Google Talks About Google+'s Progress, User Activity
October 13, 2011 1:37 PM
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Google+ Vice President of Product Bradley Horowitz responded to Google+'s reception and ability to compete with Facebook and Twitter
Google+'s release back in late June had many Google fans and social networking enthusiasts buzzing about a potential Facebook rival. The number of members grew quickly for an invite-only service, hitting
20 million visitors
by late July.
But as time rolled on, the buzz died off and many resumed their daily Facebook or Twitter-related digital lives while Google+ fell fairly silent. Reports stated that there were many accounts, but hardly enough activity.
Over the months, Google released new features such as
, a search option,
(Hangouts on your phone, Hangouts On Air, Hangouts with Extras, etc.), and finally made the social network available to everyone without an invite.
Now that there has been ample time since the social network's release to observe its position in the competition against the likes of Facebook, which is very feature-heavy, and Twitter, which prefers to keep it simple, Google+ Vice President of Product Bradley Horowitz responded to Google+'s reception and ability to compete.
"We will compete on features -- including simplicity," said Horowitz. "We are absolutely in a feature race, and I think we will run that race. If I had to say what fraction of Google+ is launched right now, we've just got the very basic foundation in place. Profiles, circle editor and stream, that's sort of the minimum viable set of features that you need to start doing interesting things."
In regards to the number of people using Google+ and the actual
activity taking place on the site
, Horowitz said that outside speculation "can't grasp the 'dark matter' of Google+," with dark matter referring to private sharing. This private sharing, according to Horowitz, contributes to two-thirds of all Google+ activity.
"I think in the early going there was a lot of looking for an alternative [to Facebook, Twitter, etc.]," said Horowitz. "But I think increasingly the people who are using Google+ are the people using Google. They're not looking for an alternative to anything, they're looking for a better experience on Google."
Google+ is integrated right into Gmail, and can be found in the tabs on the search engine's page. Horowitz even mentioned a Google+ button on Google Maps to send directions to friends and family.
But Horowitz said
isn't just a utility that can be found within other Google services.
"That's one rendering of it," said Horowitz. "But there's a stream, there's a circle, a profile, there's Hangouts, there's games. It is both a means of communication and a destination."
Horowitz added that new features would be released to Google+ on a weekly basis through the end of the year.
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google+ is too public
10/14/2011 1:19:30 AM
I do have FB and google+, and I was excited that google+ came out, but they ruined it from the beginning. I couldn't personalize my account. You have to use your real name, and everyone from my gmail list was automatically added to my account. I didn't like how all my google accounts were added to my google+.
It's time for another social service, but one that is very user friendly, where the user has control over everything in their account. To be able to be anyone you want without having to use your real name, and only add those who you want and no one else knowing that you have an account unless you invite them personally.
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