Google Plus. Why has it not taken off?

Peter

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I don't think people know what Google+ is. I have been asked what it is and my answer has been that it's Google's version of Facebook but I'm not sure how accurate that is because I don't use Facebook and I try to avoid creating a Google+ profile but it's not easy.

People already have Facebook so why would they use another social media that no one else use? What is the unique benefits of Google+? I don't think they will succeed in making it popular by simply forcing people to use it. It's just irritating and might have the opposite effect.

I don't think the name Google+ helps very much. It's too similar to Google, the search engine with privacy concerns. Who want's to hang out at a search engine?
 

solangit

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Google has made it to the point that if post and update them it will increase your chance of being found and listed on the 1st page of a google search. Google will promote themselves, and they aren't ashamed


I think it is much more inclusive... everything from blogger to facebook status... and ability to tie in everywhere
 

nicholas29708

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I personally think that Google Plus is unnecessary. I think Google has done a great job with diversifying in a lot of different markets, but their social presence really lies with YouTube. They should really focus on Youtube and not worry about Google Plus. Facebook and Twitter, along with Instagram have really not provided an opportunity for Google Plus to excel, and I do not see that changing anytime soon.
 

weilrich

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Lots of people sign up for Google+ because it is difficult not to if you are a gmail user. However, I have found NOTHING compelling about it. When I visit, it is static. People post erratically and infrequently - almost as if it were an afterthought: "Oh, yeah - I should post this to G+." Originally, I joined Facebook for the role-playing games. After I tired of those, I began to appreciate the community. When my friends post, I see a timeline of their activities. We occasionally use the online chat. Google+ is so empty that I imagine crickets chirping when I visit.
 

Genesis

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Dark Shadow said:
I'm still looking forward to the day Google or Microsoft buys Facebook. :p
Haha .... that would be a major world event. Like completely take the carpet from under the BIG competitors' feet. Good part probably would be that we'll get the ability to make more flexible Web pages. Facebook seriously lacks in that Department.
 

oisd

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Being a Google Product, Google Plus getting popularity among the SEO companies. People are using it for getting SEO Success in a short-time. Still Google is trying to make it cool for the general users.
 

hyakken

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i think google + is anoying, not many people actualy care about it . i think its better for google to take it off
 

LiveWire

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Why people don't use Google+:

- G+ Came later, when Facebook was already so much popular. People found no good reason to switch to G+.
- G+ has too much features that no one has explored completely.
- Privacy issues. All Google services are integrated. But we want separate social network independent from other services.
- Facebook has multiuser games/apps since very beginning.
 

gonzoateafly

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Honestly, I just think people want to use what their friends are using... and everyone is already using facebook. If Google+ had come first, it might have been that winner. I do really like google hangouts though, we use that for work... it works a lot better than pretty much any other chat and cam service I've used, and the video conferencing support for multiple people is super well integrated and very fun to use. I really like that it "highlights" the person that's currently talking by making them the main screen.

Skype should have made their multi-user solution free sooner, I'm betting they've already lost a good share of the market to google now.
 

Lycos

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Simple answer. Facebook. Google lost. First it tried to buy it out and it wouldn't bite. Then it tried to compete with it and that didn't work either. Facebook is a pretty formidable force and Google has probably met its match.
 

weilrich

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I have just started using G+ more and Facebook less because of FB's policy of performing undisclosed psych tests on its users (apparently through the innocuous method of asking people to take silly polls that return ridiculous answers, e.g. "if you were a Disney character, which one would you be"). I don't take those polls, but I can see that my friends do. It upsets me that FB thinks it is within its rights to gather this information, correlate it, and make it available to the highest bidder - after all the polls are free and the choice to take one is up to the individual.

What do you think? Is this ethical behavior on FB's part?
 

Genesis

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weilrich said:
and make it available to the highest bidder -
That is wrong. The worst part for me is that it was done without the permission of the people who participated, but then of course FB probably has that covered in a tiny TINY print in a TOS. BIG guys like these just have the right lawyers to make the worst wrong pass in court.
 

Lycos

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weilrich said:
I have just started using G+ more and Facebook less because of FB's policy of performing undisclosed psych tests on its users (apparently through the innocuous method of asking people to take silly polls that return ridiculous answers, e.g. "if you were a Disney character, which one would you be"). I don't take those polls, but I can see that my friends do. It upsets me that FB thinks it is within its rights to gather this information, correlate it, and make it available to the highest bidder - after all the polls are free and the choice to take one is up to the individual.

What do you think? Is this ethical behavior on FB's part?
I completely agree with you. Just not so sure whether your average person on Facebook is paying attention to it as a large percentage I'm sure aren't as computer literate or aware of what is going on than people like us. Facebook is a craze, people go on to a crazy mindless wave length when they are on Facebook, and I guess Facebook is counting on that.