Google Plus: The Early Reaction

By  |  Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’m in at Google+, Google’s new offering that’s less of a monolithic “Facebook killer” and more of a loose network of socially-oriented services. Right now, Google has opened it up to only a small number of folks: it’s an odd world in which nearly everyone is a journalist, a blogger, or a Google employee. But it’s engaging in ways that Buzz and Wave never were–thanks in part to an inventive interface designed by Mac legend Andy Hertzfeld.

(“Often inventive” is probably the better way to put it–there are also parts of + that are borrowed directly from Facebook, like the organization of the home page.)

This post isn’t a Google+ review–I’m cranking away on an unrelated deadline which I’m behind on, in part because I keep taking breaks to check out +. For the moment, here are some other folks’ impressions, most of which are guardedly positive. (The “guardedly” is pretty much a given, considering Google’s patchy reputation when it comes to anything relating to social networking.)

Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan: “…this is a much better and more thoughtfully designed product than Buzz.”

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler: “I’ve spent the last several hours using Google+. That’s a good sign.”

PCWorld’s Megan Geuss and Mark Sullivan: “In general we thought the service borrowed some good ideas from the reigning king of social networks, Facebook, but also offers some cool new approaches to sharing content and managing privacy.”

PCMag’s Mark Hachman: “Put simply, Google+ is a social network for geeks.”

More thoughts to come…


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15 Comments For This Post

  1. IcyFog Says:

    I understand the limited roll out, but for a social network doing that seems very anti-social. For example, if I get an invitation but not of my contacts do, it's very limiting, and I wouldn't be able to comment or use it to its fullest capacity.

  2. Dattatray Says:

    @IcyFog: i think the invitation only thing will only be in the initial phase and they will make it public later. Just like they did with Wave.

  3. Seth Says:

    I am in Google Plus and it allows you to invite people to it. For some reason though it only appears during certain parts of the day.

  4. Muay Thai Says:

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  5. Rajesh Says:

    Please see this article Google and me thought same idea: Circles

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  7. Arun Says:

    Invitations seem hard to come by. It is getting sold on ebay and ther sites. Some sites are offerring free invites to their readers as well
    But what ever it is, google plus growth is tremendous. Seems to have touched 20 Million plus users. Wow.

  8. Romadhon Says:

    whether this a sign of facebook greatness has been the end. Google + (plus) feature is a facebook feature that seems to be fixed

  9. Ishka Says:

    Harry said something that was overlooked.

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    jump in as an early adopter, use it and
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    That's what I'll be doing and here's the how to part

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  11. ebpp Says:

    the problem wtih Google+ is that they tend to be very ban happy….and when Google bans your accoutn they ban all of them…so it'd suck to lose your Gmail, just because you broke some Google+ rule(i.e. that one with no using aliases)

  12. @Apogalacticon Says:

    I am yet to try Google + but will definitely check it out as an alternative to facebook. It seems to have gotten off to a good start. Starcraft 2 Tips

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