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Five Thoughts on: Google+

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl) So, it’s been about a week and half since you’ve been on Google+. In that week, you’ve formed some circles. You’ve chatted with some early adopters. You’ve read, if you’re anything like me, about a hundred blog posts and articles about how Google+ is going to kill Facebook (it isn’t) or Read more

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by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)

So, it’s been about a week and half since you’ve been on Google+. In that week, you’ve formed some circles. You’ve chatted with some early adopters. You’ve read, if you’re anything like me, about a hundred blog posts and articles about how Google+ is going to kill Facebook (it isn’t) or destroy Twitter (maybe…) or revolutionize the state of how we use social media platforms (not yet).

I thought it would be fun to poll some of my contacts on G+ and have them share their thoughts on the platform, its adoption, usability and what they think of its future.

 

Here are some thoughts, as of July 5th, 2011, six days after the launch of Google+ (right before a holiday weekend!):

 

Matthew Knell, AOL: Right now, Google+ is TheFacebook, and we’re all at Harvard getting the first peek. Only we won’t bring down the campus network, and we have a good idea of what happens next.

 

Kristin Apperbrink, Real Simple: I really like the hangout feature. I tried it with my friend and my sister last night. It’s very fast and it was easy to understand everyone. None of the pausing or freezing like with normal video chats. It’s probably a good thing my work computer doesn’t have a web cam.

 

Daniel Licht, Zemoga: It’s got great UX and interface, its simplicity is great and it’s got legs.

 

Aryeh Primus, formerly Hewlett-Packard : Love the ability to create quick specific/single-purpose circles, and am empty circle I’m using for thoughts to myself since only can see it. I’m psyched to see what happens with the “nearby”stream when there are more people posting.

 

Benjamin Haas, Control Group: Dig it so far…I’ll be happier when more people are on it and I get more frequent updates in my stream!

 

So, now that Google+ has been open to all those with a Gmail account since July 8th, has it changed your perception of the platform? When the networks (and the people you could add to your circles) went from being early adopters, social media professionals and tech geeks to being your friends, family and neighbors (and yes, I understand there is probably an overlap there. If you’re like, me, there definitely is!) did it change your view on Google+ and its circles? For the better or for the worse?

 

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