I’m not reporting the news by any means, as pretty much anyone who is a little bit social media savvy by now is fully aware of the changes to Google+. I am only offering my quick opinions after playing around on it here and there throughout the day.
I really like it.
About a month ago I wrote a blog about how Google+ is still one of my favorite social platforms. This was before I knew about any specific changes coming to the appearance or functionality. I knew Google was committed and I was simply looking forward to what was next.
Next just happened.
It’s still very new and has a lot to be played with and tried, but my initial reaction is that it is a few things:
- Very clean
- No ads make it just look better than Facebook
- User friendly
- Functionally it makes more sense
- Enhanced useability of things like Hangouts and G+ apps on the side
- Improved cover images for both personal and brand pages
- Much bigger, vivid imagery in the timeline
- Better integration with YouTube, search, and Gmail
I know there are many more new things and cool things that just changed. These are just my initial observations.
Also, I was on a call yesterday with Twitter and they told me they are now at 140 Million users. Google+ announced this week they are at around 170 Million. Wow. Now I know that doesn’t technically account for ONLY G+ users (Google has many other services and platforms), but the fact is that it’s growing. A lot.
Facebook remains king…for now.
I’ve been preaching this all along to people, but look out for Google+ over the next year.