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What Is Google Plus (Google +)?

Written By: Patrick Ogunnaike on July 24, 2011 No Comment

what is google plus?If you’ve had your ear to the ground when it comes to internet trends then you’ve probably begun to hear rumblings about something called Google Plus.

What is Google Plus (aka  Google + Project)?

Well for the last few years Google has had to sit idly by as more and more people flock to Facebook.  It seemed to most of us that Google was becoming obsolete as more and more people embrace the social side of the internet over the old time usage of search engines.

You see, search engines are great in that they help people find stuff but people don’t hang out on search engines. Whereas people may spend seconds to minutes on search engines like Google, they spend hours a day on Facebook.

Most people, myself included, had all but counted Google out but recently they’ve begun to turn a lot of heads with their beta release of Google Plus.

Google Plus is Google’s very own social network and it’s doing some pretty astonishing things.

For instance in just a few weeks since its launch they already have about 10 Million users, and it’s not even open to the public yet. Crazy right?

I have no idea how long it took Facebook to get to 10 Million but I guarantee it was much longer than a few weeks.

Even more than that is the fact that it’s been getting a lot of positive reviews from its users because of some pretty cool innovative functionality.

Here’s a glimpse of what it can do.

Circles

Unlike Facebook, you can actually separate your friends lists into separate circles. For instance, your friends are in one circle, work colleagues (read: boss) in another, and parents in another. The lack of this kind of thing in Facebook has caused a lot of trouble for people in the past especially when it came to snooping bosses or prospective employers.

Hangouts

This provide a place where your circle of friends can gather online for face to face chat. You just let people know where you are and they can meet you online.

Huddles

This is a group texting app. It’s a way to let multiple people (chosen by you) join you on a text message conversation.

There are a few more key features like “instant uploads” and  “sparks” but this is just the beginning. I don’t even have an account yet as they’re only letting people in on an invitation only basis. Google is being very smart in doing it this way as it only creates more hype and anticipation. People always want what they can’t have.

The interesting things are all the questions the creation and successful launch of Google Plus brings up.  Like…

  • Will it succeed?
  • Will it replace Facebook?
  • What impact will it have on businesses and marketing online?
  • How will it affect Googles trademark search engine?
  • How will it affect blogging?
    and many more

All the questions aside what it does show is how quickly the online landscape can change.

For instance, 5 years ago no one had heard of Facebook and now it’s change the world. If 5 more years Facebook could be gone and another behemoth may have risen.

Eitherway, Google Plus is here and it’s already having an impact. What it will look like in 6 months is anyone’s guess. All I can say is pay attention because we’ll be hearing more about G+ I’m sure.

To your Success,

PatrickOgunnaike.com

 

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