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JohnDroid
07-06-2011, 01:53 PM
http://www.googleplustalk.net/img/googleplusoverfacebook.jpg (http://www.googleplustalk.net/)


Facebook made a name for itself by starting as a closed network available only to Harvard students initially and then branched out from there to other college campuses. It gave an air of exclusivity to the network and gained critical mass through that approach. After they had reached a stage where they could no longer be ignored they opened the floodgates and allowed anyone onto the network.


Many Facebook users have already grown tired of the network, and having Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa view every update of your drinking binge or dirty joke certainly hasn't helped the feeling of being overwhelmed with your information being shared with everyone and no easy way to fix it.


Google+ is banking on a totally new way of sharing information and giving you an easy way to decide who get's to see exactly what... without making you jump through hoops to do so. Facebook would have to turn their entire culture upside down to accomplish this and it goes against everything they've said they stand for in the past... the open sharing of ALL information.


Early adopters can make or break a social network, and Google+ seems to have attracted and won over a huge percentage of very valued early adopters. I'm talking about Hacker News users and their near total preference of Google+ over Facebook.


As seen in this poll: Hacker News | Poll: Google+: Like it/prefer it to FaceBook (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2729809), Google+ has over 1023 votes that like it and prefer it to Facebook, vs 160 votes that prefer Facebook over it.


That's a huge margin of victory for a beta product that is still very tough to get into and does not yet fully support profiles for Google Apps. If I'm a Facebook stock holder at this point, I would be very worried. We all know how fast a large social network can fall from grace. Take a look at Myspace - from $580 million to $35 million over a course of less then 6 years. And in reality, they were pretty much in the coffin after only 2 years.


Now I don't believe that Google+ will kill Facebook but I do believe that it will steal a large amount of market share and prevent Facebook from taking over. It will make Facebook honest with how it treats app developers and users, much like Android has done to keep Apple honest and more open.


This is good for consumers and good for the Internet as a whole.


As an aside note, we have put up an entire site dedicated to Google+ (http://www.googleplustalk.net), you can visit it at this URL: Google+ / Google Plus Forum (http://www.googleplustalk.net/)


(Source: Facebook should be _very_ worried (http://www.googleplustalk.net/forum/google-news/15-facebook-should-_very_-worried.html))

wicked
07-06-2011, 02:21 PM
To those wanting invites, be sure to check us out at the link above! ;)

MutantCheese
07-06-2011, 03:15 PM
I think the google + app is causing my DX to reboot at least once a day. I froze it using TB and will give it a day or so before I make my final judgement. Like the service otherwise tho. I just need more friends on G+.

DroidXDoes
07-06-2011, 04:20 PM
Facebook won't have to be worried at all.
They have like 500 million+ members.

snhay3
07-06-2011, 07:30 PM
Facebook won't have to be worried at all.
They have like 500 million+ members.

And actually as of this evening they announced over 750 million. They aren't too worried yet

moving right along

HellHound
07-10-2011, 09:31 PM
I heard rumors about it going public recently (or there is a place to sign up for an inv). Anybody know if this is true?

zoe
07-10-2011, 10:14 PM
if you have a gmail account it might be open for a short while. I'm already in, but was checking with an old gmail address and it was appearing to be letting me in w/o having gotten there with an invite

though they still open and close it without notice to those with invites even

something, anything else.. :)

HellHound
07-10-2011, 11:30 PM
if you have a gmail account it might be open for a short while. I'm already in, but was checking with an old gmail address and it was appearing to be letting me in w/o having gotten there with an invite

though they still open and close it without notice to those with invites even

something, anything else.. :) I have a gmail account and its pretty old. I tried logging in except it said I needed an invite. Any suggestions?

superwrench
07-10-2011, 11:42 PM
I have a gmail account and its pretty old. I tried logging in except it said I needed an invite. Any suggestions?

Just keep checking. I had several invites before I finally hit the "window" at the right time to get in.

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didiwags
07-10-2011, 11:48 PM
Find someone who has Google+ and ask for an invite :)

polarbehr
07-11-2011, 08:37 AM
I only have a few people in my circle so far...