Facebook and Google at each others throats? Social media arena threatened by Google+

Google+

The Google social network
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Google+ .The project

Facebook seems pretty riled up by Google's upcoming social network Google+. The new social network by search engine giant, Google, promises to be something to look forward to. Having been slammed in various blog posts as dull and boring,I took a look at it today and there just might be something to write home about.

Hangouts

The first feature that struck me was the Hangouts. This is a feature that shows who who is hanging out where and you can join them to have a face to face chat. Google brands this as "Until teleportation,it's the next best thing ." The concept is solid and as close to real time as one can get online.

Instant Photo uploads

With this feature,the photos you take are instantly uploaded (automatically) to your Google+ private album. This feature is indeed an upgrade to uploading photos manually to your social network album.

Sparks

This feature enables you to basically bookmark your interests directly into your social networking site.In a way you will be cutting out independent bookmarking sites and having it all in one place, using one site.

These are some of the features that Google+ will offer its socialites. The big question then is, will it take off technically? With the brains behind Google I expect it to take off and perform better than expected. The second big question is ,what on earth (no pun intended) is Google trying to do, take over the web? Well, the question of monopolising cyberspace has been around for a long time.My take on it is, let s/he who has the brains,do what they have to.


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

MArk Zuckerberg
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Facebook brings Skype on board

On the other hand,Facebook has plans to bring Skype on board. Skype, the free (Skype to Skype) voice/video calling application is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft (Did I see you cringe?) Facebook's interest in bringing this application on board does not really spell any major changes in social media usage.On the contrary,I personally like to keep Skype away from social media as I keep it for more intimate connections and business.Intergrating it into a social media begs the question-how much can one do? Chat by text,"like" ,"post", "poke" and now "skype" under one roof? Well I am no expert in social media predictions but my guess is people will prefer to keep Skype out of it. Back to the cringe factor-Microsoft is not the best of Masters, the last acquisition it had failed dismally, not to mention that inspite of the upgrades it has invested in Windows, it still has a lot of damage control to do for its awful history. By and large, the incorporation of Skype pulls in Windows which I think is not a good publicity and business move.Again,I am no social/ software guru but I have my reservations.

This article may come across as a bashing of Windows and Facebook, well, in a lot of ways it is.

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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

Yes Google + seems very cool, Google+ is mix of both world facebook and twitter. You can say, after failing several times, Google hits back with big bang. Check my blog post about my views on Google +

http://www.answersfm.com/2011/07/google-plus-revie...


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Temirah 5 years ago

This is really interesting - I got an email asking me to join someone on Google+ just this morning. Like you, I was surprised that the tech aspects didn't work very smoothly as I'd expected, given the brain power behind the project! Time will tell...


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Temirah. yes I think time will tell.I am pretty sure Google will get it right


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Interesting review - I doubt Google can compete with Facebook or Twitter, but you never know...


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Lady_E. Maybe their power is in search engines,we will see


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I remember a few years ago how everyone had a MySpace page, and now that site is mostly used by bands. Facebook is the big kid on the block right now, and Google is the big search engine, but eventually there will be other search engines and social networking sites that take over. Back in 1997 Yahoo was considered the pre-eminent search engine, but today people do not use that site as much as they do with Google.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Sweetiepie. That is so true,we have been through yahoo and myspace and back then they were it. I believe it will settle in its rightful place,I see internet being taken over by Google though.Thanks for passing by


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nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

Alladream74, count me as a fan. I salute the way you write using very clear and understandable words. This presentation of the competition between Google + and Facebook is excellent. Keep up the good work.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Nick071438. Thank you very much.I appreciate your comment


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm not sure what to think. I'm sick of my "home base" social network sites being changed up by unseen forces. . . .and I'm also not so happy with Facebook.

I'm also worried about the absolute power of Google. . . .

That all said, I've got a Google + account, and will be happy to add you all if and when it takes off.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@ Wesman. Thanks, please put me on your list of adds, would appreciate that alot. Thanks


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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Very interesting hub. I still haven't heard a whole lot about Google+, but it's clear that Google wants to take a bite out of Facebook's market. I really can't blame them, especially with the competition they pose to AdWords. It'll be interesting to see if this project is more successful than Orkut.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Bud. I think it will be more successful than Okurt. The way I see Google is ,they are very strategic and have a system of trial and error which puts them in a position where they have a firm understanding on what works and what does not.I fear for Facebook


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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Good point. I think you're right.


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nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

I've received your reply and was too happy to receive a birthday compliments from a distant land. Thank you and may you write more hubs for inspiration.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Interesting review! I really enjoyed this hub.


mib56789 5 years ago

Hi Alladream74! Supplied a link to this HUB at my HUB about the same subject. FYI.

http://mib56789.hubpages.com/hub/Will-GOOGLE-Do-to...


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@mib56789. Thank you for that. I appreciate the support.

@katrinasui. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for passing by


Lissa 21 months ago

You're the grteetsa! JMHO

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