Google+: Should Facebook and Twitter worry?
Posted by Lyn May
Are you one of the few beta testers for Google’s recent attempt at a more social web? Last week Google announced it’s latest and greatest venture,Google+.
Most of you probably noticed an overhaul to the Google ecosystem.
Let’s take a look at Google’s attempts at the social game. In the early days, they tried something called Google Wave. It seemed more like an office productivity suite than a social network. That failed before most people even heard about it.
Down the road, attempting to capitalize on Twitter’s success, Google released Google Buzz!. This was, in essence, Twitter on steroids. You could do so much more than Twitter. And then came the privacy issues. Google made your address book fare game and public. Google quickly fixed this issue, but it was too late. People were scorned.
And today, well, we have Google+. As if Google didn’t care to be … of plagurizing Twitter with Buzz!, they build a social network astoundingly similar to Facebook. Atleast in appearance. But if I know Google, they will tie in all of their services to make your experience so much better.
But is YOUR personal experience at the core of Google’s engine? Listen, you can’t really trust a company who’s whole source of income, 98% actually, is selling your personal information. So you, the consumer, needs to make a decision.
Are you okay with trading all of your privacy for all the splendor that Google has to offer? And you would do good to know that most simply don’t care. Is that a good thing or bad? I guess we’ll find out. So let’s ride out this Google+ thing and see where it lands us.