Google+ Project Aims To Be The End-All Social Networking Service

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Welp, here goes. Google just opened fire on Facebook, Skype and who knows who else. The company has tried for years to properly get into the social networking field, and it has become somewhat of a running joke at this point. There's Wave, Buzz, and lots of other dead Google dreams, but the Google+ Project may be the one that finally takes off in a major way. It's a new service that's launching this week in the form of a limited field trial. If you don't have an invite yet, either ping someone that has one, or just wait patiently.

It'll contain profiles, circles, sparks, photos, hangouts, sparks, and who knows what else. Basically, this is a monumental effort to coordinate your Google contacts (and beyond) and place them into silos where you only share certain content with certain silos. It's great in theory, but we can hear the privacy advocates breaking down the walls in Mountain View already.


Google claims that this is "real-life sharing," better known as "rethought for the web." It's actually pretty tough to explain in words. Even Google recommends just watching the video below for the full explanation, so we will as well. Look for public invites to go out sooner rather than later, if we had to guess.

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LBowen replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 7:56 AM

Google v.s. Facebook, now that is an interesting match-up. Going to have to see if I can find an invite to check it out.  I'm definitely digging the "circles" feature.

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I am loving the look of how this is going to work. What I wonder is if Facebook will be introducing some feature similar to this to fix the grouping that they have now. I know I have groups set up with different privacy settings.

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Manduh replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 8:34 AM

I'm pretty excited to try this out! I know someone who got an invite a while ago but by the time he tried to sign up they were already full for beta testers :(

I wish they would give us a public release date!

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Manduh replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 8:37 AM

Oh you can sign up to receive updates/invites here: https://plus.google.com/up/start/?sw=1&type=st

It's hard to say if any new testers will be a part of it though.

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PFeenstra replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 9:31 AM

Two evil corporations vying for all your personal information. No one company should have that much power.

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It will be tough for Google to gain market share in the social networking space.

I see Google trying to distinguish themselves from the competition but Facebook has a firm footing here. If anyone can pull it off to me it's Google, but it will be an uphill battle no doubt.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 12:00 PM

Hey thunder you can say that with myspace as well back then, and maybe something else before that. It just really depends on what the people want, many people are dropping away from facebook because of privacy issues... so ya who knows what is the next thing?

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notryan replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 12:44 PM

If this winds up being any good and doesn't have the ridiculous privacy concerns/information selling of facebook then I'll def join up. I've been wanting to ditch Facebook for a while (because Zuckerberg is an a-hole, to put it simply) but haven't been able to because all of my friends, family etc. are on it. If I can convince them to move to this I'll have no problems.

Remains to be seen if they'd be willing to give up their games, though.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 1:07 PM

Facebook privacy is overrated. You just have to decide which info and which pictures you want facebook to know about/sell, and leave the nasty stuff on the other sites.

And about Google, I don't know how their attempt at social networking would work due to their +1 project having less enthusiasm than normal but hey, I'm up for new things, especially anything that Google tries.

 

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 2:31 PM

XKCD was in great form for this.

 

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eunoia replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 4:17 PM

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...pending.

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HHGrrl replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 4:17 PM

This looks interesting. I like the circles aspect of it. What's the sparks part? I missed that.

As for the privacy concerns, they'll always be there - with Google, with Facebook, with any service.

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Oliveoil replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 10:06 PM

This definately looks interesting but i don't see anyone beating Facebook in the social network domain; they are just too big. I might try it but its hard, especially when everyone is on Facebook already

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