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Poll Results: The success or failure of Google+ is still just a coin flip

In April we asked if Google+ was doomed to imminent failure. TechRepublic members think that result is still more or less a toss-up.

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?

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
sullivanjc
sullivanjc

MySpace is where the people *were*. How did that work for them in the long run?

The Daleks
The Daleks

Facebook is like Times Square: everything screams for your attention at once, and much of what the system wants to sell you is unsavory. Google+ is more like Grammercy Park: quieter and fewer people, but more relaxing than menacing.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What is your favorite social network? What is the social network you actually use most often? Are the answers to those questions the same?

dcolbert
dcolbert

MySpace was a pioneer, but they never had the kind of momentum that Facebook has now... It was security and malware that drove people away from MySpace. Facebook has been much better at managing those problems - but any social network that falls prey to those symptoms will face the same fate that happened to MySpace. Just keeping this one active - I want to see the follow up and see if Google + is getting traction or not.

jfuller05
jfuller05

A lot of my friends moved states away from me. Through facebook, we've been able to talk, share content and be close (not physically close of course) again. I actually use Facebook to reconnect with far away friends and even talk/share content with friends of mine who are still at home. I keep up with techie stuff here on TR mostly, but I do venture to other places like packet pushers and rickatron's podcast blog. So yeah Facebook is my favorite social network and I actually use it often.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

you felt like digging up a zombie. For the record, if TR can be considered a social site, then it's my favorite (and only) one. Maybe security and malware drove other people from MySpace, but it's privacy concerns that keep me from its successors.

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