How Google+ will replace Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Email & eBay
Monday 4th July 2011 7 Comments
Google+ is the social media toy of the moment. So far most people seem to think that it might even be so awesome that it could topple Facebook.
I have been lucky enough to have received an invite from @R2UK and below are my thoughts so far as to how Google+ might take over the world and replace blogs, Twitter, Facebook, email and eBay.
Quick Google+ Overview
I’m aware that most people don’t have Google+. In fact most people I know haven’t even heard of it.
Therefore, if you are one of those people, think of Google+ as being rather like Facebook but with greater privacy control settings. You add friends into circles and when you post you can specify whether to make your post public, visible to only certain people, circles or extended – your friends and their circles.
It also has a number of extra features which have cute names like huddle and hangout.
How Google+ will take over the world
Well it’s not going to happen overnight but I like what I’ve seen and once Google+ opens its doors to everyone it will be very interesting to see what happens.
Replacing Blogs & Twitter
It seems to me that sending a public post is similar to posting on Twitter or writing a blog post.
There is some loss of functionality but I am guessing that will come with time e.g. there is no concept of Twitter hashtags.
Also I only seem to come across public posts when one of my friends comments on a post. But the viral marketing opportunities are plenty.
For private posts like photos of the kids or what you did last night, you simply post to certain circles.
But even better is that you can use your circles to only tell those groups of people who you think are interested in certain things – or to exclude certain people from seeing your posts, like your parents or your boss.
And the mute button which turns off notifications for that post is just pure genius – it will I’m sure get used a lot.
Instead of email, you just post to people or circles.
Again the mute button will be very useful, but it will be both fab and annoying. Great for if you get fed up with the constant difficulty some people have distinguishing between the reply all and reply button. Annoying if someone replies with the expectation that you are listening.
Google+ is definitely the first tool to really put some meat to the idea that email will cease to exist in the future.
The cost of selling on Ebay has rocketed. We now use a local Facebook group to buy and sell for free.
Extended posts could be for buying or selling. Where you hope that if your friend is friends with this person it will mean that they won’t rip you off. Only problem is that because the circles work as they do, people will be more relaxed about adding everyone. So I think the extended circles will be less trusted than the same concept in other social media tools.
Do you have a Google+ account? What do you think of it so far? Could you ever see yourself giving up blogging, Twitter, Facebook, email or eBay for Google+?