April 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm #158709
Upon logging onto my Gmail this morning, I was prompted to check out my Google +, and this is what I found…
It didn’t look EXACTLY like this because I added the cover picture, but you get the basic idea. The design is now more streamlined, with new tabs on the side for navigation, and basic info under the picture.
What do you think of the new design?
Do you think it will influence more people to use Google+
Personally, I like the design a lot better, but I still do not see much use for Google+ beyond its hangout feature. I would love to hear your thoughts!
April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm #158741
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
I like the new design, but I am not sure it will get more people to use it. I think Google+ came kinda late to the game and is going to have to work incredibly hard to lure people away from Facebook. Facebook is already so ubiquitous … but I am hearing rumblings on Twitter about it “being for old people”. So … are we going to see the fall of Facebook soon? Will Google+ take its place? I think only time will tell.
April 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm #158739
I like it, looks kind of like Facebooks new timeline, except more attractive. I also like the tab on the left. I prefer G+ as a platform because of its simplicity and that I’m not bombarded by everyone wanting me to sign their virtual high school yearbook and play the Sims with them.
April 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm #158737
If Google can learn how to leverage their other services to draw attention to Google+, they may have some luck, but I’m not so sure they’ve been successful there yet.
April 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #158735
I’m using Google+ at home, mostly to find interesting bits from their Top Stories. I have a few friends on it, but not a lot, and quite a few of my friends are reluctant to adopt yet another social media platform.
If Google plays its cards right, they’ll find a way to let people “try before they buy” into Google+. If they can find the killer app (Hangouts?) and market it right, they will see slow, steady adoption.
April 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm #158733
I don’t like Facebook’s timeline, and thus I’m not really excited about the G+ redesign making it look more like Facebook. I really only use G+ for hangouts for a non-profit I’m associated with, so that we can conduct meetings by video (we have also used Skype for this in the past). I also have a friend overseas in a country where Facebook is blocked by the government, but apparently G+ is not (although I’m sure it’s closely monitored by the censors), so there’s some value to G+ in that situation.
On a related note, does anyone know if it’s possible to “split screen” with a hangout going on one side of the screen and GMail or some other Google app open on the other side? In my hangouts, I often have to refer back to my GMail and it’s cumbersome to keep switching tabs.
April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm #158731
The new look is closer to how Plus already looks on an iPad, with the NAV links following the description instead of beside it.
April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm #158729
That’s interesting – didn’t know that! Very cool.
April 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm #158727
I know, that is a pain in the neck. I usually just keep gmail open in a separate window next to my hangout, haven’t figured out a way to solve that yet!
April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm #158725
To add to this – do you think the new design will alter how agencies/businesses use Google+?
April 18, 2012 at 1:48 am #158723
The issue here isn’t a new look: the issue is how much user-generated content each social network has. Facebook has won because of path dependency and the network effect. Google+ came too late to the game to build up the necessary critical mass. Google+ can be the Beta VCR but Facebook already has the VHS advantage.
April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm #158721
I agree that Google+ came a little too late. Do you see anything that Google+ offers that Facebook doesn’t that would entice people to utilize both accounts?
April 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm #158719
The new format to correct the strange display when viewing on a tablet. Have to experiment to find some things, but it’ll become familiar shortly.
Hangout is a useful for collaboration, and the searchable content is a powerful element of Google +
April 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm #158717
I never tried it because after Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and GovLoop, I saw no need for yet another network.
April 28, 2012 at 2:38 am #158715
Ellwood F. Hanrahan IIParticipant
I like the new design and I am also not sure if it will bring more people to use it. I do think Google will have an advantage over other social media sites if they develop cool useful way of integrating other Google products.
Personally social media has started to becoming a chore. Done anyone see a bubble forming?
April 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm #158713
I think Google’s biggest mistake was not integrating GMail into Google+. Their user interface is inferior and boring. Google+ is quickly becoming a graveyard, soon to join other failed Google projects, such as Google Wave.
April 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm #158711
Haha, I agree – what was Google Wave? The only one I remember starting/failing of Google Buzz.
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