Well it was about a week ago that I wrote I would try Google+. At first blush, I liked the look and feel of Google+. However, I knew it would take a little time to get the real feel of it. A week ago, I was concerned that Google+ might just be redundant and unnecessary given that we all seem to use Facebook. I was wrong.
Google+ has a very different vibe going on than Facebook. First, I would say Google plus+ feels snappy and looks clean. Facebook by comparison has a lot of ads. I wouldn't say Facebook is spammy yet, but not too far from it. Second, people on Google+ seem much more open and accepting than those on Facebook. Facebook feels like it is more for personal friends and family whereas Google+ seems to be more about meeting new people you don't already know. I think this is because the idea of different circles or levels of intimacy and privacy were with Google+ from the start whereas with the original Facebook version this wasn't an option.
I really like that you can search out on Google+ for topics. This is very useful to find other people that are sharing and interested in a certain topic. When I was only on Facebook, I never felt that I was missing anything, but now it seems really lacking in the ability to reach out to others. After all is not that point of social networking?
Of coarse Google+ can feel a little commercialized when you search. For example I want to find others that are interested in weight loss. When you search, it seems to me that about 80% will be people selling diet pills versus 20% who are blogging or discussing weight loss. However, finding the 20% seems worth it because for the most part the people seem friendly and open to conversation.
I am not giving up Facebook anytime soon. Facebook is the go-to site to find your friend from childhood simply because it is so massive. Right now Google+ just doesn't have a very wide reach. If you start putting in your friends from Facebook, you will be shocked by the number of people who do not use it. However I am certainly enjoying using it. I am meeting new and interesting people. I just hope more people will try it out. Feel free to circle me. The button is on the top right. What are your thoughts? Which do you prefer and why?