Google Plus Update – Five Days On…
It would probably make more sense to read this then go to the original post – it is quite long by blog world standards.
Invitations are no longer required – Google plus is now public.
It is going to be huge – users already number over 10 million, a figure that Twitter took 3 years or so to hit. It has taken Google plus about as many days. This means that the platform is going to be successful which means that people will invest a lot of time in it. The critical mass has already been reached that insures growth.
Google plus isn’t so much a replacement for other social platforms but, as someone wrote the other day, a layer that sits on top of them. Flickr will survive and even probably benefit as Google plus allows for what Flickr doesn’t, a fast fluid line of communication between users without the compartmentalization along with the opportunity to conduct some business. I have changed my mind regarding Picasa and will still use Flickr as my default storage place. I will use Picasa but more selectively. Another factor that influenced this decision was the fact that Google charge hundreds of dollars a year to increase storage space. The one gig that they allocate for free use is just enough to appear generous but it is an easy amount to use up. Flickr allow unlimited storage for around $25 a year – big difference.
It also appears that there is a good third party tool that allows for removing your photographs in bulk. A free version allows for 50 images to be downloaded at a time and a $30 version allows for an unlimited number. One potential problem is that Flickr, i.e. Yahoo are very twitchy about third party tools that do things in bulk and that have potential usage issues so things could change quickly. Bottom line it is a bit of a crapshoot but my instinct is to take my chances with Flickr – the photographs in question only represent the backup of a backup so to speak.
Backing up a little, Google+ may not be a replacement for other platforms but it will eat into the finite amount of time that people spend on social networking sites. My hunch is that Facebook will lose a bit for this reason but a lot of Facebook’s user base will not migrate easily. Twitter will be the big loser and watch out for Google attempting a merger/buyout – you heard it here first (maybe). Twitter is currently 90% noise and people now have a platform that does all the good stuff and makes the annoying stuff easier to avoid. As I said earlier this will give Flickr an undeserved boost – it will solve many of the platforms problems before the management even realized that their was a problem.
Here is my Google+ page go see what all the fuss is about (: