How Are You Liking Google+?

Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook. The service is in closed beta right now. The only way to try it is by an invite. Getting an invite is simple enough: just get a current Google+ user to invite you.

I’ve been playing with Google+ since it went live and so far, I’m liking what I see. The service is a like a very clean version of Facebook. I don’t know about you but I think Facebook has been getting more and more clutter with each redesign. Google+ is extremely refreshing with its minimalist layout. Sometimes, less really is more.

If you’re a Google+ users, I like to hear how what you think of the new social network? Do you think it has a shot against of Facebook or will it head the way of MySpace?


87 thoughts on “How Are You Liking Google+?”

    1. Screw Google! It’s a copy and they already have enough data on me. I don’t want to give them more. They are evil!

      1. Lollzz … You are sounding like kid.

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        I’m a little concerned about privacy with Google, but more concerned about being able to separate business from personal profiles. This is difficult with Google since you have to log out of your entire Google account if you want to do switch.

        1. There is one more simple option …

          Open two browser … Firefox and Chrome and use both ID simultaneously 🙂

    2. PPC Ian says:

      D3so, once you get the invite, can you invite me? 🙂

  1. sohail says:

    I have been using Google + since this morning and loving it already. As you said, very clean and simple design and great controls with circles. You can share stuff with your chosen circles (friends, family etc) or with all circles and other stuff is great. The best thing google did is to reduce Noise from Signal which i think is great.

    1. Graham Lutz says:

      Can I get an invite, sohall?

    2. Sooner we will service of Google +1 as well in various forums like of facebook.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Probably. But Google is better at defeating those kinds of things than facebook. Facebook can’t even seem to stop (or doesn’t care to stop) the constant stream of datamining scam/hoax viral links.

        1. In the initial stage … Google will also not stooping it.

          Because they want to get more and more clicks on +1 so that it can scream as successful … but yes later on they can protect it.

          Remember firefox referral program through Google adsense.

    3. Louie Sison says:

      Sohail,

      if john doesn’t invite me, can I request an invite from you?

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        I wonder if anyone here actually got an invite. 🙂

  2. Emmet Gibney says:

    Ya I’d really love an invite as well 🙂

  3. Graham Lutz says:

    I am starting to think this google plus thing is going to be huge. From the little bit I’ve seen, It looks like just the thing to take on facebook.

    1. Google should have come up with something different. Having almost same kind of concept is ….

      But I think this one is only effective when you are sign in …. And how many of us search after login or have gmail accounts.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        You could argue that facebook just took the same concept that myspace did, and made it more adult-friendly. (i.e. no wildly customized and barely readable pages)

        Some of the greatest successes in business are taking somebody else’s existing plan and doing it bigger and/or better. Like Windows.

        1. Lets see … How Google is going to make it more bigger and effective.

          Yes they have the power of search engine.

  4. Are people getting a bit bored of Facebook now – could this take over? I too would like an invite if anyone would be so kind.

    1. Bore from facebook … Very less chances.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Facebook is indeed continuing to grow ridiculously fast. I suspect both can be simultaneously successful.

        Competition in any marketplace is better for the consumer (you and me). Just think of CPUs… AMD’s occasional challenges keep Intel producing faster and faster chips at much lower prices than when Intel was the only game in town.

  5. Wasim Ismail says:

    Google + seems like facebook when it first started, to relay make Facebook Sweat they still have a lot of work to do, but the potential is there.

    1. Google copied facebook like concept … Now we would love to see facebook search engine … Lolzzz

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Yeah! That would be awesome, a FB search engine!

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          Ugh. It would give all your personal details to every link you clicked on. Just like facebook does now!

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        I must agree with the last part of your comment. “Lolzzz”. 🙂

        One problem is facebook’s name is specific to their product, where Google is a made-up word that can be applied to anything.

        1. Who cares about the names and all if they will provide quality service.

  6. Kevin Kimes says:

    Both options are far less than ideal, yet somehow I doubt I’ll stop using facebook and will also end up using Google’s thing.

    Facebook has serious issues with giving away personal details and not shoring up the myriad scam-viral-links that trick people into installing nefarious facebook apps.

    Google’s problem is that I can’t easily have separate online identities for business and personal use. I have a personal Youtube account which I’ve intentionally not associated with my primary Google account. The problem is now Google’s sign-ins are universal, so if I open Youtube in the same browser session as Gmail, I have to sign out of Gmail in order to sign in to Youtube.

    I don’t want to mix up my +1s between personal and business identities, either. And I’m sure this trend will continue where it’s nigh-impossible to maintain separation with Google Plus.

    1. You raised very important point Kevin.

    2. It’s an excellent point about Google’s service. I’m constantly logging in and out as I switch from service to service from Google, and it’s a real pain in the rear. From gmail to analytics to docs, I sometimes won’t notice that the gmail login has switched to another account when I login with a different account in analytics.

      1. Use 2 browser my friend … and you can easily use 2 Ids …

        Its as simple as that …

  7. Very interesting comment. You were right that less is more,,,
    It seems that FB is getting too busy..

  8. Michael Kwan says:

    I think it’s going to take some time before we can really render a verdict. Remember Wave and Buzz? Yeah, exactly.

    1. Yeah do not remind us that … I think those two are grand failure

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Failure breeds success.

        “I’ve failed over, and over, and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.”
        -Michael Jordan

        1. Well … I am not saying success is bad or failure is bad …

          I am saying their 2 products were fail …

    2. Moulinneuf says:

      If you do not try you cannot win , if you do not fail you cannot learn …

    3. Google’s motto is probably something like “It’s not over…. until I win”. So they’ll just keep coming up with ideas until one of them pays off.

    4. Abhik says:

      Also count Orkut in Google’s failure list..

  9. dg says:

    Google+ looks OK, but it cost $585M to build:

    – $125M = 500 employees x $250K/yr total compensation
    – $123M = tech + people acquired from On2
    – $158M = tech + people acquired from Widevine
    – $179M = tech + people acquired from Slide

    They’ll need to sell a lot of ads to profit from it.

    1. From where you got such information in details ?

    2. Moulinneuf says:

      I am gonna disagree here.

      – ON2 as to do with codecs and are used by Youtube …
      – Widevine is for cross platform media making and app making , probably ties into android.
      – slide as to do with images , probably a slider for it’s image search and image galery in android and probably ties into there other site like orkut and blogger.

      Beside facebook as a 100+ billion valuation so 585 million to get into a 100 billion + market is not unheard of …

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        If I could +1 your comment, I would.

        +1.

    3. Abhik says:

      Yeah!! Where did you get those stats?

  10. Abhik says:

    John, man I get an Invite too?
    [email protected]

  11. ricardo says:

    looks like facebook done right …at least they take their time now not like buzz and wave

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Exactly. And Google tends to keep things simple, so unlike facebook it will stay clean and smooth.

  12. d3so says:

    Man, first post and I still haven’t gotten an invite. No one cares 🙁

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      I feel for ya, man.

  13. Dino Vedo says:

    Wow so they completely copied facebook or what? Looks sooo similar to me, like sure not the same graphics etc, but the same layout.. wow.. :/

  14. JaviEN says:

    Hi All!

    I’ve been trying Google+ as well and I’m not sure about what I think about it. I explain myself. I agree with all of you about the clean interface it has. It makes it nicer than Facebook when you are navigating. A part from the Interface (it is not enough to fight against a 700 million website) the main difference are the groups you can set to difference between your friends, bussiness contact, etc… I don’t like so much that. I have different facebook accounts. One for my bussiness and another one for my personal relations. I don’t like mixing both roles.
    With Google+ it could be solved because I can differenciate between both of them, BUT, for example the description I write about myself would be the same in both roles. There should be a way to write different data in your profile to differenciate tottaly between both roles (or groups).

    This is what I’ve seen so far, maybe this is not a problem it is just that I don’t know how to do it. Did you notice that? do you know a way to solve this particular “issue” I’ve found?

    I’ll keep on playing with it!

    Regards!

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      As a beta user I would hope they’ve given you an avenue of providing this kind of feedback. Let them know that we want easy-to-separate business and personal identities with Plus and all other Google services.

      1. JavEN says:

        Yes, you are right! I’ll try to contact them about that. Thanks!

  15. Hmmmm…. wasn’t the same comparisons made about Facebook versus MySpace a few years years ago? And then Facebook just added stuff over time. Wouldn’t Google+ suffer the same fate in a few years when another new social networking site comes along? While it may be new and clean now, so was Facebook when it first started. I think it’s just history repeating itself.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Google tends to stay simplified and streamlined though, they’ve got a long history with Search, GMail, etc., which are still clean and efficient.

  16. google + is really nice love to reward it

  17. sounds cool enough. I am regular user of facebook and as John is saying that Google+ us just like the refined form of FB. Let me explore it. It should be good product as it comes from the house of Google.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That is true, Google typically puts out amazing products. Can’t wait to try this one!

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Especially in the “works properly all the time” aspect, and doesn’t eat a ton of CPU when left running in the background. Facebook does poorly in these categories.

  18. Thank’s for the information.

  19. oh! I will try this too.

  20. New Staff for me and I’ll try this.

  21. Joe Tech says:

    I’m just waiting to see how they’ll integrate applications. There is an enormous market just waiting to be tapped there.

  22. Google people always go for diversified strategies with particular focus on innovation blended with creativity.

  23. fas says:

    You know what Google has forgotten Orkut, completely!

  24. Affiliate says:

    I think Google needs more than a nice design to get ahead of Facebook

  25. I agree with facebook getting more cluttered. Seems like it is getting harder to navigate. We all know google has the funds to compete, facebook will need to watch out.

  26. I use Google and Google taught me some important lessons. Google features are also very useful like Gmail, search engines, webmaster tools, ad sense, ad words etc.

  27. I like Google too much and really Google touched my heart.

  28. yes. Google is becoming popular by virtue of their diversified services and products offerings.

  29. haven’t got the invite yet…can anybody give me one plz…i will be highly obliged….

  30. Google + has more to offer than Facebook, but that Google may be too late there. I wonder, to bring a character in its brand is not very smart. It just gets awkward to write, and it does not work in URLs.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      This marketplace is an infant, a newborn child. Social networking is itself still a brand new concept. It’s going to be around for pretty much as long as this world lasts. So no, they’re not too late, they’re getting in on the ground floor.

  31. Currently I am using Google+. Its really great. You are right its a clean version of facebook. Thanks for share your opinion.

  32. It’s Not Bad but let’s see what is going on.

  33. Yes, It is a new staff and we can not tell in Advance what will happen.

  34. its really an useful to have +1 button

  35. Artur says:

    The #1 advantage of Google+ is its minimalistic approach. The more simple-the better. Plus more faster and more lighter coming with HTML5.

  36. google plus will give more credit for the website owner for analyzing there site strength

  37. i like it a lot. i think it will be the facebook killer

  38. Forex News says:

    That would be awesome, a FB search engine!

  39. Thats looks cool love to have it on my blog

  40. I have crossed some articles mentioned that Google plus will affect serp of website anyone have hear about such message

  41. I started using it, though I am a bit skeptical. I don’t need yet another social media, but I can definitely see the future buzz in it.

  42. That is an interesting point. I thought about it for a while, and I’m a bit afraid that I put too many eggs into the FB basket. I’ll probably settle for an equal promotion.

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