I’m on Google+. So are most of my coworkers. Apparently about 18 million other people are on there too. And my initial feeling is it’s cool, but not cool enough for me to leave Facebook or manage profiles in both places.
I know there are differences. I know about circles, the lack of ads, no farmville, and a host of other features designed to address annoyances with Facebook. But I also know Facebook started without ads, farmville, and a bunch of other things that have come with the growth. If you expect Google+ to be ad and annoyance free forever, then I have a site called myspace.com I’d love to sell you.
The biggest difference being touted are circles. As one of the minority that takes advantage of grouping Facebook friends in to different categories (let’s call them ovals), I don’t see the real draw. Not only is it easy to make groups, but it’s easy to specify which content is seen by which group.
This would be a good time in this post to point out that I could care less about the success of Facebook. I’m not a stockholder yet, and they don’t send any business my way. But I am invested there. My friends are there along with my pictures, updates, notes, and games. In order to pick up and move to Google+, I need something significantly different.
I see it like having two houses on the same block. Each might have it’s own charm or different layout, but they both have a kitchen, some bedrooms, and some bathrooms. You get to use both, but you’ve got to clean both. You have to mow two yards, pay two electric bills, and furnish both. But at the end of the day, you can only use one at a time. This is how I see Facebook and Google+. And in that analogy, I already have a nice home over at Facebook, so why would I want another that is essentially the same? A vacation home at the beach? Sure. And that’s why I’m on Twitter and LinkedIn. While they aren’t exactly vacations, they are different enough from Facebook to warrant the time.
So what do you think? Are there differences I’m not getting? Are you staying put on Facebook, moving everything over, or attempting to maintain both? I for one am secretly hoping Google+ goes the way of Google Wave. Nothing against Google, but I just don’t have enough interesting things to say to keep two networks up to date!