A eulogy for Google+

“It may not be dead, and it’s entirely possible I’m shoveling dirt on something that’s still writhing around, promising me it is in fact the next big thing, but I’m now deaf to its cries. Google Plus is a failure no matter what the numbers may say,” Paul Tassi writes for Forbes.

“25 million users in barely a month is nothing to sneeze at. Google Plus holds the honor of being one of the fastest growing websites in history, and these early numbers had analysts screaming that Facebook would be all but dead in a few more months,” Tassi writes. “But today I click on my newsfeed and see tumbleweed blowing through the barren, blank page. It’s a vast and empty wasteland, full of people who signed up but never actually stuck around to figure out how things worked in this new part of town. One simple click takes me back to Facebook, and my wall is flooded with updates and pictures from 400+ friends. This just isn’t a contest, and it never will be.”

Tassi writes, “To know why G+ has failed, we must first look at how Facebook succeeded.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Premature.

 

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

45 Comments

    1. Businesses aren’t going to get integrated until Google+ can show that there are some users actually doing something on it. There’s no need to try to connect with people who aren’t doing anything. The whole point of businesses on social media is to generate new/repeat sales, not spend time talking to nobody.

      1. What Social media needs is something WITHOUT businesses crawling all over it, analyzing your every move and click. Facebook started great, then came the capital and almighty love of the dollar. Now it is nothing more than a tool to part you with your money and in some cases your freedom. When did we all become such lemmings??

  1. Google is coming far too late to the world of all-encompasing social networking sites. Fragmentation and specialization is happening, and the idea of ‘1 social site’ to serve them all is already on the decline.

  2. You guys are likely diehard geeks, but what about the droves of people who have finally come around to Facebook or MySpace? Google isn’t making a simple, convincing, clear case of why people should adopt. The newsfeed looks like anything else and a few circles to click isn’t going to cut it.

      1. You SHOULDN’T trust them, ever. You are the product, the commodity they are selling, you voluntarily opted in. DOn’t be fooled, your data is now theirs and they will sell it out to whatever end they see fit. That is the simply reality of Facebook.

  3. I have also a “gmail” account and I haven’t subscribed yet to Google + since they haven’t fix the bug (they cal l feature) that expose all your personal info. Not that I have much but I don’t like the idea that google will sell you for a dime. even that, I don’t think I will ever do that.

  4. “… and these early numbers had analysts screaming that Facebook would be all but dead in a few more months”

    I think any opinion that follows the word “analyst” can safely either be ignored, or used as a signpost to travel in the opposite direction.

  5. I’m embarrassed already by the fact that I have a FB acct, and have dabbled in with Twitter even. I follow ZuneTang and Craig Ferguson on Twitter, I think.

    Have no urge, curiosity etc. for Google± etc. However, if FB and G± can kill each other, I say, so much power to them then.

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