Google+ Project: What People are Saying

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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.

For more on what Google+ does, read this.

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."

Here are some comments from readers of an in-depth article about the Google+ project from Danny Sullivan:

"The “keep me posted” link on 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:

Ugh. Most embarrassing Google quote yet on why they made +: "People barely tolerate Facebook" [yes, 700mm of them] 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

@hblodget I think they are correct, people really do find FB barely tolerable, hundreds of millions of people. No trust, confusion, etc 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Google Plus may be more private than Facebook, but that doesn't mean you should act like a fool online. Some advice: 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Golly, all these new ways to give Google more personal information about myself. I just don't know where to... stop. 50 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

RT @Padday: Seeing Google+ in public is like bumping into an ex-girlfriend. 53 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Funny, I wasn't briefed on Google +. They probably think I'll hate it. But I just got an invite. CC: @alfredtwo 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Here's why I'm not going to tell you wht I think about Google +: truth is everyone else is in charge and we'll see if it's used @SidBurgess 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Google+ signup has gender selection that includes "other" -- plus indeed... 1 hour ago via Seesmic · powered by @socialditto

Google+ allows segmentation of social graph into multiple first-class subsets (friends, family), goes far beyond Facebook Groups. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Google's Launch Of Google + Is, Once Again, Deeply Embarrassing -- Facebook Must Be Rolling Its Eyes 2 hours ago via Business Insider · powered by @socialditto

Google announced a new social network today.

In related news, Myspace is now up for sale. 3 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Here's more on that last point.

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.

Chris Crum

Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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