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On Quora: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

On Quora: "I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?"

You should head on over to Quora and read this post: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

The question asked in more detail on the site is:

What are some things that Google+ will give me that Facebook (and Twitter) won’t? Is Google + a “new thing” or simply a different way of doing the same thing? – What type of contacts, information, content would I have access to with Google + that I don’t have with Facebook or Twitter today? Like, I’m in StumbleUpon – gives me something that Facebook or Twitter don’t. I’m in Quora, gives me something specialized (Q&A) that’s better than what Facebook does… but what is “the thing” about Google +? I just don’t get it.

It’s a good question to many right now, especially die hard fans of those “other” respected social networks (and people that haven’t as yet got access to Google+).

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I was on Google+ before it was publicly available

…you might as well show off a little!

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The Plus side of Google+

The Plus side of Google+

Just another flash in the pan? Or a Game changer?

Google+ is quite the breath of fresh air, and one that makes so much sense in a world of social interaction. In my most humble opinon, it’s everything that Facebook should have been and everything that Twitter isn’t.

To me, its a hybrid of social networks and takes the best of breeds from networks like Facebook and Twitter where people can interact with people, search results, brands and anything else that doesnt have to follow them back in order for interaction to exist.

I am slowly seeing the bigger picture with G+ and starting with Gmail interactivity, the integration thats possible with G+ is what is going to set the pace for the future of social networks

The growth has been phenomenal with so many people on the uptake and its quite refreshing to read and interact with people that have been in my “Google circles” long prior to Google+.

I’ve been a Gmail user since the beginning and over the years I have made contacts, deal, friends, leads and aquaintances that have long since been buried in my contacts only to resurface now and G+ is allowing me to rekindle some of those professional relationships in a way that Facebook could never.

After the failures of Wave and Buzz, many would have thought that Google would have given up on the social race but the social space is still growing, while more and more brands are realizing the importance of social interaction so the niche is booming while still in its infancy and Google isn’t the type of company to take defeat and back off, instead they went away, revised a plan and came back stronger than ever.

MySpace was revolutionary, Facebook was evolutionary and Google+ is a game changer.

I’m not saying that Facebook and Twitter are going to die a MySpace death, but Google+ will definitely hurt them, and judging by the rapid uptake already, it seems as though the inevitable is going to happen sooner rather than later.

That being said, there is one fatal flaw which I would love if Google find a way around this, what about those people who have more than 1 Gmail account? For someone like myself who has used multiple Gmail accounts for various reasons, this means that my contacts are split across 2 Google+, but I only want to use one. Sure I can export my contacts from one and import to the other but that doesn’t help me merge the 2 accounts seamlessly when people are adding one account to their circles which is a lesser used account.

Merging of accounts is on my wish list for Christmas but until then, I’m happy tinkering around with my new found toy.

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Zuck Surprised That People Are Surprised He’s On +

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining Google was a major media event, with everyone from Forbes to The Daily Mail covering the fact that the founder established a Google profile, building Circles that include former Facebooker Dustin Moskovitz and current Facebook CTO Bret Taylor.

While many were doubtful that the real Zuckerberg would join a competing social service, tech blogger Robert Scoble texted Zuckerberg himself to confirm, tweeting out “Name drop moment. Zuckerberg just texted me back. Says “Why are people so surprised that I’d have a Google account?”

In case anyone is still doubting that it is the real Zuck on there, Scoble tells me that Zuckerberg indeed meant Google account when he referred to Google account. But the real question is, why are people so surprised that Zuckerberg would chose to be on Google ?

Perhaps the answer lies in the precedent set by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who seem to have shied away from interacting on Facebook as themselves. (According to Steven Levy, Brin is actually on Facebook as a pseudonym. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is also rumored to be on the service, independently of when Mike impersonated him).

Page’s and Brin’s behavior aside, plenty of other founders (Myspace Tom for example) have shown that it’s perfectly normal to partake and enjoy competitive services, and that it shouldn’t necessarily be considered an act of espionage. I for one just hope Zuckerberg is more prolific on Google than he is on Twitter.

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Name drop moment. Zuckerberg just texted me back. Says “Why are people so surprised that I’d have a Google account?”

via techcrunch.com

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Why Google+ is like Rocky Balboa

Why Google+ is like Rocky Balboa

I loved Rocky movies when I was growing up so as a result I’m going to be referring to Google as Rocky Balboa in this post – if you’re not a Sylvester Stallone fan, please read something else now.

Back to boxing!

With the launch of this project, Google kind of reminds me of an undisputed heavyweight champion boxer, like Rocky Balboa. One that’s been in the ring for many years and which has been battling at keeping other fighters out of his ring for just as long.

The boxer that has been threatening Google – let’s call him Facebook for this analogy’s sake – is a very impressive (albeit sneaky) opponent that climbed up the WWW ranking unnoticed and gained a large following. Facebook is innovate and has been a pioneer in his division. For quite a while now, Google has been battered over some of his spectacular fails in the ring and at times it has seemed as if Facebook could eventually claim the heavyweight title.

But just as in the Rocky movies, Mr. Balboa was quite good at feigning weakness in the ring. He’d do this to study his opponents and give them a sense of power. But then, just as the opponent would think he had the competition wanting to throw in the towel, Rocky Balboa would hit them

I believe that this is what Google has done as they have had several years now to look at the major social networks – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – and monitor their growth and potential, has come back from the brink of defeat – like Mr. Balboa has done at least 5 times (Rocky I – V) if my memory serves me correctly – and is now letting loose with all the punches. They’re light little hooks and jabs right now but I feel like their is one big explosive punch tucked away in this heavyweight that could clinch the social title away…

Google has had a few years now to study and adapt today’s social networks strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Google hasn’t been sulking in the corner while licking its wounds that last few years – don’t be fooled. I don’t doubt for one nanosecond that what they’ve actually been doing is a sh*t load of analysis, deconstruction and re-engineering of its opponents services and has scrutinised every single piece of binary in their being!

Google is an old heavyweight that has klout. Via its large user footprint it already has a fantastically sized audience to provide this social layer to and even though the numbers are low in comparison to Facebook, I foresee exponential growth in their Google+ project.

What do you think is going to happen? Let’s watch this fight and see how it unfolds!

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