Why Google+ Is More Than Just a Facebook Ripoff

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cmophil
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Re: The Google+ Evolution
cmophil   8/12/2011 8:16:08 PM
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I honestly don't see too many LI users jumping ship for Google+. The platform is there and is sound. It would take a major gaffe by the LI folks for Google+ to steal their clientele.

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kdawson   8/12/2011 8:46:46 AM
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Dave, thanks, I had missed that survey. Also of interest from it: "Perhaps as a consequence of the steep launch trajectory some early adopters are claiming to have become early abandoners. 31% of early joiners report having abandoned Google+ accounts or have not yet created any content on it."

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Mitch Wagner   8/12/2011 12:16:08 AM
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Google commented on my interpretation of the statement about APIs: "I think you have an accurate read on Joseph's comments, based on the paragraph you shared... . It's a bit strong to say 'we want to make it easier to import your content,' but as Joseph tries to explain, we want to figure whether/how we can let people more easily share from other sites/apps while keeping the quality/authenticity high."

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Mitch Wagner   8/10/2011 10:14:03 AM
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Dave Sasson - I think LinkedIn has done a good job of focusing on its niche. It's not trying to be all things to everyone. It's for business, and just for business. 

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Dave Sasson   8/10/2011 8:18:20 AM
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Although Google+ is being compared frequently against Facebook, the company that may feel an impact more from G+ is LinkedIn.  According to a recent survey by Bloomberg and YouGov, G+ will surpass LinkedIn and Twitter by mid-2012, which will make G+ the second most popular social site.

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hms022001   8/9/2011 5:48:32 PM
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Mitch long-term there should be room for all 3, as long as Twitter and FB do not freak out and start making adjustments as a reaction. 

Twitter's limitations can be there strength.

FB is much more of a ego boost site, i.e. look at me; here I am, etc.

G+ is conversing, yes it is has mix of both the other sites but with circles you decide who and when to tune someone in or out.  But G+ can morph when the flood gates are opened.  

 Just my opinion.



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Mitch Wagner   8/9/2011 4:56:39 PM
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hms022001 - I wonder if Google+ is more of a threat to Twitter than Facebook. 

I know I'm on Facebook to keep in touch with specific people. As long as they're on, I'm on. I don't feel that kind of personal connection with particular users on Twitter to the exclusion of other social media. 

What I mean to say is my friends who are on Twitter are also on Facebook or Google+. 

From a professional standpoint, I'm on Twitter to connect with the audience. That was not so much the case prior to Google+. 

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Mitch Wagner   8/9/2011 4:54:34 PM
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K.Rex - You raise a good point. I hear from a lot of people who are looking to separate their personal online activity from their professional online activity. Google+ looks like at least a partial solution for doing that. 

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hms022001   8/9/2011 2:51:29 PM
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Google's direction with G+ is right on.  The ability to separate and discuss issues or topics on G+ makes the site intriguing. I still visit FB but can see long term use declining for me.  Brian Solis performed a poll and found that approximately 25% of FB users said they will drop FB all together for G+.   


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The Google+ Evolution
K.Rex   8/9/2011 1:15:55 PM
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Your opening paragraph hits it on the head, Google + has found the perfect balance of blending private and public social needs into one simple system.  For me this is one of the reasons I was drawn by their service.  The majority of my friends struggle with professional and personal on Facebook.  They often will prefer working through LinkedIn for any professional needs rather than creating a "work" group of FB because there are too many cases of things being shared to  everyone rather to their core group of friends.   I think this feature is what drew over 20M+ users to their product initially amongst others.  I do wonder the frequency of the activity?  How many of those 20M are actually decreasing FB activity and porting the majority of their social actions to Google+?  I think that a major shift like that will take some time but the more products that Google+ can integrate into the system the bigger the appeal.

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