Monday, August 1, 2011

Google+: Will This Shiny New Social Media Wear Off?

Everyone has an opinion about Google+ so I thought I'd take a stab at it. I've used Google+ for over two weeks and am still learning about its bells and whistles. It feels more manageable than Facebook, and I like the Circles concept. Google has hit almost 5 million users, so obviously people are using it.

Ironically, Mark Zuckerberg is the #1 followed person on Google+. I guess he's making Google+ work in his social media favor. But that's not really saying much. It's also available as a Google+ iPhone app...get it while it's hot. Blackberry and Android users can also download the app as well.

What happens when the new social media shine wears off? Will we still, as social media users, swear by Google+ and forget about Facebook and other social networking sites? 

According to this PCMag article by Chloe Albanesius, Facebook and  LinkedIn still take the lead:

Facebook, meanwhile, recently confirmed that it now has 750 million users, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company didn't publicize the milestone because user numbers are not as important as they once were. LinkedIn is also now the second most-popular social-networking service as MySpace continues to decline, TechCrunch reported. 

What do you think of Google+? Will its shiny appeal fade and should Zuckerberg be worried? 

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