Facebook killer? I don't think so.. But: Google's Social Network is here!

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Google launched their own Social Network! It's called Google Plus. What do you think?



My opinion: It could grow big, but I think they could have done SOMETHING to give it a different layout. The layout looks pretty much the same as Facebook...
Share your thoughts!
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  • Profile picture of the author ThrillerAuthor
    I think one of the biggest advantages of the google + site is that you can share stuff with specific groups of people (circles). In fb, pretty much everybody in the world can see what you've shared, including your boss or future employers, and it's a known fact that some employers go to job candidates' fb pages to spy on them.
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    • Profile picture of the author marchenzo
      I predict big things for this "Google" you speak of, they seem like plucky kids...

      Nah, it will prob do just fine I'm sure. I see from another thread here that myspace is lining back up for another bite of the social cherry too
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by ThrillerAuthor View Post

      In fb, pretty much everybody in the world can see what you've shared
      Your inability to understand privacy settings and friends lists on Facebook does not mean they're worthless or don't exist.
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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      Originally Posted by ThrillerAuthor View Post

      I think one of the biggest advantages of the google + site is that you can share stuff with specific groups of people (circles). In fb, pretty much everybody in the world can see what you've shared, including your boss or future employers, and it's a known fact that some employers go to job candidates' fb pages to spy on them.
      You can create lists in Facebook and change privacy settings on each post so that they're only visible to certain lists, hidden from certain lists, or hidden from certain individuals.

      Plus, if your profile is set to private and your boss or future employer isn't a friend, then they can't see your posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Reece
    I need an invite to see it. I feel like the ugly girl who's been refused entry to a club. Boo
    Don't they know who I am? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I'm sick of social networks. Anyone know of a good anti-social network?
    Like maybe ... Google Minus (Google -) or AssBook? lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Reece
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I'm sick of social networks. Anyone know of a good anti-social network?
      Like maybe ... Google Minus (Google -) or AssBook? lol
      Ha! I'm not the fan I was but it helps pay the bills.

      Google buzz was pants IMHO so we'll see how this pans out.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jelle Kaldenbach
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I'm sick of social networks. Anyone know of a good anti-social network?
      Like maybe ... Google Minus (Google -) or AssBook? lol
      YourSpace? Twuck Off?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I'm sick of social networks. Anyone know of a good anti-social network?
      Like maybe ... Google Minus (Google -) or AssBook? lol
      I'm totally up for AssBook! Given people have their butts as profile pics..

      Speaking of Google Plus, it sucks.. I wonder why they'd even bother making such a product.

      What they call Circles is Facebook Lists.. Huddle.. Ever heard of Group Chat? Sparks is just ridiculously useless. We are all marketers here. How many times have you searched for 'marketing' in google?

      Now, the Hangout feature I like. They should've build their whole thing around this feature. They should've made a Skype alternative where people could network. Just my two cents.

      Sumit.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
        Originally Posted by ITS-V View Post

        I need an invite to see it. I feel like the ugly girl who's been refused entry to a club. Boo
        Don't they know who I am? :p
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        Originally Posted by Jelle Kaldenbach View Post

        But: anyone invited yet?
        If you guys want an invite, PM me your e-mail.
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        • Profile picture of the author galrix1
          Originally Posted by Sumit Menon View Post

          If you guys want an invite, PM me your e-mail.
          According to the site, they have already exceeded their capacity (whatever that means), even for invited ones.

          I got myself on the notify list.
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          • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
            Originally Posted by galrix1 View Post

            According to the site, they have already exceeded their capacity (whatever that means), even for invited ones.
            They're letting so many in per hour. They shut off the official invite system, but there is another way to invite people. It's hit or miss as to when they get in though.
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    • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I'm sick of social networks. Anyone know of a good anti-social network?
      Like maybe ... Google Minus (Google -) or AssBook? lol
      I have a few websites where you can be sure not to find anyone...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Hey, anyone heard of that new site, Myspace?

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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Jelle Kaldenbach View Post

      But: anyone invited yet?
      I'm in, and already have a little circle of a dozen or so other Warriors.

      There doesn't seem to be anything interesting in it.

      I mean, from where I sit, it's Facebook... with no apps... and nobody I know is on it... so I have to start all over again inviting people, building my friends list, putting them in the right circles, updating my status, checking my messages... it's like I'm on Facebook twice, except one of them doesn't have anything set up or anything to do there.

      It's like a big "meh" for me. I can't see anyone getting into it unless it's their first social network, and I can't imagine what kind of person would go "I should join Google Plus!" when they start trying to decide which social network to use.
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      • Profile picture of the author Laurie Rogers
        dude I sent you a PM on crackbook lol

        Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

        I'm in, and already have a little circle of a dozen or so other Warriors.

        There doesn't seem to be anything interesting in it.

        I mean, from where I sit, it's Facebook... with no apps... and nobody I know is on it... so I have to start all over again inviting people, building my friends list, putting them in the right circles, updating my status, checking my messages... it's like I'm on Facebook twice, except one of them doesn't have anything set up or anything to do there.

        It's like a big "meh" for me. I can't see anyone getting into it unless it's their first social network, and I can't imagine what kind of person would go "I should join Google Plus!" when they start trying to decide which social network to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    I've been playing with it today and have to say I really like it so far. It'll need something special to prise people away from facebook though, can't see the majority wanting Google+ and Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author sameerjoad
    Before Google goes Gaga over the plus, i want to ask them one thing - what happened to orkut? Is it going to be integrated into plus? Is it going to be closed?

    P.s this isn't the first social network by google but it sure is innovative with new features.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenFromSoMo
    I think the hangout thing looks SOOOO wicked. I am really pumped to use it for business.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandrax
    You can already see the +1 showing up in the organic search results and I think it is a smart way from Google to start the plus one. This will give them a little bit of the social media pie which is ever growing.

    By the way, did you notice that the website URL now comes right below the title and than the description? First it was, title, description, url, now it's title, url, description.

    They also changed their white toolbar on the homepage into a ugly black toolbar.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Duncan
    I mean, from where I sit, it's Facebook... with no apps... and nobody I know is on it... so I have to start all over again inviting people, building my friends list, putting them in the right circles, updating my status, checking my messages... it's like I'm on Facebook twice, except one of them doesn't have anything set up or anything to do there.
    Ding...ding...ding.

    I think you hit the nail on the head with this one. It seems like this is a little too late. Not sure why Google didn't jump in the fray back when Facebook was first getting traction and sucking people away from MySpace.

    It'll be interesting to see how many people will want to take the time to actually setup another account that they have to monitor.

    One thing I'm not really sure of...who is perceived to have the bigger privacy issues, Facebook or Google?
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    I've been playing with it all day today, but it's pretty quiet there. I tried to lure my Facebook "friends", but seems like it's not easy to convince them to try something this new. Gonna try this with FB "fans" maybe tomorrow.
    I liked the functionality of photo uploading, and Hangouts. I'm dying to see how things in my Google+ would rank in searches.
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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      Google+ probably won't kill Facebook, or Twitter, but it will make the overall Google experience across all Google products, including search, much more social. Imo, the Sparks feature in G+ is going to be huge for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    Alright - who registered assbook.com? I guess I could look for myself. Tried to register it. I won't be on there, but my wife definitely could be.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Whatever happened to actually just hanging out with people in the "real world" :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author TobyAletha
    no matter how Google is remarkable, Facebook still is not going anywhere
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    The Google plus has same layout as Facebook. But, it is definitely going to take a longg time to beat 500++ million users.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dominium
    Looks interesting, I think I am gona register... I always didn't really like FailBook, although from what I've seen this Google Plus looks almost the same eh.

    Anyways, thanks for the news!

    Cheers,
    Dominium

    P.S.
    Suzanne, your post with the Anti-Social network made me lol so hard. Or, writing it the pro way, "I lol'd"
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepikarajpal
    seem nice but really want to know is this going to help in improve ranking of website
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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      Here is a pretty comprehensive article on Google's plans moving forward, as they strive to become more social overall, and why it might not be that hard for G+ to catch up to FB.

      Inside Google+

      “We’re transforming Google itself into a social destination at a level and scale that we’ve never attempted — orders of magnitude more investment, in terms of people, than any previous project,” says Vic Gundotra, who leads Google’s social efforts.

      Some think the battle is already lost. Bloggers and critics opine that social software just isn’t in Google’s DNA. Google is all about algorithms, they say, not interactions between humans. And where’s Larry Page’s Facebook profile? (Sergey Brin does have one, under a pseudonym that unmistakably points to its owner.)

      But Googlers working on Emerald Sea note that the company has a lot advantages to play on the fields of social networking. Hundreds of millions of users, the vast majority of whom trust the company. Unparalleled mastery of determining relevant information. A vault filled with cash, to buy small companies (Aardvark, Picnik, Slide) that have gained a foothold in a given social activity.

      To grasp the significance of this for Google, you must get past a corporate quarantine and catch a glimpse of the giant hand-painted mural that greets those very few visitors granted access to enter the fourth floor of Building 2000 on the Google campus, which was an early hub of the initiative.
      Here's another article, with MySpace Tom's views:

      http://mashable.com/2011/07/02/myspace-tom-google/

      “Google+ seems like a “reaction” to Twitter/Facebook. But are you starting to see the ways that Google+ just makes Google a better, more integrated set of services? Google already has top-notch products in key categories–photos, videos, office productivity, blogs, Chrome, Android, maps and (duh) search. Can you start to see/imagine what Google+ does for Gmail? Picassa? Youtube? Not to mention search? The +1 system that Google now has control of (unlike Facebook Likes) can really influence and change the nature of their search.

      My original vision for MS was that everything got better when it was social–so I tried to build all the super popular things used on the web (blogs, music, classifieds, events, photos) on top of MySpace’s social layer. When Yahoo launched 360, MSN launched Spaces, and Google launched Okrut, I was shakin in my boots. But quickly I saw that it’s really hard to layer in social to features after the fact. At MySpace we had the luxury of having social first, and building the products on top of that layer. Then I choked and Facebook realized that vision. ;-)

      But Google+ really seems to be primed to make good on that original premise–that everything gets better when its social. And unlike FB, Twitter, or anyone else, Google already has the most advanced set of products. And if I can clearly see where this is headed, then I think what we are getting is a much better Google. Does that kill FB/Twitter? Who cares? I’d use all 3, but more importantly, I’ll be using Google products I never used, or use them in new, better ways I never used them before.
      What some people don't seem to realize is that it's not G+ versus Facebook, it's Google versus Facebook, and that makes a huge difference. All indications are that Google is finally getting the social thing right, which they've known that they had to for quite some time.
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