In April 2012, Adam Metz wrote a blog post suggesting that we were seeing The beginning of the end of Google+. He provided several reasons to validate his hypothesis including the lack of time users spend on Google+ when compared to the other prominent social networks.
Later in April 2012, Donovan Colbert offered his rebuttal to Adam in a blog post with the title: Reasons we shouldn’t count Google+ out yet. Donovan thinks comparing to Google+ to Facebook as an indication of success is incorrect. A better comparison is Google+ versus Twitter and in that comparison Google is more likely to be a success.
What we think
Personally, I like Google+ as a platform. I find it much cleaner and much less confusing than Facebook’s for example. The circles metaphor is simple to understand and implement, so I give Google+ an edge in that regard. However, Facebook is where the people are and that is a tough demographic to overcome.
Of course, the social network I use more than any other is Twitter: short and sweet, get to the point, what’s on your mind and then go away - that just appeals to me on so many levels.
But the real question is what do members of TechRepublic think about the subject. So I took a quick poll and the respondents basically consider the overall prospect of Google+ being a success to be about a 50-50 proposition. It will be interesting to ask this question again in a few months to see how the member-attitude evolves.
What is your favorite social network? What is the social network you actually use most often? Are the answers to those questions the same?