I am happy, I thought I was missing out.
But I got into Google + today. It’s a bit echoey, but looks like it might actually have some interesting features to it that will attract a few people.
They real question is what effect it will have on the social scene.
Will it be a threat to Facebook?
Will it become a social aggregator like Friendfeed was.
One thing is for sure, Facebook felt threatened. With their “awesome announcement” today that Facebook will be integrating Skype video chat into it’s site, Facebook has shown that the video feature of Google+, the hangouts, was enough for the to appear to rush this announcement and get product to market.
I can imagine the code cutting that went on since knowledge of the inner working of Google + became known to Facebook. Determined to release something before Google+ made it to general release.
In turn the Facebook announcement seems to have hurried up the public roll out of Google+. Originally the invitation beta was due to last a few more weeks, but there are now noises that Google+ is going public pretty much straight away.
Competition in this way is great, it speeds up innovation and we the user get the benefits.
As Google get closer to a social network and Facebook drive more search within it’s site it is inevitable that competition between these two juggernauts will escalate.
How have you found Google+