4 hopes for Google+

I am really enjoying Google+ …. much more than I thought I would. I’m not sure if it is the excitement of starting fresh or that the setup process has been very easy? With any new system there are things you hope for, things you hope the designers get right or quickly update to make the whole experience more enjoyable.

My hopes are:

  • That the Google+  iPhone and iPad apps will be really good ( and not held up by Apple in the approval process,) The Google+ community will be limited if this becomes an Android platform only show.
  • That someone writes an API letting me connect with my current Facebook “friends” on Google+.
  • That someone creates tool to copy my photos from Facebook into Google+.
  • That Google doesn’t loose interest in this like some other abandoned projects ( something tells me this will not be the case; I think Google is “betting the farm” on this project …hoping to increase the user’s time spent in the “Googleland” filter bubble)
In any case Google+ has been very fun! The early reports are that Google could be up to 5 million users in the first 2 weeks. That is not a bad start given that few “online ecosystems” grow that quickly with so few launch problems.

 

What has your experience been? Please share you thoughts and hopes!

 

-Bill

3 Comments

  • Bryan Fischer |

    Bill, I agree that the setup has been a joy because of its ease. Google made it so easy to get started that you hardly notice the lack of content until you’ve invested some time in polishing your profile. Now that more and more people are popping on, I find myself engaging people I don’t engage as often even on Facebook. There’s something to the circles that makes you want to invest a little more thought/time into what you want to say to individual groups.

    I installed the Google+twitter extension and now I can use my Twitter account in +, which is nice, but not fully functional as of yet. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. The ideas you suggested are exactly what people need to make any kind of transition from Facebook to Google+.

    Something that bothers me though is actually good and bad for Google+. Making this network an individuals’ network (as opposed to businesses, through pages, etc.) is very nice for the individual (especially with the privacy settings and content control). Many people will switch for that reason alone. But does Google plan on allowing businesses into the fold eventually or will they keep it the way it is? From what I’ve heard they want to keep businesses out. Again, this is good for the individual and bad for businesses trying to build up a social networking aim.

  • John Sizemore |

    It’s nice, no doubt, but it has a long way to go to catch FB. The features are there, and they’ve obviously put a lot of thought into privacy, but I like the fact that about 90% of the people I’ve ever known are on FB.

    My biggest hope is that the two sites will eventually be seamlessly integrated via plugins and whatnot, so that it won’t really matter which site I’m actually “on” anymore. Either that, or FB triumphs after copying the best new features of Google+.

    Otherwise, fragmenting the community will not be a good thing; FB is not going to rapidly fade away like MySpace did.