When I heard that Google was launching a site they believed would top Facebook, I was more than intrigued. Enter, Google+.
The thought of something topping Facebook is mindboggling to me as I am a self-admitted Facebook addict.
When it first launched, it was invitation only. I was eager to get an invitation and see what all the hype was about.
The numbers don’t show unpopularity. Two weeks after it’s trial launch, Google+ already had 10 million users.
Will Google+ ever be able to compete with Facebook, which has 750 million users?
Google+ allows you to separate your friends into circles. The circles can be quite confusing.
The appearance of the site is dangerously close to Facebook; everything except for the circles seems to be the same. You have a news feed, and can update your status.
However, Facebook doesn’t seem to be losing any popularity, and Google+ doesn’t seem to be gaining any.
Could it be that we are just all so addicted to Facebook we feel like we would be cheating on it with Google+?
Blaire Wheelis said, “I do not use Google+… I am a big fan of the Facebook.”
Google+ seems to have fizzled before it ever really took off. Most people got an invitation and joined, but then never got into it.
Facebook is already so well established it would be difficult to over power it.
Catherine Wright said that she has never even heard of Google+. “I don’t know what it is, so no I don’t think I’ll use it.”
She went on to say, “I’m a Facebook person, I don’t like all this new modern technology. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!”
Mason Sullivan is optimistic about Google+. “I don’t use it, but I’m open to the possibility. I try to keep up with the trends, if Google+ catches on, I’ll give it a shot.”
The consensus among Auburn students seems to be that they will be sticking with Facebook, for now. Maybe Google+ has a shot, but for now, it is a no from Auburn students.