Last week, our Lori Lewis put together a nice post about Google+ and what it may mean for all of us. Despite Facebook's ability to totally permeate our lives, you have to give Google credit for trying to innovate with this new service.
Facebook may very well respond to Google's newest stab at social media greatness, especially with their own version of "Circles." But maybe that misses the point.
RAMP's Keith Berman commented on Lori's post, some of which appears below:
(Google+) is yet *another* service where people will have to put up all their pictures, profile particulars and start from scratch in building out their information -- have people been with Facebook so long that they've hit social-media fatigue and won't want to switch over? Personally, I don't have the time or the inclination (and have other areas to spend the time & effort) to set up an entirely new full profile, which is why my Google+ profile is fairly bare-bones at the moment. I've already spent years building up my Facebook profile and connections, now I have to start all over again on Google+?
Keith's reminded me of being single, and the fatigue of meeting someone new after a breakup. The time and effort it takes to get to know someone new - and for them to gain an understanding of who you are - isn't just challenging.
And perhaps that is Google's biggest speed bump. Google+ may indeed have superior features to Facebook, but the amount of time it takes to set up a new profile, get acquainted, and create a digital presence so that people can "get to know you" in a new community is daunting.
And then there's Facebook's amazing heft. Last year I asked my daughter if Facebook might be wearing a little thin with her and her friends. She indicated she's spending less time on Facebook, so I asked her if she would ever consider dropping out.
She told me that while the thought of being off the Facebook grid has some definite appeal, it is simply unthinkable. As she explained, her entire friends and family network is housed on Facebook, making it virtually impossible to leave. Her life and times float through Facebook.
And in the face of that reality comes Google's challenger to the throne. And perhaps it's a good one.
But will we make the extra time necessary to test drive and learn yet another social network? Let me know your thoughts about Google+ by leaving a comment.