Google+: See What the Experts Are Saying
The search engine's new invite-only social networking venture launched yesterday and already users are forming opinions.
Google launched its new invite-only social networking service, Google+, Tuesday, and reviews are popping up all over the web.
Here's what users, who are dubbing the service 'Google's answer to Facebook', are saying about the new venture, whose access is currently restricted to around 200,000 people.
"It seems that all Google has done has taken what works for Facebook and tweak it slightly for their platform," writes CBS News. Quipping, "Miss your Facebook News Feed? You've got your Google+ Stream now to help you stalk your social network."
Adds Wired, "Google hopes that eventually people will gravitate to the stream in the same way that members of Facebook or Twitter constantly check those continuous scrolls of personalized information."
Though The New York TImes points out that the service does have some differences to it's Facebook predecessor. Saying, "It is meant for sharing with groups — like colleagues, roommates or hiking friends — not with all of one’s friends or the entire Web."
The Washington Post contributor Semil Shah says that the program "seems to be a slick-looking yet potentiallyWave-like confusing constellation of social 'circles,' 'huddles,' 'hangouts,' and 'sparks' that could, theoretically, lay the foundation for new, more nuanced social networks to form."
"The most attractive feature is the one that Google has been pushing hardest - the Circles idea which helps you organise just how much you share and with whom. You create various Circles - friends, relatives, colleagues - and then drag your contacts into them," says Rory Cellan-Jones of BBC News.
The company's latest rollout comes after unsuccessful tries with social networking in the form of the widely-recognized failures Buzz and Wave.