By now I am certain that you have heard something about the new Google+ and maybe you are one of the lucky few that have already gotten an account. If you have not received an account yet I am sure that you have at least thought about being one of the thousands of people on all Social Media sites asking for an invite. And this is exactly the response that Google was hoping for by limiting the number of people/invites available for their new Social Media platform.
By ensuring the demand was greater than the supply, interest and curiosity is naturally going to grow. It’s human nature for us to want what we can’t have. So you might be upset or think it’s dumb that Google has limited the number of people that can join each day, but ask yourself this, “If you and everyone else were able to join freely, would you have heard about it?” I ask because many have found out about Google+ by seeing someone they know ask for an invite and then out of curiosity researched what it was they were wanting an invite to. Personally, I think the way that Google+ released the new platform was short from brilliant. So what is Google+?
Google+ is a new Social Media platform, designed and launched by Google. In my opinion and many people’s opinion what makes this platform stand out are the “Circles” in which you place your connections. You place similar people in each Circle, for example you will likely have a “Family Circle” where you’d put your parents, siblings, grandparents cousins, etc. Then every time you do something on the network such as a status update or photo upload you are able to choose which Circles can see that activity. I think this will be extremely powerful for the younger generation, wanting to hide certain activities from their parents. We’ve all seen them, underage teens putting pictures up from last Friday night’s party. Google+ also plays off the recently launched +1 Button as well by listing everything you +1ed right on your profile, this will surely increase the popularity of the button and I would assume increase web traffic to sites receiving +1’s from the new button. All-in-all the hype is continuing to grow about Google+ and as more people are able to get in, the interactions and connections will start to flow. Many ask if it’s going to ever make it, or if it’s going to dye off, I believe it’s here to stay. However, I don’t think it’s a Facebook killer, Facebook is too large and part of too many peoples daily lives to dye off that easily.
What are your thoughts on Google+, are you already using it more than Facebook? Do you need an invite still? Share your thoughts big or small below in the comments field, and don’t forget to hit that +1 button below the post as well!
This article was written by Trevor Kohlhepp with the Social Brothers, LLC