Trademark CEO Dwight Zahringer sat down with me to talk about the social media world’s newborn baby: Google Plus (read Wired’s excellent in-depth look at it). Will Google Plus be a Facebook killer? I’ve been using the service since it launched and while it’s still definitely in “beta”, the potential is there to be a premiere social network. Hear my thoughts on why I think that is (hint: interface is more important than I thought.)

We cover circles, circles, and Google’s new instant upload for Android users. We also talk about circles. We then come around full circle and talk about whether or not Google-as-a-platform on Android is a potential threat to iPhone. Circles.

Yo dog, I heard you like circles...

So hang out with Dwight and I as we discuss the new social network that everyone’s buzzing about (lol get it?). Are you signed in to Google+ yet? What do you think about it?

Edit for Monday morning: Check out AllTop’s Facebook / G+ Infographic

Oh, the poll questions:

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2 responses to “Google Plus: The Facebook killer?

Posted by jrmerritt

Almost everyone I know talking about Google+ seems pretty psyched about it, but I’m skeptical as to whether it’ll be as revolution social media-wise as they’re predicting. That said, I agree with Brian that Google+ has a much cleaner look and simpler interface than Facebook, especially when it comes to privacy controls. Combined that with Facebook’s rather complicated interface and increasingly more intrusive ads (not to mention their ever-changing privacy policy, etc.), plus Twitter’s problem with spam, I think it has a good chance of replacing Facebook and Twitter as the default social media network for most people at some point.

The fact that you can actually edit your comments is another bonus. That’s enough to sell me.

In the end, I think it’ll all depend on how Google plays it, especially how well they integrate new features and service (it’s pretty bare bones at the moment). I think there’s enough buzz out there to get people to join, and pretty much everyone I know uses Google and has a Gmail account, so I don’t think it’ll be that hard to get people to eventually switch. The only question is whether they’ll stay.

I think that predominately tech savvy people will find it more appealing at the beginning. But as Brian points out, the circle feature definitely has a lot of promise; and if Google plays their cards right, I think it’ll be extremely popular with a variety of people in that it allows you to have a lot of sub-networks within your larger network with little-to-no crossover (e.g., family, friends, co-workers, etc.). Even the beta version makes sharing things will certain people, and them alone, much easier than on Facebook since you have the choice of which circles you share each comment, picture, video, etc. with, and that’s something Facebook should have done a long time ago (along with the ability to edit comments).

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

Posted by dean.duncan.jones

In my opinion, Google+ has the potential to be a Facebook killer, or at least put a major dent in its adult population. I think that over the next year, as we have seen over the last week, Facebook will be in “catch-up” mode and trying to replicate the features of G+. This is similar to what MySpace had to do when Facebook started taking over the SM market.

That being said…I am an avid Google product/service user and have beta tested almost everything they’ve ever released including buzz, voice, wave, etc. etc. Google may F this up if they can’t do two things.

First, they need to figure out a way to expedite the iPhone app. G+ is most appealing to me, for some of the reasons that Jason mentioned, but also to be able to quickly upload videos/photos, etc. The faster they can get an app developed and approved by Apple, the better it’s going to be for them.

Secondly, they need to get it out of beta and opened up to the public (or at least many more invitations available) very soon. Google historically takes too long to open up to the public and they need to do it while they’ve got the hype….at a gmail release speed, not at a Wave speed.

Overall, I’m very excited about G+ and I hope that Google makes the right moves, and quickly, over the next month or two.

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

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