It seems like everyone is on Facebook these days. Facebook started
as a network for college students in 2004, and today it has taken
over the planet as the leading social network. It has done so well
that it put Myspace out of business. Even our grandparents are
using Facebook today. Despite all of the success of Facebook,
many people are ready for the next big fad, and Google has
responded with the Google Plus social network. Google Plus has
been out for just a few weeks, and they already have over 4 million
users! Some people have even publically divorced Facebook and
moved over to Google Plus.
It remains to be seen what impact Google Plus has on Facebook, but
it appears Google Plus is a formidable competitor to Facebook. At
the time of this writing, Google Plus is still an invite only
network, but most people that really want to be on the network can
find friends already on the network.
Here are some of the main features of Google Plus.
This is the most popular aspect of the Google Plus network. The
idea is that you can take friends and place them into different
social groups of people. You could have social circles for work
colleagues or family members. You could have social circles to
group all of your friends. Google Plus makes it very easy to group
all of your friends together into different categories or social
circles. You can have as many circles as you want in your network.
Google makes it easy for you share to share photos with specific
circles of people. If you don’t want your work friends to see you
getting drunk with your friends on Saturday night, you can make
your photos only show up in specific circles. If you have friends
in your list that are internet marketers, you might want to share
information about new software to your internet marketing friends.
Privacy Settings Can Be Easily Changed
One of the complaints with Facebook has been that it is hard to
find your Privacy settings to make changes. Google Circles makes
it very easy to change your privacy settings so that not everyone
can see all of your personal contact information.
One of the best new features of Google Plus is Hangout. You can
have a group video chat with up to ten of your friends with the
Hangout feature on Google Plus. This promises to be a game changer
in the internet marketing world.
This video chat feature is going to be great for businesses to get
team members together for group meetings. Businesses can save tons
of money on travel expenses if they want to have long video chat
sessions with everyone.
Google Plus for the Mobile Device
Google Plus is available on mobile devices. Hypothetically, this
may mean that you will be able to have group chats with people on
mobile phones through the Android. I’m not completely clear on
this aspect of the service, but video group chats are definitely a
major function of Google Plus.
Many people seem to like the new Google Plus social network, and
many people are even talking about switching over to Facebook.
Google has done a great job by limiting access to their social
networking site in the early days, as this creates an artificial
demand and excitement for the product. Overall, I think the Google
Plus network is a great win for Google, and it will become a major
competitor for Facebook.