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Google+…Facebook Competitor?

Posted on: July 5, 2011

During the past week, there have been a lot of buzz around Google+. Based on the editorials and a tour at Google+ myself, I actually like the idea a lot. So, how does it work? Google+ is a social networking site that allows you to create circles of people. The concept is to create circles that have different interests, associations, etc. and allows you to separate different conversations and contents between each circle. For example, I can post the pictures of the latest family reunion for my circle of “family”, and only people within my circle of “family” would be able to see it. While my conversations I have with my circle of “tennis friends” would not see conversations with i have with my circle of  “my inner circle friends”. Up to now, many people are in the same delimma of  using multiple profiles to separate the personal and professional life. But with Google+, one might not need to do that anymore. You just create different circles of people using one profile. Google+ could potential become the next big thing in the social networking world. However, if Google+ wants to dominate the social networking world, just like they did with the search engine world, they will need something to get users on board. If Google+ could provide a feature that links each circle to the different account profiles from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. , this could create a very powerfully reason for the users to join and really pick up a lot of users at a very small amount of time. Then again, based on the number of requests they have been receiving, they might not need to provide such a feature to entice users to sign up.


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