I will admit to being a bit keen on social networking, it is here to stay so it needs embracing by all of us – I am on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and enjoy blogging. I think I have a reasonable understanding of what social networking is – but having now tried Google + (I was not invited to the beta but it’s just gone live) I just don’t get it!
First of course there was Google Wave, that died a quiet if lingering death some time ago – it just didn’t work or offer anything over and above the likes of Facebook (and my recollection is that it wasn’t straight forward to use). My take on Google + is that it also isn’t particularly easy to get into (either that or I am getting old) and doesn’t have many people on it yet! Quite why you would migrate from Facebook to Google + it is a mystery to me – although I am open to comments why I might be wrong?
Again I don’t believe it offers anything over and above Facebook. Google appear desperate to take possession of an area of the market that they also appear not to ‘get’. Their search engine and online apps are excellent, isn’t that enough for them? Or do they just feel that they need to dominate every sector of the market?
My advise to Google (for what it’s worth) – is leave it alone, you don’t need it, you already run people’s lives and others do this so much better! I am all for changing if something is better or offers more – but this on first look offers neither.