Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is celebrating a successful first week for its Google+ social network. Evidenced by a scramble to get an invite, users copying their Facebook friends into G+, and even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opening an account. What does this sound and fury signify?
- On the one hand, we've seen many "Facebook killers" come and go.
- On The Other Hand, who remembers Friendster, Bebo, Hi5, or MySpace?
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Sharon Gaudin reports:
[Google] has been overwhelmed with interest and had to stop taking new users ... even if they received invites to join. ... [T]he invitation process will be opened and closed periodically as the company works on getting the network ready.
Google took the wraps off its new Google+ project ... after months of Internet buzz that Google ... could take on Facebook, now the largest social service in the world ... [with] more than 500 million users.
Chris Brogan muses thuswise:
Google+ is built to take you away from either Facebook or Twitter (or both), and it could do it. ... [Y]ou control privacy in a way that makes clear and obvious sense. ... If Google Music integrates ... it’s a powerful entertainment media platform. ... The Android integration for G+ is strong already ... this could shift mobile OS choices, and spending.
A standalone Google+ Apps version ... would trump most white label social enterprise tech easily. ... People keep citing the FB has 600 million, so no one’s going anywhere argument. AOL, anyone?
Fred Wilson explains why he likes it:
Facebook didn't kill MySpace and Friendster, they killed themselves by ... their inability to respond to changing market dynamics. ... Google+ fills a void between public and private, it serves ... an older [demographic] less interested in hooking up ... and more interested in the social utility.
So I'm rooting for Google+. I think it will serve users who aren't being served ... on the social web right now. ... I think it will be a strong new platform for developers. ... [B]oth of those are great things for the web ... and entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, Robert Scoble drops a name:
Funny. Most-followed person on Google+? ... CEO of Facebook. ... I just texted Zuckerberg to see if it is really him.
Zuckerberg just texted me back. Says "Why are people so surprised that I'd have a Google account?"
And it's not just Zuck, notes Ben Parr:
Tom Anderson, best known as the default friend on MySpace ... never has to work again, rarely speaks out about the decline of [his] company ... [but] broke his silence on a Google+ thread.
Anderson thinks Google has the opportunity to truly realize his original vision. “Google+ really seems to be primed to make good on [the] premise that everything gets better when it’s social. ... Google already has the most advanced set of products. ... I think what we are getting is a much better Google.”
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