Google+ Is A Year Old: Happy Birthday?


So, a year later, what do you think of Google+? Has it become part of your routine, or are you still somewhat annoyed with having to “deal” with it?

Personally, I’ve folded it into my routine pretty well, although I will confess that there are rare days where I completely forget to check it. It’s not quite as much of a routine as Facebook is for me, but I’m finding that I get something completely different out of the site.

But Google’s goal with Google+ isn’t really about replacing Facebook; it’s about creating a seamless Google experience with ALL of the products Google offers. An article at Computer World highlights the goals Google has for the site.

And that fits in with what Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO, said last October. Page, speaking during the company’s third-quarter earnings call, said he plans to use Google+ to change the experience users have while using Google.

“Our ultimate ambition is to transform the overall Google experience, making it beautifully simple, almost automagical, because we understand what you want and can deliver it instantly,” Page said last fall. “This means baking identity and sharing into all of our products so that we build a real relationship with our users. Sharing on the Web will be like sharing in real life across all your stuff.”

It’s also important, I think, to remember that compared to the way Facebook rose in users over it’s lifespan, Google+ actually looks pretty darn good. It’s not meteoric by any means Google+ claims 150 million users with only about half that actually using the site daily, compared to Facebook’s 800 million but it’s slow and steady. As Google continues to integrate its products into Google+ and add cool new features like Events it’s likely to keep growing.

So, make sure you’ve got your Google+ profile all shined up and ready, because it’s only going to get better from here!

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