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Why is Google Plus So Successful?

Most pundits didn’t believe there was room in the digital society for yet another social network. People’s need to communicate, chat, gossip, mingle, was sated by Facebook and Twitter. They used MySpace as proof–the once-front runner being pushed to irrelevancy not so much for poor quality as other options.

So why has Google Plus landed like a cannon ball in a crowded summer pool? By all accounts, it has over 10 million users and these by invitation only. I’ve only read one negative review (a well-written thoughtful piece, btw) on it–everyone else seems to love it. Why is that?

There are two theories:

  • Google Plus is really great
  • People really hate/are sick of Facebook
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Why do we like Google Plus so much? (Cartoon credit: Xkcd)

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Will we all become G+ers?

If you’re one of the early fans, what’s your reason? Feel free to add an alternate. And, feel free to add me to your Writers Circle.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, member Editorial Review Board SIGCT, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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2 thoughts on “Why is Google Plus So Successful?

  1. The problem with Google + right now is that not many people are on it and for the most part I don’t know how to use it other than share and add people to my circles.

    There’s needs to be a better tutorial on how to maximize use of it. Maybe that’s where you come in? ;)

    • For me, it’s not harder than FB, but I didn’t use FB much so I might have missed stuff. Right now, I post to FB and g+, but my G+ circles are small enough, I have time to pay more attention to everyone’s posts–and because of the nature of circles, comments and ideas are focused on my interests. I’m approaching as many people in my circles as I have on Twitter, but compartmentalized. Does that appeal to you?

      I’ve read some excellent tutorials on G+. I’m going to put some thought to your suggestion. Maybe I can add something to the conversation. Thanks for visiting, Ollin.

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