I remember when I first read the features of Google Wave, I was pretty shocked. No wonder everyone else was, too. Because from what Google had said, the whole thing looked like a revolution in online collaboration. When Google Wave was finally launched among limited users, I was one of the first ones to get an invitation to try out straight from Google. I tried Wave and my reaction was like, this is big.
Unfortunately, Google Wave was too big for people to get used to it. I still think that Google Wave had potential. But what Google Wave missed was user-friendliness. I think it was a little difficult for non-geeky persons to understand how Wave actually worked. That’s just my opinion. Some said Google Wave was a trash. I don’t think so. Despite anything anyone said, Google Wave is a fail. And I’m not here to analyze the reason behind it.
We have been listening to reports that Google has been trying hard to come up with something that will kill Facebook. As a geeky person and technology journalist, I can say that nothing can beat Facebook; at least not for the next decade. If people gets tired of Facebooking, the trend will automatically fall. And new concepts will conquer the internet.
However, Google didn’t stop dreaming. They are finally here with their own social circling network called Google+. I’m sure all of you have at least heard of it. It’s really great although not great enough to replace with Facebook. Sure enough, Google+ features a set of new features that can blow your mind. I specially liked the idea of Google+ Circle and hangout.
A lot of people are talking about Sparks but I don’t think it’s that great. Mostly for the people like me who use Google Reader to keep up with the favorite blogs and news sites, Sparks doesn’t really promise that much. But many people still like it. So I won’t say it’s a fail.
But one thing that amazes me is that Google didn’t really have to do much to create Google+. They had Google profiles prepared, they had Picasa prepared, they had Google Talk prepared, they had the address book of all individuals, all they did was merge all into one and come up with yet another social networking platform. The best part? I don’t need an extra tab for it. I can get notifications and update my status right from the top of Gmail or any Google page.
I’d like to quote a comment I left in a post written by Nicole Locklear:
I don’t seriously think that Google + will be a flop like Buzz or Wave. It won’t beat Facebook either, but it will be a hit among hardcore Google services users. Because your plus profile is kind of already prepared for you. Google + pulled information from your Google Profile, activates Chat system from your Google Talk /Gmail, includes people from your Gmail address book, fetches photos from Picasa and so on. It’s like a ready-made product. Plus it’s a lot, i mean LOT more user-friendly than Wave or Buzz (well, buzz is a duplicate of twitter with some added functionality).
So I think Google+ will be a hit. Can be the second largest social media after Facebook. It has potential.
Google+ has a craze; mainly among hardcore Google fans. But what leaps fast can drop fast as well. Just like Google Wave or Google Buzz. Therefore I’m afraid Google+ may not make it to the top. You see already it’s suffering from low female users 😉 (seriously). Up until now, Google+ is being used mostly by geeky persons. It hasn’t hit the general people yet.
If it does sometime later, then Google+ will last. As long as it’s a craze, it is bound to end just like a trend does.
What’s your opinion about Google+? Do you use it? Do you like it? Will it be a hit?
In case you want to find me on Google+, here’s my profile: http://gplus.to/aisajib 😎