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Is Google+ a serious contender for Facebook?

David Beharall
David
After 11 years in professional football David retired in 2006 to set up CandidSky. He currently holds the position of Managing Director.

July 8, 2011

2 minutes

google+

More like sharing in real life

 

Google has launched a new project called Google Plus, that has got everybody talking, including the CandidSky office. Google+ is a new social networking project that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. The new site is Google’s 2nd attempt and aims to bring a number of innovative ideas into one space.

 

But will people dismiss Google’s new creation, seeing it as an imitation of Facebook?

Google has said they want to make “connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world.” One feature the new project has introduced is organising people into circles, where you can put your friends, parents and your boss into separate groups – like in real life.

Better privacy

The privacy and selective sharing of your information is impressive. Your parents and boss will never see pictures of you on a Saturday night, but your friends can. I think this is what will draw people to Google+ as you can control who sees what, a feature Facebook simply doesn’t offer.

Another serious contender is the Hangout feature. You can have face-to-face video chats live on your computer screen with your mates, something Facebook is currently trying to set up with Skype. Launching the unplanned meet-up feature has got people excited.

A serious contender for Facebook?

I like Google’s new project, it is more realistic than other social networking sites. It is true to life in the fact you keep certain groups of friends or family separate and you never introduce them to your boss. He is in a group all on his own. This will definitely impress people and will help avoid those awkward friend requests you simply don’t want to accept.

Is it a serious contender? We think so.

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