Google+: Facebook should be _very_ worried

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  1. JohnDroid

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    Facebook made a name for itself by starting as a closed network available only to Harvard students initially and then branched out from there to other college campuses. It gave an air of exclusivity to the network and gained critical mass through that approach. After they had reached a stage where they could no longer be ignored they opened the floodgates and allowed anyone onto the network.

    Many Facebook users have already grown tired of the network, and having Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa view every update of your drinking binge or dirty joke certainly hasn't helped the feeling of being overwhelmed with your information being shared with everyone and no easy way to fix it.

    Google+ is banking on a totally new way of sharing information and giving you an easy way to decide who get's to see exactly what... without making you jump through hoops to do so. Facebook would have to turn their entire culture upside down to accomplish this and it goes against everything they've said they stand for in the past... the open sharing of ALL information.

    Early adopters can make or break a social network, and Google+ seems to have attracted and won over a huge percentage of very valued early adopters. I'm talking about Hacker News users and their near total preference of Google+ over Facebook.

    As seen in this poll: Hacker News | Poll: Google+: Like it/prefer it to FaceBook, Google+ has over 1023 votes that like it and prefer it to Facebook, vs 160 votes that prefer Facebook over it.

    That's a huge margin of victory for a beta product that is still very tough to get into and does not yet fully support profiles for Google Apps. If I'm a Facebook stock holder at this point, I would be very worried. We all know how fast a large social network can fall from grace. Take a look at Myspace - from $580 million to $35 million over a course of less then 6 years. And in reality, they were pretty much in the coffin after only 2 years.

    Now I don't believe that Google+ will kill Facebook but I do believe that it will steal a large amount of market share and prevent Facebook from taking over. It will make Facebook honest with how it treats app developers and users, much like Android has done to keep Apple honest and more open.

    This is good for consumers and good for the Internet as a whole.

    As an aside note, we have put up an entire site dedicated to Google+, you can visit it at this URL: Google+ / Google Plus Forum

    (Source: http://www.googleplustalk.net/forum/google-news/15-facebook-should-_very_-worried.html)
     
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    We won't know anything solid until it's open to the public. The anticipation isn't really killing me, but I still can't wait to try it out. I probably wouldn't vacate my Facebook, however.

    The video chat feature (especially if it works with Mobile Phones, which it seems like it will) and the separation of groups so easily are really setting it apart from Facebook.

    If Facebook wants to counter, they will simply implement a more user friendly List system. But I don't think that'll be able to counter the video chat features of G+ or the application versatility that it will have very quickly, being a part of Google.
     
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    Technically, Facebook is not a public company, so it's not like their existing shareholders can up and sell their stock since it isn't publicly traded. Depending on how much noise Google+ can make over the next few months, it may have a sizable impact on Facebook's valuation when the rumored/planned public offering finally does come around. In the end, when Facebook does go public, Mark Zuckerberg will still be a billionaire, just that he may only be worth $2-3 billion rather than $10 billion.
     
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    its rigged pretty sure. i voted for I like it but done prefer it to facebook and the tally didnt move...
     
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    Facebook in trouble? PFFFT. They just rolled out integrated Skype video calling on Facebook today!!!! Google+ looks awesome, but it will not have any ill effect on Facebook.
     
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    I doubt facebook has to worry.

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    Google+ kicks the crap out of Facebook. As soon as I can get the bulk of my true friends on there I will simply stop logging into Facebook.
     
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    I'm making that jump the moment I can, I mean, I got a virus off of facebook. It doesn't deserve my trust at this point.

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    i already prefer google+ over facebook,, but i dont think facebook has anything to worry about. they have 500M+ members, there's not going to be any issue of them collapsing.
     
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    How can I get into this Google +?
     
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    you have to be invited as of now, but Google has shut down the inviting because of the demand. dont know when/if they'll open it up again
     
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    Can I get an invite from anyone. EMAIL REMOVED
    Appreciated! :icon_ banana:
     
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    Facebook is only still around cuz it's really the only show in town for MOST users.

    Google+, from what I've seen, will definitely rival it. Far richer function and superior quality user experience. Privacy will definitely be an issue for both.