I was excited when I heard about Google +. Â I was even more excited when I was able to start using it. Â I usually like when Google introduces a new product, so I was looking forward to being able to use this new social network.
After a week, I have to admit that I’m disappointed. Â Google+ is no Facebook killer. Â It doesn’t really even have the features to compete with Facebook. Â No groups, no pages, no wall, no direct message. Â Its more like twitter than anything else. Â And I already have twitter.
I keep seeing messages saying “You’re using Google+ wrong” or “Stop trying to use Google+ like Facebook”. I see an inherent problem with statements like that. Â You can’t tell people how to use a social network. Â People need to be able to use it the way they want to use it. Â You can directÂ your users through design to use it the way you might want them, but you can’t tell people that they are using it “wrong”. Â They have to find how they want to use it. Â And I don’t know yet how I want to use it, or if I want to use it.
What do you think of Google +?