It’s been about 15 hours since I was invited by Danny Pena to join him on Google+.
I have to admit that my first initial thoughs were that of an sceptic. Do we really need another facebook?
Then as the hours progressed, I found more and more nifty features about it and I realized that facebook would probably do better with some competition. Which is exactly what Google+ supplies. Great competition.
This is not a halfassed attempt into becoming the new facebook mind you. The features are slicker and definitely less glitchy. I was impressed by how easy and beautiful their media upload system is and instead of the tedious clicking, they have a drag and drop system instead.
It is more of a “private” kind of operation. Instead of general friend list, you have “circles”. You can create your own or use pre existing ones. You simply drag your contacts into categories. This feature comes in handy when you are posting something. When you make a post you can choose which circle can view that specific content. Which is a great feature for us who do sometimes wish to be private.
It does resemble facebook in many ways of course but without any of the “annoying” features. Note that there are as if yet, no adds. I appreciate that. Also, what is nifty is that you can get notifications, respond to them without leaving whatever it is you are doing in your E-mail OR your Google+ account.
Their phone app is also a work of art to say the least. It is simplistic and slick. You can do exactly what is available on the site, upload videos photos, send status updates and more!
What is clever about Google+ is that you can use it as a replacement for facebook (for those who don’t like FB) and/or you can use it to organize your email contacts and easier extended means of communication. It does not have to be the hassle of a large social media site. Their idea in this is that it can be used as an extended feature to your email. You don’t have to visit a website to login. This is directly tied to your Gmail.
Will I leave facebook? No, it took me several years to gather family and friends over there, and it took me for ever to build up the gallery I have. There is so much history. If they had the possibility to import all my content over here and grab my family and friends with me, then yes.
It was hard enough to convince some people to join me on facebook, can you imagine convincing them to join me here?