I have been using Google Plus for about a week and I already like it better than Facebook. I should probably admit upfront that I never really liked Facebook, so it’s pretty easy to find something that I like better, but Google really has made a great product this time around.
Although there are many similarities between Facebook and Google+, the biggest (and coolest) difference might be Circles. These mimic the social circles that we have in real life; true friends, acquaintances, family members, etc. With a simple drag-and-drop, you can put people in the appropriate circle and control exactly what they see. While the same thing could potentially be achieved with lists on Facebook, this method is much less cumbersome and easier to implement.
An article I read recently said that we shouldn’t think of Google+ as a social network, but as a replacement for everything from email to blogging platforms. The reality that you can write anything and then decide who gets to see it is genius. One of the biggest problems I have with Facebook is how I feel like I have to share the same information with everyone – whether a close friend or someone I hardly know. G+ makes it easy to share something with as few or as many people as I want with just a click.
Whether or not this thing is a Facebook/Twitter killer remains to be seen, but I’d say my days on both are certainly numbered.