I’ve stopped counting on the amount of time I’ve been asked to predict the future of Google Plus. The newspapers seem to do the same reviews. One day they are amazed with the amount of downloads, the next they are certain the time is over because visits has gone down.
The fact is that it is the fasted growing social network ever, however, everything seems the be the fastest something nowadays so with the power behind google, I’m not surprised. However, I do not intend to predict the future of Google + here, I intend to give you my thoughts on the network so far.
Truth is, so far I love it. With that said – I do expect quite a few developments and improvements over the last few months.
Circles – both private and open
What I like so much is the combination of the social features with facebook/twitter – or at least my way of using them. With circles instead of friends or follow I can create groups of people I know better and groups with people I just find interesting.
Huddles – Great on mobile – necessary on web
As far as I can tell huddles are meant for mobile and chat for web. But I love the huddle because the conversation can keep going when I’m not around. I would love to have the same feature on the web. A bit like the new facebook groups were it sometimes is too much action.
Hangouts – Better in theory
Hangouts comes with a clear purpose, and they have a role to fill. I would know, I requested it a few month ago in another post. However, the necessity for the users to install a plugin and the fact that there is not a mobile version yet means that it has still a road to go. But it has potential. Real potential.
What do you think? Please share your first impressions as a comment 🙂