facepalm

      re: Start Over

      @ j2-core

      You said "Now I have a wife and a kid and want to post pics but not to all of my friends and I don't have time to select the individual friends I want to share with"

      Facebook already has something analogous to Circles - it's just not very obvious. You can create lists and add your friends to those lists.

      Then when you share something, the text field where you add the friends to share with also accepts lists as well as individual friends. So you can share to one or more lists rather than individual friends.

      1. j2-core

        Re

        No quite as easy as the drag and drop of Google+ and it's time consuming. Thanks for the suggestion though.

        1. Lars Petersson
          Facepalm

          It's only the first time it's a hassle...

          It's only time consuming the first time you set it up. Just like all other such things, including G+.

          I set up a bunch of lists in Facebook years ago and now when I friend someone new I add them to the appropriate list.

          Easy.

      2. Volker Hett

        Re: Start Over

        "Facebook already has something analogous to Circles - it's just not very obvious. You can create lists and add your friends to those lists."

        Yes, but you can't post to a list. And recently you can't even choose what you share with a list! I made my phone number available to my "close friends" list and guess what, now it's available to everybody!

        1. O RLY

          RE: Volker: Start Over

          Not to be rude, but you're doing it wrong then. FB has offered the ability to post to a list or exclude a list or exclude certain people for several years. The privacy settings also allows you to restrict access to your content/personal data by lists or individuals.

          That said, they sure don't make it intuitive or obvious and that provides a real opportunity for Google+.

          Kind regards

          1. T.a.f.T.
            Headmaster

            mix & match

            I think the point is that in Facebook you cannot combine lists that easily on the fly, yes it is only two or three clicks but on G+ at the moment it is drag and drop or an instant set of tick boxes. FB will probably get this soon too I am sure.

            Totally agree that the initial setting up of lists is the burden, FB use to encourage you to do this a bit when you Added a friend and the key thing G+ is going right now is to make it easy and necessaries to sort people in some way (not everyone is my Friend so they may as well be someone I follow, or family or college as all those are just as easy a state to set). I can see where this takes it key from Gmail and it is a feature I like, but I am just that kind of person (see pic)

          2. Volker Hett

            Please

            tell me where?

            The only ways I know is by setting up groups and inviting people who may not want that and then switch through the groups profiles to read and answer or by limiting your privacy settings which affect all posts.

            1. O RLY

              Re: Please: FB posting to specific friend lists

              Here is a video that walks you through Facebook posting to specific lists

              Unlike Google +, not obvious or intuitive, but it is there.

              http://ati-university.com/?page_id=485

              Hope that helps.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes

      us ladies just can't worry our silly little heads about all that technical stuff, we must all just stick to clicking on colourful leetle pickies.

      Justin is just mad because stone tablets don't do 4G.

      And his dinosaur is in danger of being methane-taxed!

      1. Justin Clements

        Explaining it to the thickies

        My point, that was written in jest, was that Google+ won't appeal to 'normal' people, and by normal I mean people who don't care about IT.

        These people play games, they share photos, they don't say dumb things on their status that would embarrass their mother, etc.

        These are the people that Google needs to persuade to move to +. But when + offers nothing extra, and in fact less than they get with Facebook (eg games) there is nothing to offer them.

        As for circles - it's simply a software feature. Facebook could implement this if they simply allowed status updates to different permission groups that you've already set up.

    7. karakalWitchOfTheWest
      Angel

      Hm... funny though...

      I just have 50% women in my circles on G+....

      Maybe you should hang out more in the real world with women....

    8. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      HUH????? are we using the same widget ?

      It works preety well for me. What are you looking to do with it ?

      1. Mr Ian

        @AC

        The latest version of Facebook for Android is extremely buggy and unreliable. It also now no forces the user to jump into Facebook's Mobile site, instead of using the Android app. If you look up Facebook for Android on the Android marketplace and read the latest user reviews you'll see that the latest update is utter shite. The previous version is sort of okay, and I use it occasionally, but the new version is garbage.

    9. Am

      Akchully

      >Google has no games

      And that is one of the main pulls for this woman and the others on there I know ;)

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    11. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Only an idiot taps mindlessly on all the fields.

      That's why you produce goods in your bakery/winery/perfumery to get fuel for your 4x4 combine - to plant quickly. Then you use your arborist to collect the trees, and the farm hand for the animals. Of course, if you've got George trained up, he can get 20 of the animals. That way you're free to take care of your orchards, pig pens, etc.

    12. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: All a buzz

      Assuming the moderatrix's replacement lets this through, I do have to wonder if Asay is a true believer or, more cynically, has some great motive for pimping the immutability and "undervaluation" of Facebook.

      I treat zealotry with wary scepticism, and the last few opinion pieces on Facebook from Mr Asay have certainly lowered his esteem in my view.

    13. T.a.f.T.
      Happy

      TweetDeck

      I use twitter a lot more once I realised that TweetDeck would not only Tweet but also Buzz and Facebook for me... so as Buzz is already rolled into Google+ (I think) I can keep all 3 in Sync with the existing Apps for Android/Chrome et. al.

      I wholly agree that my output at the least should be from one post and if at all possible the replies should be aggregated. I don't use TweetDeck instead of any of the services it has worked more as a feeder causing me to use all three a lot more and I think that should be the goal.

  12. MrT

    Different feel to Google+...

    ... it feels more like Twitter than FB. I'll keep family stuff on FB because, oddly, it's easier to stay private than on Google+. Say what you like about FB security, at least it's all in one (sprawling, many tentacled) place - Google has options everywhere, for different things, and they all feed into one another (iGoogle, Google Accounts, Android, Google+, Docs, etc) - I'm still trying to work out why the +App declares my recovery email instead of the chosen primary one, but it's no doubt something they'll work out soon, before general release. The Android App is pretty slick, more responsive than the Android FB app (but not the iPhone FB app).

    I'll probably switch more business stuff to Google+ because it seems more oriented to getting things done, making networks and use of the 'Huddle' to set up collaborative stuff with Docs.

    Just so long as they keep Zynga away...

  13. Tom Maddox Silver badge
    Devil

    Well, that's a relief

    Since Matt Asay is wrong about virtually everything, I think we can predict a roaring success for G+. I actually know quite a lot of mainstream individuals who are at least giving G+ a try. If Google can figure out a way to migrate pics and whatnot from Facebook, it's a slam dunk.

  14. R 11

    Facebook hack is no Google+

    Several of my friends have started posting only on Google+. I suspect more will follow. Google just needs to keep the momentum and FB could turn into MySprpace in a very short period of time.

    I wasn't too bothered by Facebook and the privacy issues. Then I discover that FB have banned apps written to export your friends contact details. Info your friends have chosen to share with you, FB are now actively trying to prevent you using. That was the nail in the coffin for me - I'm migrating.

  15. Andrew Moore
    Facepalm

    Isn't this the same guy who reckons FB is worth 1 trillion dollars?

    and yes, we've seen this movie before although last time it was MySpace and Facebook (not Project Diaspora).

  16. Pete 2

    Would suit me just fine

    > it's not clear that a critical mass of people outside the tech world ...

    A techie version of facebook. Hmmm?

    The thing is, it doesn't have to be one or the other - though I can't see much overlap between the predominantly child-populated FB (and their stalkers, ref: an earlier story) and a more technologically literate G+ that offers a similar platform, but delivering a different product. Hell, you could probably make a compelling argument for an "adult" version of FB ... in fact that one may even make money.

    So while G+ may not eat FBs lunch - or it may wither and die altogether, it provides an alternative. And one that doesn't come with the FB associations and baggage.

  17. poohbear

    La differance.

    The difference is that Google has a proper scalable backend, which FaceBook does not. And looking at how they've set it up, it's as if they sat around the table and said, "what's good and bad about Facebook and Twitter?" and then copied the good stuff, fixed the bad stuff, and threw in some brand new ideas.

    Frankly, I would be surprised if it does NOT take over.

  18. Nate Amsden

    hope it takes off

    I for one, hope Google+ takes off, if nothing else to pull some of the rug out from underneath facebook. I wouldn't be caught dead using either service myself.

    It is unfortunate that Linux on the desktop hasn't taken off, myself having used Linux as my primary desktop since about 1997 it has been fun to watch it evolve over the years.

    I think the reason why Linux hasn't taken off is much less to do with Microsoft and much more to do with Apple. It is pretty sad to see so many folks that claim devotion to open source carrying around a OS X laptop. Myself I am not devoted to open source, but still like and prefer Linux on my own systems wherever possible. When I did use Windows for work I heavily modified it (replacing the shell and other tools) so it looked and acted more like linux (so much so that the IT guy didn't know how to open the control panel) but had the benefit of windows apps on it. Unfortunately most of those tools haven't been maintained in many years and probably wouldn't work so well on versions beyond XP (haven't had the need to try).

    I've had my younger sister on Linux for about 5-6 years now. First with SuSE, then Ubuntu. One time when she was still on SuSE I started poking around her computer to find she had installed the WINDOWS version of Yahoo! messenger on her Linux system, and it worked! She didn't even ask or tell me she was doing it, I was shocked it just worked.

    She has been using a Toshiba laptop with Ubuntu on it for many years now with no real issues(I have been expecting the HD to die for a long time it is a really old laptop). She told me recently she needed a windows system to do some school work she just started at a new school. So I sent her another laptop, same type as her Ubuntu with XP on it (took forever to find all the drivers - and windows 7 wouldn't work the hardware was too old of all things!). The thing was bricked within 2 weeks, it stopped booting after she installed some software in the advice of her teacher. Still don't know what is wrong, seems too strange to have the hardware fail immediately(and I mean immediately within minutes) of installing software. She's more sold on linux than ever.

    I do not, and have never really pushed linux on the desktop, always been holding out hope..

    I tried OS X for a few weeks last year against my better judgment and as I expected I found it unusable for myself. I could probably make it work for me if I decided to commit to the platform and learn the new way of doing things for 6 months, but what I had already worked so I got another system and put Ubuntu on it. And as for Linux, I wouldn't be using Gnome if I didn't have the 'brightside' program for edge flipping - I'd be using KDE or something else otherwise (I used Afterstep for the longest time and that had awesome virtual desktop management).

    I was going to comment on the Netflix blog yesterday about their price hike, wrote my comment in, hit the "Comment" button, and was greeted with a "Login to facebook to comment!" page, so, naturally I closed the browser window.

    I'm connected to my friends on LinkedIn, that's all I really need. I don't twitter, I don't facebook.

    Having worked for 2 social media companies that both desperately wanted to be facebook over the past few years has probably jaded me even more against the whole thing (both of them failed obviously like most of the others).

    I do hope WebOS succeeds though, I have been using it for a couple of years, and do have a HP Touchpad (won't go near Android or iOS so I have nothing to compare it with) and it works well for me. I don't expect it to take over the world, but if it can maintain say 10% market share over the long term in a market the size of mobile phones and portable computing devices that should be good enough for HP to continue supporting it.

  19. BatCat
    FAIL

    Main issue for me...

    ... is that it doesn't work with my Google Apps account, even though they're supposed to have merged the platform.

    By the time it's available to me, it will have died through lack of interest.

    Truth is, first to market wins, not necessarily the best.

    Unlucky.

    1. Ben 42

      Re: Truth is, first to market wins, not necessarily the best.

      MySpace says hi.

      1. Magnus Ramage

        MySpace

        Or rather, MySpace says ***HIIIIIII!!!!**** (with a soundtrack of the latest X-factor winner)

        1. Dr Andrew A. Adams
          Facepalm

          Friendster and Liverjournal tap MySpace on the back

          and point out that MySpace was a Johnny-come-lately itself.

    2. Hawknic
      WTF?

      First one wins?

      "Truth is, first to market wins, not necessarily the best."

      Yeah, because facebook was the first social site. Hmmm. Google was also the first search engine as well. And Microsoft were the first folks to build an OS.

      Cack.

  20. Mage Silver badge
    Coat

    I have a better idea.

    Why bother at all with Facebook, Twitter etc never mind the alternatives.

  21. McBeese

    Google+ Solves a real problem for me

    Google+ solves a real problem that I have with Facebook. I'm an individual, a parent, a spouse, a boss, a client, a friend, etc., etc.. Each of these life roles is a different context and I don't want them all to overlap 100%. With Facebook, I can't easily manage this issue so it's broken for me. I don't post a lot of the things I'd like to because I don't want to share each post with everyone.

    So Google+ solves a very real problem for me and many like me. That's who cares.

    Can Facebook fix my problem? Maybe. Will they? Who knows, they haven't done anything about it so far. The start of a migration to Google+ may be just the kick-in-the-pants that Facebook needs for motivation.

    1. Mike Powers

      Why aren't you using email?

      "I'm an individual, a parent, a spouse, a boss, a client, a friend..."

      So, what, you can't email any of these people? You've already *got* a narrowcasting channelized targeted communications application. It's what you get when you double-click that little envelope icon.

      I don't eat soup with a fork, so why would I use Social Media to handle business communications?

      1. Volker Hett

        E-Mail is different

        Have you ever tried to have a discussion with more than two participants via e-Mail?

        1. Pizza

          Re: E-Mail is different

          "Have you ever tried to have a discussion with more than two participants via e-Mail?"

          Yes, daily and successfully, thank you very much.

        2. Tom 13

          Yes, when running a geographically diverse non-profit.

          It worked well until we got a bunch of under 30s people who implemented a blog and irrevocably split apart the communications methodology. They didn't see the point of having something that actually downloaded things so you can read them offline. I couldn't arrange to be constantly online to read their messages. Also, their messages got dispersed in so many places I could never manage to check them all.

        3. Volker Hett

          hm, still unsure

          @Tom and Pizza.

          We used to use Lotus Notes until new management decided to switcht to Exchange. Then they realized what we did with Notes but couldn't with Exchange, lots of contractors designing forms and stuff and now with sharepoint we're close to what we had in the late 90s.

          We in IT set up a wiki and mailing lists for our needs shortly after we were condemned to Mail only.

    2. Lars Petersson
      Paris Hilton

      So why not just ise groups/circles then?

      Facebook has had security groups available for years. Why not just use those?

      To me this appears to be user error...

      1. Volker Hett

        doesn't work

        first, you can't post a topic to one group and another to the second group.

        Then Facebook changes it's privacy setup without notice.

        I have my phone number visible to my "close friends" group only, or so I thought. Recently FB changed it an my phone number is visible to anybody.

  22. Adam T
    Pint

    Social networks

    Getting very bored of social networks. The originals always remain the best.

    Pubs, where the only thing people try to sell you is beer, and you know who your -real- friends are, because they're out there with you, not spamming you with mindless games and pokes and thoughts-of-the-day.

    1. Juillen 1

      Generally agreed..

      But, I work at the end of a commute, and I live in another country to a large set of my friends I've had for years.. Not so easy to drop round to someone several thousand miles away..

      There's a place for social network sites, same as there always has been; they're a tool.. Use them as you need to.

  23. scarshapedstar
    Thumb Up

    It gets photos right

    The automatic uploader is brilliant. Why would I bother manually uploading everything to Facebook now, especially since they shrink them so much? And the feature that lets you retouch photos in the web interface is actually superb; try hitting Cross Process and then click I'm Feeling Lucky a few times.

    1. Lars Petersson
      Paris Hilton

      Sigh...

      Why is it that so many people complain about features missing from Facebook when they are actually there?

      You can upload groups of pictures and specify that you want the hi-res versions to be uploaded and available.

      Please, please please RTFM...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Witty Title Here

        If a large number of users cannot figure out how to do something then that points to a crappy user interface.

        Same with this lists thing. It seems Facebook lists are the same as c+ circles but their UI is so bad most people dont even KNOW about the feature let alone setting it up.

        User Interfaces - they matter...and in this case may be the decider

      2. scarshapedstar

        Not the issue

        I hoped this would be clear from the context of my post but, in retrospect, it wasn't: I'm talking about the Android app.

        The G+ Android app will automatically upload every picture you take with any camera app to a private album, sorted by date, which you can reorganize then share at your leisure. Facebook does not do this. RTFM yourself, buddy.

        I know that Facebook has some nicer features if I plug in my phone via USB and upload pictures the old-fashioned way, but... why should I do this? Upload 'em all and sort 'em later. Can't be beat.

        Also, Facebook's hi-res downloadable pictures are still resized, but I'll admit it's unfair to ask them to store the 20 meg photos that my phone sometimes produces if I max out every setting for teh lulz.

  24. Dibbles

    One minor point...

    "The iPod wasn't a revolutionary device"

    It actually was; itunes didn't come along until quite some time later, particularly for PC users. It was the device itself that was amazing, as it combined the function of a Creative Jukebox in a box the size of a pack of cigarettes. Revolutionary, and way better than anything available at the time from Archos etc.

    1. Stoneshop Silver badge

      s/better/slicker/

      There, fixed it for you.

      (where's the damn icon for that? Do I have to fix that too?)

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Title

    They way I see it, Facebook doesn't know why they suddenly got popular, nor did myspace, hence, loads of people left and it's dead now. I think Google+ could easily take off just because its different. People will get bored of Facebook and move onto something different.

  26. Mikel
    Thumb Up

    This will do fine

    And hey- the android tablet I'm typing this on is Linux based. Half a million units a day is NOT a rounding error.

    Anyway I like the circles idea.

  27. madmarx
    Holmes

    It's not about mass, its about early adopters and followers

    Things like Facebook or Twitter or the iPhone get started thanks to early adopters, and succeed thanks to the envy of followers.

    It is all about being in and fashionable.

    If Google+ is adopted by geeks and other such fashion icons ;) , then it will become a success.

    So many people around me bought an iPhone because they found it "great" before having any idea of what that "greatness" was - not much really IMHO.

    Now, Google is beating Apple with Android in spite of coming last to the game.

    They got the attention and the hype.

    Also, let's not forget that Google has a much better ecosystem around Google+, with GMail, Apps, Android, etc.

    Mmmmh, promise of another era of company lock-in.

  28. petur
    WTF?

    @madmarx

    "Mmmmh, promise of another era of company lock-in."

    except Google offers you multiple ways to get all your data off there.... If lock-in means you're stuck with them because nothing else is offering anything that comes close, you might have a point...

  29. multipharious

    Is this product served at the Korova Milk Bar

    Google+

    One of the problems with this nomenclature is that it looks stupid with punctuation marks after the name:

    Are you using Google+?

    I love Google+!

    I just sent you an invitation to Google+.

    So now I have to watch out for prepositions and Google+. Cripes.

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Spoken

      like a true Java user.

  30. Relgoshan
    WTF?

    wut

    Plus is like WoW. Google merely invented a system for more effectively sucking at life. Also, they stole that +1; it's meant for seconding requests!

  31. Greg Fawcett
    Mushroom

    Google+ will explode when they open to under 18s

    My two sons lied about their age to sign up. Since then they've spent literally hours using Hangout to video chat with their mates. This is the killer app - Facebook's hurriedly bolted on skype client only does two-party video chat, and doesn't cut it.

    I think that Hangouts plus all the other facebook fuctionality done right will get Google significant market share.

    Explosion because that's what'll happen to our bandwidth when everyone's kids are hangouts 24/7.

  32. zen1
    IT Angle

    I for one...

    really don't care. Google & FB can all go to hell as far as I'm concerned. It's like taking wikipedia seriously.

  33. json
    Alien

    G+ Totally Rocks, but FB is not the real target..

    .. its Apple. Here's why: with the success of iphone and ipad and the seamless integration with the apps, Google sees the exclusive ecosystem of i-everything as a real threat to their business. Android was the answer to the mobility threat and more importantly as a platform for google apps (existing and new ones). I've seen G+ on my iphone and it dawned on me.. if Apple approves Google's G+ app application (it's not only circles there mind you) in its apps store then nothing will prevent Google from going in from the backdoor and running other google apps in that G+ app, it'll be like Android within iphone. A modern Trojan Horse so to speak. I dont think Steve will like this at all.

  34. Adrian Esdaile
    Facepalm

    oh FFS....

    Google+ didn't significantly erode FBs userbase after, what, one week; therefore it is a total F41LUREZ!!!111!!!eleventy!!!111!!

    Personally I prefer it to FB, I'm not getting 20 invitations to stupid flash games every hour, and it seems to be entirely ad-free (although that might be Adblock doing a good job)

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Trollface

    I'm waiting for Freind-O-Matic 1.0

    I can't use FB or G+

    I don't have any friends...

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    reverse tipster

    I'm coming to the conclusion that everything this esteemed author says will happen is the exact opposite of what will actually happen so, contrary to my initial impression, he's actually quite useful - but not in the way he imagines.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    tl;dr

    well actually I did wade through it and it boils down to

    FB is the dominant incumbent, G+ is the newcomer, fail, fail, fail.

    This is a common pattern but in this specific case, Google is being seriously under estimated. We'll see.

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    Oh...

    ..so that's what Google+ is....Meh

  39. Piro
    Pint

    Not for me really

    Since I avoided Facebook up to now, and I'm not too sure why I should make extensive use of this, but still, I wish them luck in taking all of Facebook's users, if only to wipe that smug grin off Mark Zuckerberg's face.

  40. KroSha

    +1?

    Where's the +1 button?

  41. Tony Barnes
    Thumb Up

    Personally rate G+ very highly

    I think G+ is what Buzz should have been - that died a death for me after less than 2 hrs of bothering with it. G+ with its tight android integration is a complete win for me, and I'm looking forward to it taking a large slice of FB pie.

    Facebook has been great to me, but I can't be arsed with it these days - bloated, slow, and full of crap I'm not interested in... no thanks!

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Social networks, social really?

    I have the feeling that people are getting disappointed with the concept, myself included. People don't really interact, unless they use the chat function. And once in a while you want to met new people. The way these social things work is flawed. You send an invitation and that's it? I've been testing Omegle in the last days, and despite the teens, the horny dudes and bots, you will end with a good conversation after a few tries. It takes you to the good old days of the internet, simple anonymous text chats (you have the video option but that is for the people that like to live on the edge :-) ). People has a need of interaction, and that you do by *talking*, not posting...

  43. WhoIsThis?
    Thumb Down

    The power of a large company

    Matt Asay is caught by his own argument. He can't see the fact that most of the startups he talks about ("Project Diaspora", "Identica") are things that a lot of techies have never heard of, let alone normal.

    If you've never heard of it, how can you sign up to it?

    Google+ has the advantage it is by Google, you know that firm that everyone knows about and most people use at least some of it's products. They will integrate and advertise this with their other products and people will sign up out of curiosity.

    Also many people are connected to multiple networks: Facebook, linkedin, twitter etc.

    Of course this may not be enough to make Google+ the hit that it could be.

  44. dz-015

    I can't see the point either

    Personally I hope Google+ just goes away again, as I can well do without yet another site to have to keep up to date. The only thing Google+ has going for it (as far as I can make out from the comments; creepy Google refused to let me join in without giving them my mobile number, which I'm certainly not going to do, so I haven't been able to try it myself) is the ability to put contacts in groups more easily. Well I'm sure it won't be long because Facebook has improved its groups feature to make it similarly easy to use.

    1. revdjenk
      Thumb Down

      wha???

      I didn't have to give a mobile # to begin with Google+ ?

  45. MattWPBS
    Happy

    Will people use it...?

    Here's what you're missing (as far as I can see where it's going), these are the URLs for Google+:

    www.google.com

    www.gmail.com

    www.youtube.com

    www.blogger.com

    www.picasa.com

    www.google.com/calendar

    www.google.com/ig

    maps.google.com

    news.google.com

    docs.google.com

    etc

    etc

    It really seems as if this isn't an attempt to launch a new Google product, it's Google linking everything it does together.

  46. wag
    Mushroom

    It's not just the features

    Yes the features of Google+ are all, individually, better than their Facebook counterparts. But there's more to it than that. Google's famous argument with Facebook over the ownership of data should mean that, once Google+ is properly up and running, it should integrate with my Gmail contacts. Properly. So if a friend of mine changes his mobile phone number, BAM, it's updated in my contacts.

    Facebook insist that, although my friends have all made conscious decisions to share their phone numbers, email addresses etc. with me on Facebook, I'm not allowed to download that information. Google have long been arguing for portability, and Facebook have long refused. So features aside, Google+ is a winner simply because when you share information on it, you really do share information on it, and when you want to keep things limited to a certain group, you can do so easily. That's not just a matter of a feature that's missing from Facebook, it's a whole philosophical difference, and it's why I for one am looking forward to leaving Facebook behind.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Megaphone

    Rant Start G+ > Facebook?

    Been using G+ for a few days now and rather impressed with it. I enjoy looking through others public posts and feel that it's more about the content rather than who you want to spy on.

    I feel like people are talking sense, about sensible subjects, such as discussion on the recent phone hacking scandal or e-zone eco climates affecting non e-zone countries. Frankly i don't find it interesting that someones mother is watching dating in the dark while they are playing cityville or whatever on facebook. Nor do I care about seeing pictures of someones uncles brother's little cousin and their 4th birthday party :/

    G+ is about integration, content and social circles based around similar interests. This is what I love.

    Facebook is just another bubble, soon to burst, their userbase will peak in the next 6 months and begin to flail. Unfortunately I'd rather not have man + dog join up to G+, I don't want to see imbasile comments, leave it to the teenieboppers. - Zuckerberg should get out while he can, he isn't that dumb.

    FORTUNATELY G+ make's it easy for me to pick and choose what I want to see, so it doesn't really matter anyway :)

    J >

    loudspeaker for rant.

  48. Andy Fletcher

    Surprised....

    ...how many pro Facebook comments there are in here. Whenever I hear:

    "I've got 1000 friends on Facebook" I can never resist saying "Impressive! What are their names?".

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    /meh!

    I'd wager that if g+ is better at the moment, it's because not everyone is on it.

    When it goes public (or maybe is forced on the public - or was that only it's little brother?), if people sign up, then the "horrible" things from facebook, will be moving too.

    I don't really get what the big problem is for people with those games on facebook. When you see an update, just click the little "x" and block the app.

    Since there are only a few games popular at a time, the updates will all go away. -problem done!

    FB will soon introduce something similar to those circles, simply because they have to. If g+ doesn't manage to get public soon enough, then people will just be like "I get that on FB already"

    I just don't see g+ as something I would want.

    In the interest of fairness I should mention that I've decided to be extra paranoid with google, than with all other companies that I know what to exploit my information. I base the added paranoia on the fact that they claim to do no evil, which just cannot be true.

  50. Michael Kean
    Happy

    No more 'notifications pending' emails?

    For me, it looks like one of the great features on Google Plus is that you can add people to a group (circle) even though you know they're not going to get a Google plus account.

    When you create a post it has a checkbox to send a copy of the post to those who are not a G+ member - which means you can still communicate effortlessly with them. They receive a copy of the post complete with media.

    This is so much better than those annoying "You have notifications pending" emails that Facebook uses because they want to force you into their world...

  51. Zephyrus Spacebat
    Facepalm

    what

    "But the Linux desktop is still a rounding error in terms of market share."

    3 to 10% (depending on the stats you read) is a rounding error? What kind of terrible math libraries are /you/ using?

  52. kosh

    it's true

    There's no chance that G+ could replace Facebook. That would be like Facebook replacing Myspace, or Orkut.

    Unthinkable. Could never happen.

  53. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Looking forward to trying it out...

    I took a look at Google+ and was instantly reminded of what facebook used to be, back when I liked using it.

    Don't underestimate the general public. I think many would love to start fresh, and they're sick of a lot of the negative aspects of Facebook too. Facebook has gone unchallenged for so long that it gets away with doing some things people don't like.

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