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  • Cameron R Cunnnigham

    Can’t wait to jump ship.  I think the flag ship innovations are enough to take down the giant (or at least a swift kick to the nuts). I see this destroying not only facebook shares but Meetup.com as well as a few other low key social media sites. G+, can’t wait to play with it.

  • http://twitter.com/mattfrasersg Matt Fraser

    Yes, I do not have a social media site outside of LinkedIn and Twitter – green here too. I showed my wife the youtube 11 videos on google + and she said no question she would join google if she was doing it all over again. But, “good luck getting my friends and or everyone entrenched in facebook to change”. I am thinking of starting an account with…maybe i’ll sit on the sidelines for a little longer.

    • Anonymous

      I’m one of the lucky who has a beta access to google+ and I fell in love right away. I love the security concept with circles and the slim design. I hope more people will join i could totally dismiss facebook. You can also export your data!!!

      • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

        Thanks for the comment and feedback on Google’s new social network. That export data feature sounds great!

        • http://twitter.com/rapsli Rapsli

          send me your gmail account, I’ll gladly send you an invitation.

      • Karbelaez

        I thought Fb was blocking that export tool?

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          Apparently they did block it.

  • Laura Michaud

    I totally would change to Google+. Facebook is getting so old and boring. Plus I sign in with Google to write my blog http://laurasstyle.blogspot.com/. This means I wouldn’t have to sign in to two places when I want to network :) It might be challenging for some people to switch since a lot of people don’t like to change. I on the other hand, embrace change. I would like to think that there are more people like myself out there ;)

  • Bayu Amus

    It depends on whether Google will be able to provide something MUCH better to the Facebook users. As for myself, based on the customer experience I have so far with Google products, I wouldn’t hesitated to open an account in Google+.

    And speak about the impossible, didn’t we think that Friendster will prevails?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for your comment Bayu.
      I am running a poll on Facebook to see people’s willingness to try Google+ and I am actually being surprised by current Facebook users willingness to try the new social network when it becomes available out of field trials.
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/jeffbullascom/103782605406

  • Bayu Amus

    It depends on whether Google will be able to provide something MUCH better to the Facebook users. As for myself, based on the customer experience I have so far with Google products, I wouldn’t hesitated to open an account in Google+.

    And speak about the impossible, didn’t we think that Friendster will prevails?

  • Anonymous

    I was fortunate enough to get into the “field test,” and I have to say I’ve been impressed by Google+. 

    Organizationally, I’ve heard that this is priority 1-20 at Google; involves the entire organization in a way that Wave and Buzz did not.  Commitment and focus from top to bottom can make a huge difference.

    Strategically, it’s smart to knit all their properties/products together in an integrated way.  Executionally, the fact that it’s near feature parity to FB in ver. 1 is impressive, and frankly some of their features leave FB in the dust (Circles is MUCH more intuitive and user friendly than anything FB has for organizing friends). 

    Interface is slick and clean in a way that FB used to be (but now feels bloated).  And, I’ve heard that they are going to try to keep it from becoming an “app land grab” in the manner of FB (and thereby keep clutter under control).

    Of course, this is VERY early.  But, not everyone loves Facebook.  As always, choice is good for the consumer.  I’m happy to see an alternative…it’s good for the market.  It will be fun to watch how this plays out.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Ted for your comment and insight on Google+. It is early days and I will certainly be trialling once I have access which I have requested.
      It would be great to have you drop back in a week or so when you have had more time to test it.

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  • http://twitter.com/leedela Lee de la Houssaye

    Opinions on this range from ‘revolutionary’ to ‘yawn.’ Here’s rundown of how the big bloggers and publications are weighing in: http://leedela.com/2011/06/28/google-1-technopundits-weigh-in/ 

  • http://twitter.com/leedela Lee de la Houssaye

    Opinions on this range from ‘revolutionary’ to ‘yawn.’ Here’s rundown of how the big bloggers and publications are weighing in: http://leedela.com/2011/06/28/google-1-technopundits-weigh-in/ 

  • Tal

    certainly will try it!

  • Anonymous

    good info! I see some good features in the reviews of +, however, not sure if they are enough to draw the masses out of facebook. I see very little use of game mechanics or any type of affiliate program or virtual economy, all things Goog should consider for the extra loyalty needed to pull this off successfully. :)

  • Anonymous

    I will change to Google+ and convince my friends to do it as well. I almost do everything with Google. Things like Analytics, Adwords, webmastertools, chat, etc. Besides that, I think it’s still better to have the option to choose who to see what. The line between work and private is becoming thinner and thinner.  

  • Doug Dillard

    I might not permanently change bbut I will give it a try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Deb.Krier Deb Krier

    I’m going to wait a while before I try it, but it sound interesting. Not sure of the benefits over Facebook with “circles” as I use lists in Facebook to show or hide certain posts from people. I’m just hoping that Google will create a social media site just for business.

    • http://www.facebook.com/donkeypunching David Robertson

      I think you miss the point of circles, circles makes sure people can’t see YOUR updates if you don’t think it is appropriate for them as opposed to hiding posts from people you don’t want to see.

      Also the idea of a social media website just for corporate interest would gain little following from the public, neutering the ‘social’ aspect of the term.

      • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

        Thanks for the comment David. I have heard in the last 24 hours that Google has planned adding Google+ for brands.

      • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

        Thanks for the comment David. I have heard in the last 24 hours that Google has planned adding Google+ for brands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/donkeypunching David Robertson

      I think you miss the point of circles, circles makes sure people can’t see YOUR updates if you don’t think it is appropriate for them as opposed to hiding posts from people you don’t want to see.

      Also the idea of a social media website just for corporate interest would gain little following from the public, neutering the ‘social’ aspect of the term.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, i forgot: I posted some screenshots on my blog http://rapsli.ch

  • http://goo.gl/QvKcQ SusieBlackmon

    I’m all for Google and would definitely change to Google+ … !!!

  • Life Observer

    The social network community is so, so be wanting a new, improved facebook – especially if it’s NOT the fbker!! So, can hardly wait to make the change as long as it’s at least a bit better than this old platform we have now. The only question is has Google made it just in time, or is it too little too late? Lettuce pray that Google can make Fbk the next my space!

  • http://www.pistachiomedia.org Pistachio Media

    @jeffbullas:disqus Larry Page posted on Google+ last week where Google stands:

    “As you will have seen from our press release we had a great
    quarter–with revenue up by 32 per cent year on year and a new record
    for quarterly revenue at over $9 billion!”

    “This quarter, we released +1 buttons to the entire web, and many sites
    like Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Best Buy have added +1
    buttons”

    “We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!”

    I could keep going, but the point is that Google is having a very good year, and if you read the post from Robert Scoble visiting Google, they are not exactly living in fear.

    As for switching, I believe the first casualty will be Twitter. Google+ does not have the character limitation and from my experience, the collaboration and engagement on G+ surpasses anything that Twitter could have imagined.

    The title “Why Google is Worried” and referencing their past forays into social media does not carry as much weight as it would a month ago.  Looking at my streams from Twitter and Facebook, the adoption rate will be fast and furious.

  • http://twitter.com/TheBobBarron Bob Barron

    Climbing the learning curve of Google+ and so far I am impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    The only thing Google+ has going for it are features that facebook is starting to use them selves. Judging from the fact that my parents and grandparents are on facebook now (and that took a lot), I doubt those generations would want to learn a new service, and that demographic is a solid chunk of facebooks users.  You know, with the whole grandchild picture stalking that happens. :)

    A switch requires someones time to maintain both tools for a transition period, and that would just be painful.In addition, the figure that google keeps coming up with signed up users are inflated. Of course everyone signed up for google+, but how many people are “actively” using it? Thats a number google won’t put out, but facebook puts out all the time.  That comparison alone is very telling.

  • Ginesdemafra

    I am in deep at Facebook that it’s hard for me to spend substantial time to Google+. Now I have encountered an annoying feature of Google+. I was using Picasa before Google+. When Google+ fused Picasa with it I am having problems going to Picasa since Google+ is forcing me to go through it first and not directly to Picasa. This is terribly annoying and troublesome. I am at the point of giving up on both Picasa and Google+.