Thoughts on Google Plus

Much has already been written on Google Plus. Here are a few of my favorites:

Right now, the tech community and other early adopters have raved about the new social network. So far, it’s received a better reception than Google’s previous effort – Buzz. But only time will tell whether or not Google Plus will become a success. Here’s what I think:


  • Combines the public nature of Twitter and the private nature of Facebook.
  • Strong visually – akin to Tumblr.
  • Strong integration with other Google tools, making it more valuable.
  • Hangouts seem fun.
  • Circles are intuitive, and the privacy controls represent a step forward compared to Facebook.

Things to Improve

  • It’s a lot like Facebook.
  • No integration with other social networks. It seems clear that Google wants to strike out on its own.
  • There’s no visible difference maker. What’s going to be the thing that pulls the masses away from Facebook or Twitter?
  • The mobile app has no way to reshare items.

The one big thing I’m a fan of, and that I’ve seen some people do, is using Google Plus in different ways than Facebook or Twitter. What ways are you using it?

Published by David A. Kennedy

I work as a Senior UX Designer at Ad Hoc, focusing on accessibility.

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