OT: Google+

Submitted by Rescue_Dawn on July 3rd, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Has anyone tried google+ yet?  What are your initial thoughts?  

Thought this would be a good spot for people to hand out invites if they have some.....I am looking for one myself....please send one to [email protected]






July 3rd, 2011 at 7:50 PM ^

I've been on it for a week now. It's a very clean version of facebook (no games or quizzes or little ads on the side). Your friends can be added into different groups (circles) and you can choose what to share with which circle.

They have a video chat system called Hangout which is nice but I'd like to try it out with more people to see how it holds up. 

If you have an Android phone you can download the Plus mobile app which allows you to setup Huddles, which is like group messaging/chatting. I havent played with that yet, though a friend tells me its a good feature when you have a bunch of friends and want to communicate at the same time. 

I had invites until Friday, but now they've disappeared. I heard it might be opened up soon but if I get any invites I'll head back over here and let you know.


July 4th, 2011 at 12:14 AM ^

Not to sound like I'm against this, because I'm actually really excited about it, but Facebook was really clean in the beginning too, and I know that the games are coming to Plus because they have found the framework for them in the code.

Also, circles are just like friend lists in Facebook with a nicer and more prevalent interface.

I'm looking forward to hangouts, huddles, and a company that I trust a lot more with my information than Facebook.


July 3rd, 2011 at 7:59 PM ^

It's not another flop like Google Wave. Wave was an exceptional idea but they did a terrible job of exposing it to anyone but the social network's cutting edge. I really like how clean it is compared to any current websites. I'm really excited to get an invite and try it out. If anyone has available invites please feel free to send me one :D! [email protected]


July 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 PM ^

With Google+, it seems that they are trying to compete directly with facebook instead of creating their own unique social networking system.  That being said, after trying it out for a few days, it definitiely has some good ideas with my favorite being their circle system.  One of the problems with facebook is sorting out all your friends and family and Google+ seems to be focusing a lot on this area.  It is also nice to be in complete control of who and what people see on your profile page.  


July 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 PM ^

I like Google+ a lot. With the "circles" you have much more control over who sees what than you do in fb or twitter, and its much easier to filter only the stuff you want to see. The hangout feature (live video chat) just works. fb doesn't have this at all and it is much easer to use than Skype.

Unfortunately, Google has turned off invites due to insane demand, but I expect they will be turned back on soon.

This is a good, if kinda long, backgrounder on Google+. Worth the read.


July 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 PM ^

Was invited to Google+ by a friend that works for the company about a week ago. Overall, not really that impressed. It's another social network...

I would give out invites to all that are asking, but I have not seen any invites give as of yet.


July 3rd, 2011 at 9:27 PM ^

Been on it for four days so far. Hard to evaluate a social network when I only have two other friends on it right now
<br>It is cleaner than Facebook and the circles are easier to use. But, Facebook does essentially the same thing (and more) it's just that setting up the groups and permissions in FB take a little time
<br>I've essentially split my Facebook into friends/family, coworkers, gaming friends, and my music friends. Once I set up those groups, it was just a matter of placing people in a group.
<br>I think google+ just does a better job o putting their "circle" idea out in front as a central piece of the network, but I really don't see anything too innovative about it
<br>Right now it's clean without the ads, but I expect google to start placing ads all over soon for revenue. That will be the true test if I stick around or not.


July 3rd, 2011 at 10:05 PM ^

Very true.
<br>I know a lot of people dislike Facebook games, but I happen to enjoy playing one or two at a time. They are typically something I could do during a five minute break at work so they don't consume my life and don't need to be installed on my hard drive
<br>So having said that, I think google+ is missing out without games. If they could find a way to let people play games without spamming the rest of the known universe they might have something.


July 3rd, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

I find them super annoying.  Especially b/c FB is using my information (posted or not) to select ads on my page.  FB is sketchy w/ privacy issues.  I think google should differentiate itself from FB by avoiding these issues. 


July 3rd, 2011 at 9:57 PM ^

Visits michigan?

That is more interesting than evaluating search engine companies attempt to do social. Makes me think about Facebook clunky doing geolocation. Can't be worse than yahoo's attempt to " reinvent" itself.

Still, the google guy is blue so he must know what he is doing here.


July 3rd, 2011 at 10:44 PM ^

I've been able to invite people by sharing something I've posted with their e-mail address. If it's still working, everyone who posted an e-mail should have an invite.


On a side note, I was looking through my family's old photo albums a couple of weeks ago and found a handful of pictures and a ticket stub from a 1953 Washington vs. Michigan game in Michigan stadium. I snapped some pictures with my phone, so that's what I picked to share.


Google+ is still evolving...but I like the features and the clean look it's got. Making circles is very useful, and I've been playing with Sparks, too.



Edit: If anyone else needs an invite, let me know. I'll check back from time to time.


July 4th, 2011 at 10:26 AM ^

Thanks for trying, but I have not gotten any email about Google+ (not in the spam folder or anywhere else).  If you can, how about you try sending an email to a GMail account of mine- username: ldschenk (with the usual gmail domain).  If you're out of invites or something like that, then that's perfectly fine.

Regardless of the result, tkhank you for this.

Note, I don't simply write out the email address due to trying to protect myself from web crawlers that will find the email address and hit it with even more spam than I already get.