Google+, the Facebook Killer (for People Who Actually Care About Facebook)
Let me start this out by saying that I have nothing but respect for Google’s “invitation” system of letting everyone in the fucking world into their services. Remember when Gmail was new? You had to know someone to get in on that shit. Putting an @gmail.com address on your business cards meant that you were a savvy tech-user rather than a penniless grad student.
This feeling of exclusivity was, of course, entirely bullshit; everyone and their cousin had Gmail invites. They wanted people to use their service. And they wanted people to feel like it was a privilege.
So I’m happy to see that particular bit of corporate fiction return with Google+, which I already hate just on the basis of how awkward any punctuation looks immediately after it.
But as to the rest of the service (guess what? I got invited by a friend!), I think it is the absolute Facebook killer. I mean it. The thing that will just clean their clocks.
If you give a shit about Facebook, anyway.
Because let’s be clear. Google+ is an absolutely shameless clone. Look at this thing:
Now look at Ye Olde Booke of Faces, that precious relic of history:
There is not a world of difference here. They do the same thing. Google’s only real claim to innovation is the idea of “circles” that allow different people to see more or less of your updates depending on how publicly you want to share things.
And if you are someone who uses Facebook in a serious way — say, to keep track of your grandparents’ birthdays and to share photos of your topless keg stands with your friends — this is a crucial, crucial upgrade.
For the rest of is it does not matter in the slightest. Google+ is just one more thing to keep track of because someone we know is using it, and not Facebook, and we have to make sure we’re in touch with that person too.
So if I have recently friended you on Google+, or vice versa, congratulations. I promise to pay every bit as much attention to you as I do to my Facebook friends.
Write me a goddamn e-mail if you want my attention.
I just hope that the absolute victor emerges quickly, so we can all go back to just one system for ignoring people. Thoughts?