Google+ is another social experiment by Google, followed by their past projects of a similar nature Google Wave and Orkut. I have been a beta user for the past two weeks and I fear this is going to be another failure, if we consider Facebook to be the hallmark for success right now. Here’s my take on this.
I was a beta user on both past experiments; where Orkut was concerned, I hated the clutter on profile pages and its privacy controls or lack thereof. Perhaps I never really setup those correctly however, I got two emails a day asking for random people to befriend me. I hated it, then marked it as spam and hardly ever used it.
Then I went and bought a PSP and got stuck at a level in Marvel Ultimate Alliance. They had a facebook page and voila, I signed up there. I was out of college/university and not in US at the time. There was no body from my friends, family or even the acquaintance circle on it. Only people from the US and here I was; an IT pro on facebook looking for a pointer or two on a game! So why did i use it? I loved the clean look, the profile structure and that I did not have to answer a series of questions to have a decent profile. Not at all. It was easy to setup and I didn’t have peer pressure to make a profile and upload pictures since I did not know anybody on it. This was in 2006 when nobody in my friends, family or social circle had a profile on Facebook. They were all over on Orkut, Friendster and myspace. I didn’t mind, I kept coming back to it anyway and finally when facebook released their APIs and I had facebook apps to play with, it was great simply to login and just play. Family and friends eventually joined in and I have kept it alive mostly to follow my cousins, my relatives and friends who are all over the world now. I reconnected with my school and college friends as well and for most of the time, I don’t regret keeping my account alive.
Then we had Google wave; my, that created a small ripple across the pond and capsized in its initial days. I won’t even get into what was wrong since everything about it was off.
There is the possibility of so much good here, I simply hate the thought that the service might be over before it starts.