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Google+ is open — Should You Care?

PhoticsPhotics Posts: 4,172Member
edited November -1 in Miscellaneous
Apparently, Google+ no longer needs an invite. I could join up right now...

...or right now!

...or even right now!

...but I'm not. 1) I hate Google. That tends to happen when an AdSense account goes from several hundred dollars on the plus side, to closed. 2) I'm not a fan of social networking sites. Why build up another website instead of my own? 3) Aren't most people on Facebook already?

I was about to dismiss this news, but then something caught my attention... games.

What if GameSalad uses this to become the next Zynga? What if YOU or ME could use this site to create the next Zynga?

There are some nice features...
http://www.businessinsider.com/new-google-plus-features-2011-9?op=1

Yet, it goes back to the same problem... I already have a website. I'd rather put my games there. If I have a need to broadcast video, I can already do that.

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  • BlackbirdStudiosBlackbirdStudios Posts: 493Member
    Well I think something to consider is how Zynga got popular. Through Facebook. If they had not put their games on Facebook, they probably would not have gotten to where they are today. And its possible that no one would even know who they were. Facebook was basically their greatest tool in the creation process. The ability to connect with friends and play free games is very appealing to people. And Facebook is the biggest social network right now.

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  • BackUpAndDownBackUpAndDown Posts: 685Member
    The door is open, someone just needs to get their foot in it.
  • EatingMyHatEatingMyHat Posts: 1,246Member
    had an account early on, I think it is useless and will die in a year or two.

    It was just published that Larry Page last post was Aug 15 (more than a month ago) and overall posts are down 41%.
  • PhoticsPhotics Posts: 4,172Member
  • old_kipperold_kipper Posts: 1,420Member
    I feel G+ may well be on the way to challenge Facebook, but how it pans out only time will tell. My age probably tells in my deep seated reluctance to put my life online, and I will be late coming to any party of social media unless it's carefully controllable from my end and for the specific purpose of promoting my work. Privacy seems to not concern many of the young, in fact it seems many want to avoid it. Its a change in mindset (perhaps the celebrity culture is responsible?)...

    just a minor waffle.

    kipper (old)
  • mu-kowAPPSmu-kowAPPS Posts: 233Member
    i dont know if anyone else listens to "this week in startups" or "this week in tech" or "this week in google" or "tech crunch" buut. most people who use AND like G+ say that there is much more interaction and feedback. more meaningful content and less "noise" (i.e. your random friend just harvested 100 corn, you can too!)

    different network for different purpose.

    linkedin is a good example.

    G+ will develop a role and people who want that will go there.
  • DizkoDizko Posts: 498Member
    I reckon ignoring Google+ would be a mistake. There's always room for a niche market and there are loads of technically inclined people who loath Facebook just a little less than Google. Google+ is targeted towards those people and once those people make the jump, Facebook is in trouble. People put up with Facebook because there hasn't been a decent alternative until now. It might take a while, but Google+ has the potential to knock FB down a few notches.

    Either way, exploiting both is beneficial to developers.
  • BlackbirdStudiosBlackbirdStudios Posts: 493Member
    Yes, I haven't used it and I can already tell you that it has less "noise" because social games have not been introduced yet. When they are, the noise will increase.
    Dizko said:
    I reckon ignoring Google+ would be a mistake.

    I agree, this is a great opportunity for game developers, and maybe even GameSalad itself. If someone could create a stellar game and release it in G+, they could possible see some real success. But watch out, I guarantee that companies like Zynga are already creating G+ games.
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  • DizkoDizko Posts: 498Member
    BlackbirdStudios said:. But watch out, I guarantee that companies like Zynga are already creating G+ games.

    They already have a couple games up there as well as Angry Birds and PopCap has a couple games up there too.
  • BlackbirdStudiosBlackbirdStudios Posts: 493Member
    Dizko said:
    They already have a couple games up there as well as Angry Birds and PopCap has a couple games up there too.

    Yea that doesn't surprise me.
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  • theCodeMonsterstheCodeMonsters Posts: 359Member
    Yeah, I would say G+ isn't going to make it past a few years. The only reason Google decided to make it in the first place is because Bing(the search engine) took on facebook liking on search results so Google retailiated by making whole new social network and implementing it with their search engine so your "friends" could say wich link they like best in the results page.
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