Do Google Plus Comics Nail The Facebook Angle?

    July 1, 2011

There were two funny comics out about Google +, the next step in Google’s attempt at taking over the Internet going social, both of which play up the “Google + is just like Facebook” approach. While we’re still waiting for an invitation — ahem — word on the street is yes there are similarities, but there are differences too. That being said, the comics in question were well received and shared throughout the tubes.

The first one is from Internet favorite xkcd, called “Google +” that does a nice job of capturing the apathy and backlash towards Facebook:

Google +

It would be hard to believe that’s the prevailing attitude of some looking to switch. Facebook’s privacy, among other things, has long been a point of contention, and accounts are, Google + goes out of its way to enforce privacy, regardless of whatever sharing issues that have been found. Granted, the “abandon Facebook” theme in the xkcd comic may not involve any deeper thought than that. Maybe some who would flee Facebook for Google + are doing so because it’s simply not Facebook.

That’s perfectly reasonable.

The other comic, courtesy of Real Life Comics, does a great job of showing how Google + could mimic Facebook, even if that’s not Google’s intention — which it’s not; Google simply wants Facebook’s traffic, and, perhaps, to offer a true alternative. The question is, if a developer designed such an application, would people want to abandon Google + as well? The comic in question:

Google +

It should be said that the Google + API reveal makes the idea of “Poke” applications a very real possibility, along with things like Farmville and Angry Birds. If Google + members start using those and similar applications and related updates start flooding update streams, are members going to long for a return to Facebook or look to the horizon for something new?

Maybe BingBook or PlusBing, for instance.