No, Google+ is not going to fail.December 22nd, 2011 by Gerben van Erkelens
I need to get this off my chest. Lately I’m talking to a lot of people about Google+. They immediately think it’s going to fail…and use dumb ass (yes, I need to be that rude) reasons for it!
People are expecting something different than with other social networks or think it fails because Google “failed” with everything social like Buzz and Wave. Pretty stupid isn’t it? In my opinion it is! I’ll try to explain my problems with the five most heard reasons.
Reason #1: It’s exactly the same as Facebook
For a part yes, but someone who says this hasn’t used G+ for more than 15 minutes…I think even less than that! If you’re really using G+ you’ll find out that it works differently, better and more clearly than Facebook. You’re in control here!
Reason #2: Nobody is on it
Define nobody please. 50 million people are on it right now I think, so there are definitely interesting people available. I agree there aren’t lots of people like on Facebook, but hey! Facebook had nobody on it in it’s younger years, just like Twitter and other social networks. So saying something like this without proper reasoning is a #fail. You’re just bitching!
Reason #3: Yet another social network?
I agree! Yet another one, but one that gives you the control of what you do and share unlike other social networks. But this is an interesting reason…when you’re on a certain number of social networks it’s frustrating to see another one come up again.
But think of it this way. New ones come and others die. I’m seeing it right now with Hyves in the Netherlands. People are migrating to Facebook more and more…
Reason #4: My friends aren’t using it
Well get them the heck on Google+ :-). No just kidding of course. In my opinion this is one of the most important reasons for people to not migrate. It’s similar to the second reason but adds the magic of friends.
Try this: Use the social network which contains your friends for your social posts and use Google+ to follow interesting people (you don’t have to know) and engage! It’s not an easy step to do, but it’ll add so much value.
Reason #5: Yet another account I have to create
Sorry, I think this is complete bull. Are you that lazy that you can’t create an account that takes only a few minutes of your time? Come on, that’s not the main reason is it?
So you see, most of these reasons are not really supported by a decent opinion. Sounds like bashing to me. On the other hand, maybe people are getting used to the phenomenon and expect a large user base from the beginning, which isn’t logical to be honest.