With all the buzz surrounding Google+ these days, it’s good to take a step back and assess how this new social network will affect our daily online habits. Throwing a new social platform into the mix that has a backing the likes of Gmail, Gchat, YouTube and the most used search engine around will surely help sway users away from Zuckerberg and co.
And just how many of you have considered deleting your Facebook account at some point? A good portion of Facebook users (at least in my experience) seem to be uncomfortable sharing their personal information and status updates with everyone on their friends list. When you think about all of the co-workers, bosses and relatives that we have on their friends list these days, it’s probably a good thing to be turned away from the ubiquity of Facebook status updates.
What’s unique about Google+ is that unlike Facebook and other social sites, there is no such thing as a friend request. Users can create customizable “circles” and can in turn share their updates with the people within one or more of these bubbles, or with everyone. This feature is somewhat similar to how Facebook allows you to split up your friends list but has a far more visual involvement with the user. Thankfully, you’ll never have to be forced to add someone you don’t want on your friends list; just remove them from your circle. I can definitely see some serious email and mobile integration with this service in the not too distant future.
For those of you that have been fortunate enough to give Google+ a test drive, what are your favorite features of the new service? Let us know what you think.