Jul 13 2011
This week I finally got invited to Google Plus! The system Google is making to take on the social networking world. I have messed with it for a few days and am fairly impressed with it.
Not everything is as polished as Facebook, but give it time and I am sure it will catch up. The service is still in a very early stage of testing.
I’m confident enough in the service that I am going to try to make the switch entirely off of Facebook. I will be updating my facebook status still sometimes because I still use Twitter and it updates my FB status for me, but other than that I will be sticking with Plus.
Hangouts are fun!
Hangouts are a group video chat system, pretty neat actually. Once you announce you are going to be “hanging out” and with which circle (or group) you want to hang out, anybody from that circle can jump in or out at will.
No Annoying Apps!
One great thing about Plus, there are not a million farm town requests waiting for me when I login! Sure the Facebook flash games are fun, but a social network is not supposed to be a gaming network.
Should you switch?
The question about whether you should switch entirely or not is up to you. Plus is not nearly as popular as Facebook yet, meaning you will have less of your friends on there. I would suggest giving it a couple of days and really mess around with it before you decide. If you want an invite, just let me know! (Link below)
Profile URL Shortener
Google is against making things easy sometimes, so your profile ID will be nothing but a huge number. Instead you can shorten it with a service called gplus.to. You can create a unique URL that will forward to your plus URL. Try it out! My URL is gplus.to/JonZenor.
What are your thoughts on plus so far? Think it will have a chance of pulling users away from Facebook?