Google+: Would it kill Facebook?

Posted by Shikha Kedia | Posted in Review | Posted on 28-07-2011

Google’s most awaited answer to Facebook in the social networking zone has arrived in the form of the Google+ Project. And the alert call is Google+ was launched on the same day (29th June, 2011) when MySpace, (the leading social networking site of the pre-Facebook era), was sold for just $35 million to an ad network which shows how rapidly social networking giants can rise and fall.

However according to Google, Google+ project is their attempt to make online sharing even better. They aren’t trying to replace what’s currently available; they just want to introduce a new way to connect online with the people related to you.

The biggest thrust Google has for pulling people towards using Google+ is integration. It will build Google+ social networking features and tools into almost all of its existing online services so at some point of time it would seem silly to jump out to some other site (Facebook) to do your social networking.

BUT before we jump on to any conclusion we have to accept the fact that none of Google’s product has been able to generate the fire in social media be it Google Buzz or Wave which were largely ignored or Orkut which almost faded out with the coming of Facebook. Also the fact that Google+’s key feature — the idea to organize your friends into ‘circles‘ and share certain content only with certain circles — isn’t really unique or new: Facebook already offers ‘lists‘ that lets you select which content is seen by which friends.

So people what do you think? Would Google+ kill Facebook?

Comments (7)

  1. Seems so……

  2. seems so…..

  3. Hmm… Plus is quite interesting, but I don’t think it would be able to stick a sword in Facebook’s tummy… Facebook has its own level of respect as far as “social networking” goes. Besides, G+ looks so “formal” and stuff.

  4. Well Google+ has just arrived. And as far as level is concerned no one thought Orkut which had the first mover advantage as social interface could be almost wiped out by Facebook.
    You never know if history repeats itself with Google+ taking FB’s place.

  5. Hey Shikha, that was a great read!

    We all still have that vivid how Facebook ramped over the decline of Orkut. And so am I worried for Facebook taking any wrong step when the social media is already edged by the biggest industry player, GOOGLE.

    Though I do not want to look like one of the FB’s loyalist through my post but I wish if facebook could hit upon some magical spell to retain it’s popularity. Let’s see what time saves for us 😉

  6. Yep Chetan! Lets see. However with the way facebook is coming our with features like its new chat window and theatre mode(Photo Gallery) I am sure most of us curse such changes which would only pull the “LOYAL” FB users towards Google Plus. 😉

  7. Well i know i m little bit late here, but cant stop myself to comment here while bringing the latest fact…
    Fb has beaten Google+ also with its popularity.
    They really tried hard and bring out few innovative measures. Some of which i liked, some of which i really dont… :)

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