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Is Google+ the Next Big Thing in Social Communities? Will you login to Google+?

Sliced bread Several days ago, Google launched Google+, a new social networking website and its latest effort to compete with Facebook. This is not their first foray into that space - Orkut, Google Buzz, and Jaiku have all at least touched on this arena. Just as it did with GMail, Orkut, and a number of its other offerings, Google is using the "invitation-only" method for the initial phase of the site. Despite this model, interest in the service drastically exceeded Google's expectations forcing the company to shut down invitations and signups shortly after the launch. Some of the features of Google+ include: (scroll down for selected screenshots): In 2005, MySpace was bought for $580 million by News Corp. In 2006, it became the most popular social networking site, but in 2008 was overtaken by Facebook. Though Facebook is in no danger of losing its pole position any time soon, according to at least one source, Facebook's traffic has fallen slightly in recent months. Will Google+ do to Facebook what Facebook did to MySpace? That is the $2 billion question. Google+ has at least two distinct advantages: What Google+ is lacking right now (but presumably will have very quickly) is the developer API. It's coming and when it does come, the Facebook - Google+ battle could get interesting. If you weren't among the lucky few to get one of the Google+ accounts while they were available, check out these screenshots.

Selected Screenshots

The Google+ home page, or, "stream"

Representation of Google+ Circles

Google+ Sparks

Google+ and Facebook Mobile menus

Google+ and Facebook Mobile news feeds

+1 Button in Google Search Results

Let us know in your comments what you think about Google+ and whether you think you will use Google+, Facebook, or Twitter the most! image credit: tinpalace

Friday, July 01, 2011 written by David Torbert
Tags:  Android, API, Facebook, GMail, Google, Google +1, Google Apps, Google Circles, Google Huddle, Google Photos, Google Plus, Google Profile, Google Sparks, Google Stream, iPhone, MySpace, News Corp, Orkut, social media, social networking, Sparks, The next big thing, Twitter, United States Congress
Categories:  Social Community, Technology
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