Throughout the past few days, invites have been sent, talk has been spreading, and online users are wondering about on thing: Google Plus.
The social networking world has been changed with the release of Google's beta version of its social networking site that lets users connect with others on a more personal basis. The site allows people to categorize the people they know, personalizing the way that communication is exchanged. While the site allows for people to be sorted, people don't know which categories they are placed in. This capability is a reason that people are enjoying Google Plus.
“I'm excited about google+ and I don't know why. I think I enjoy categorizing the people I know,” said Megan Emigh, a Tech student.
Google Plus enables users to tailor their image to a specific audience, but there are some definite similarities between Google Plus and other social networking sites, such as tagging people in photos and status updates. The recognizable attributes of this site might have some wondering what the big deal is.
“HOW IS IT SO SIMILAR TO FACEBOOK?!?! Or more accurately, how isn't it a lawsuit?” asks one student, James Clark.
Some people, however, are merely confused by the site.
“Hmmmm google+ kinda confuses me.... but I'll get on it... as soon as I have time to sit and play with it,” said Katie O'Toole, a recent graduate. Other people just don't know what purpose the site serves.
"'I'm not really sure what to do with it," said another recent graduate, Amanda Posadas.
Currently, the main difference between Google Plus and other social networking sites is who is on it, or rather, who isn't on it, which is a lot of people. The lack of users is an issue that a lot of people are currently talking about, some directly on the site
“I love Google + but I wish there were more people using it, lol,”said Richard Sansom, a current student in a status update.
Since the site is in its beta stage, it is not accessible by everyone. Joining the site has been by invitation only. The home page for the site says that Google Plus is at capacity, indicating that even an invitation can't get some in. Even so, some users feels that this site has a lot of potential.
“It's not bad. I like the security a little better, and while it's got a few bugs yet to be worked out, being that it's still in an early version, I've got to say I have high hopes for it,” said Griffin Swartzell, another Techie.
Google Plus is just the latest site to add new features to social networking sites. It probably won't be the last, but some are already indicating that this site will be replacing other popular sites, like Facebook.
“Once Google+ gets off the ground I think it can beat Facebook,” said Wade Kloppenburg in a comment thread to another student.
What Google Plus means to the world of social networking cannot yet be determined, but it's an impact that will be closely watched by users, shareholders, and competition alike.