For the past two weeks, Google+ has been running on an invite only mode to control the growth of its users and pick out any bugs before its final launch. Within these two weeks, I have been testing out Google+ and have been enjoying my experience so far. But all I hear is people talking about if it is going be a Facebook killer and how much time are people given up on Facebook to be on Google+. Here is my personal prospective. Google+ is a new social network that we can use to improve our everyday lives. It takes all the great features and objectives of other social media websites and aggregates these features into a super social media website. It is more of a professional Facebook profile where you can follow other people and organize them into circles. Here is what I will use Google+ for in comparison to what I use the other social media site for and why Google+ will be added to my list of sites to check daily.
Google+ and Facebook
With Facebook reaching 700M+ users, you would think that Google would implement and improve all of Facebook’s features and sure enough they did. So what will I use Google+ for over Facebook? Well nothing. I will still use everything that Google+ and Facebook has to offer but just with a different incentive. Facebook for me is a place that consists of my social life. I am connected to friends that I know in real live and am interested in what they are up to. It is a place where I do not hesitate to upload pictures of a party I went to the night before, message people I do not want my professional contacts seeing and for girls. Wait, let’s be serious here.
Okay, now Google+ is a place I can use to connect with professionals and my friends. I will be posting more professional looking photos of myself that I don’t mind anyone seeing. I believe you have the ability to connect with people in a more personal level. My status updates will be more based on my profession instead of about what I am doing next weekend. I am also able to easily connect with people that I could potentially network with using the hangout feature. This could be easier to use and just as powerful as Skype is for business. In a couple years, it could be a replacement for the need of Skype since it Google+ provides everything Skype has and more.
Google+ and Twitter
Twitter is a very unique way of socializing with others and branding your business with its micro blogging functionality. I have had the ability to meet a bunch of great people on twitter but the one thing it lacks is connecting with people on a personal level. All you get to do is see their face, their description about themselves and their tweets which are limited to 140 characters long. But what is great about Twitter is that you can follow people without the need of following them back. This is not a 1-to-1 relationship just like Facebook . Google+ implements these relationship features type very well and also added an innovative feature which allows you to organize your followings into what are called circles. There is really nothing that I would use Google+ over Twitter other then organizing my following into circles. Everything that I end up tweeting on Twitter, I will usually post on Google+ but not vice versa.
Google+ and LinkedIn
LinkedIn is one of the best websites that you can use to connect with millions of other professionals and brand yourself in a more professional way. LinkedIn has many features that Google+ does not have (such as Job search, Questions, Groups, etc.) but LinkedIn’s main incentive for connecting with others in a more professional manner does relate to Google+. With LinkedIn having the highest on average income per user throughout all other social networking sites at just over $100k per year, I can see Google+ taking second place in the near future with around 60k-80k per year. Google+ is going to be the Facebook for business hands down. Your profile description has the full capability of being able to display all of your qualifications just as well as LinkedIn does. There is nothing I would use Google+ over then LinkedIn but I will start using Google+ to connect with professionals in a more personal way.
With Google’s third attempt on trying to make a name into the Social Media game (Buzz and Wave ended as failures), I think this time they are on the right track. They are combining all of the great features from other popular social media websites and creating a super social media site. It can be viewed as a professional networking website where you can post photos and videos of yourself, video chat with your connections and post content to your circles. What else can we ask for?
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