A Wall Street Journal prediction that Google+ which is currently in beta, will give Facebook a serious battle for users. PG admits the description of Google+ addresses some of the things he doesn’t like about FB.
Rule No. 2 is to deliver a better service. Adopting a new social network could prove similar to adopting a new email address: Many will try it out, but to keep using it, they have got to be given good reason. That Gmail offered significantly more storage space than typical Web mail meant millions were willing to make the switch. Similarly, Google+ offers upgrades on what many perceive to be Facebook’s shortcomings.
For starters, Google+ gives users a handy way to organize their social contacts into different “circles”—friends, relatives, colleagues, etc.—with which they can share appropriate things. Though Facebook now offers the option to create “Groups,” users broadcast their information to everyone by default.
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The biggest hurdle for Google+ is getting users, of course. But it is integrating the service with Gmail, which already has 240 million unique users world-wide, according to comScore. Meanwhile, the user experience on Facebook is a victim of the site’s success. Users have accumulated so many online “friends” it can be difficult to organize them. And users often feel assaulted by too much or irrelevant social information, like Zynga game updates. Ultimately, Google+ is a chance for social networkers to start over.
Link to the rest at Wall Street Journal
There is a more detailed analysis of Google+ at PC World and a very-detailed user-created Google+ Guide reportedly written by 120 people at the same time, with Chinese, German (Tips und Tricks) and Russian versions being created simultaneously. PG wonders how that would work for a quick romance novel.