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Is Google+ the third wheel in a Facebook/Twitter lovefest?

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner  (Source: ibtimes.com)
LinkedIn CEO believes the social network won't fit in very well with what's already out there

Today marks Google+'s three-week-old birthday, and in its short time on the internet, it has grown considerably in popularity. In fact, it celebrated 10 million users just last week. While some predict that this number will continue to skyrocket, others believe the social network won't fit in very well with what's already out there.

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, joined AllThingsD's Kara Swisher and super-agent Ari Emanuel on stage at a Churchill Club event last night and discussed certain aspects of Google+. Swisher asked how many social networks could coexist at once and if there was a limit, and Weiner mentioned that Google+ may not have a place in the online social networking realm.

"Nobody has any free time," said Weiner. "Unlike social platforms and TV, which can coexist, you don't see people using Twitter while they're using Facebook, or using Facebook while they're using LinkedIn."

Despite Weiner's idea that the above-mentioned social networks cannot coexist, he went on to describe that each one serve's a different purpose in a person's life. For instance, Facebook is for family and friends, Twitter is used to "microcast" your thoughts, and LinkedIn is for your professional life.

But Weiner doesn't see where Google+ will fit in. With Google+ serving the same purpose as any of the other networks, one of the others will have to lose in order for Google+ to win. After just using Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, Weiner just doesn't see where people will have the time for an extra network.

"You introduce Google+, [but] where am I going to spend that next minute or hour of my discretionary time? I have no more time," said Weiner.




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