Google to take on Facebook with Google+

Google introduced a new social networking service called the Google+ project – which happens to look a lot like Facebook. The service, which is initially available to a selected group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links, much as they do on Facebook.

But the Google+ project will be different in one significant way, which Google hopes will convince people to use yet another social network. It is meant for sharing with groups – like colleagues, roommates or hiking friends – not with all of one’s friends or the entire Web. It offers group text messaging and video chat.

Aiming to take advantage of flaws in networking on Facebook, Google said, “Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the substance of real-world interactions is lost in the rigidness of our online tools. In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.”

Google said, “We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project.”

It would offer options of networking, including ‘Circles’ interface for adding friends and sharing ‘what matters, with the people who matter most’ and ‘Hangouts’ interface for group video chat.

“The debut of Google+ will test whether Google can overcome its past flops in social networking, like Buzz and Orkut, and deal with one of the most pressing challenges facing the company,” said The New York Times.

“At stake is Google’s status as the most popular entry point to the Web. When people post on Facebook, which is mostly off-limits to search engines, Google loses valuable information that could benefit its Web search, advertising and other products.”

But Google+ might be already too late, the paper said.

“In May, 180 million people visited Google sites, including YouTube, versus 157.2 million on Facebook, according to comScore. But Facebook users looked at 103 billion pages and spent an average of 375 minutes on the site, while Google users viewed 46.3 billion pages and spent 231 minutes.

“Advertisers pay close attention to those numbers, and to the fact that people increasingly turn to Facebook and other social sites like Twitter to ask questions they used to ask Google, like a recommendation for a restaurant or doctor, because they want more personalized answers,” The New York Times said.

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The Discussion

  1. Asmita Baz says:

    Thanks for the gud news that google will provide the facilities as facebook in google+ networking site.Do send me the request please, 🙂

  2. sanjay kumawat says:


  3. Google+ could attract more users if they dropped the over 18 requirement in signing up. As I’ve had discussions with high school students interested in joining but can not due to fear of being booted off. but there are still some under age users.

  4. I think there is nothing wrong with this because many people who have their own Facebook account will not experience having problems with this. Thus, thank you for sharing this update to use readers.


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