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I want my Google+

July 11, 2011

Sorry for the cheap riff on MTV, but the hype surrounding Google+ is oddly reminiscent of when the fledgling Music Television station started broadcasting. It would be an understatement to say that Google has achieved a significant amount of hype with Google+. The invite-only (for now) social network, currently in limited release hopes to unseat Facebook as reigning champ of social media, but its unclear if that daunting goal can be achieved by Google’s latest venture. According to the homepage for Google+ it provides “real-life sharing and rethought for the web”. Not really sure what that means (sounds like marketing babble to me).

Google+ appears to allow users to connect (or ‘friend’ each other to borrow another applications terminology) through “circles”. It also includes a video feature Google calls ‘hangouts’, allowing people to congregate and connect in ways currently clunky or not feasible with other social media tools. Lastly the introductory site refers to ‘sparks’ which allow users to tag stuff that is of interest to them, which they can go back to at their leisure.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m intrigued and plan to check out Google+ when its made available to the public. If you’d like to learn more you can visit the Google+ homepage or you can read CNET’s interesting review “Google+ has its minuses” which came out today.

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