When Google does anything social, there is often a mix of knee-jerk reaction about how revolutionary it is, and how Google can't do social right. It comes as no surprise that there is good mix with the launch of Google+ as well.
A WebProNews reader commented, "It didn`t work for you in Buzz, give up already."
On one of YouTube's videos about the project, one person commented, "i've been looking for a reason to dump facebook. Thank you google!"
Another in the same thread says, "What ever you done in Google+ is already there in Orkut,but the look and feel seems to be different and interesting."
Wired ran a lengthy article looking at Google's social plans. Here are a few comments from readers:
"After going through their demo website, it seems to me - and I know this is heresy - that Google+ Project is perfect for business collaboration. If they were to integrate Apps into this, you'd have something that would trump Office365 by an insurmountable margin."
"I think this is going to be great for bloggers and website owners... i don't really care how my gadget content gets shared, but I'm pulling for Google if they'll get me more referrals."
"The “keep me posted” link on plus.google.com is 404′ing… Promising…"
"Uh, you would have thought a huge part of this new \project\ would be more extensive use of +1. Not saying you can’t continue to develop after launch, but that is a huge miss."
"This is what happens when the cleverest people in the room have all left and went across the street to Facebook."
SEO vet Jill Whalen writes: "The Google +Circles looks to me what Facebook lists *should* be."
Obviously Twitter is a treasure trove of commentary:
http://read.bi/jLeISL [yes, 700mm of them]Ugh. Most embarrassing Google quote yet on why they made +: "People barely tolerate Facebook"
@hblodget I think they are correct, people really do find FB barely tolerable, hundreds of millions of people. No trust, confusion, etc
Golly, all these new ways to give Google more personal information about myself. I just don't know where to... stop.
Google+ signup has gender selection that includes "other" -- plus indeed...
Google+ allows segmentation of social graph into multiple first-class subsets (friends, family), goes far beyond Facebook Groups.
Google announced a new social network today.
In related news, Myspace is now up for sale.
You probably don't have to look too far for more opinions, but the fact remains that that most of the opinions you'll see will be based on perception, rather than experience at this point. So far, Google+ is only available on an invitation basis.