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Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter: Where Will You Be In One Year's Time?

Google's new social networking service Google Plus has been off to a good start, thanks to Google's determination and the invite only system. There has been lots of talk about the growth of Google Plus, and some sites did not fail to mention that the networks growth is a lot faster than that of Facebook's or Twitter's in their starting years. Then again, neither site had the backing of a multi-billion Dollar company in their starting years.

Some users on the other hand face a dilemma now with the rise of Google Plus: Time. Most users have accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which they spend some time on. Some may have the time to add a third social networking site to that list, others like me do not have the time to maintain three networking sites.

What will those users do? Will they use cross-posting tools to post their messages on all three sites, will they ditch one of the sites, or will they reduce other activities to spend time on all three sites?

If you look at the media coverage, you might think that it is all about a showdown between Google Plus and Facebook, and that Twitter is just another bystander. But is that really true? If you look at Google Plus, you will notice that the service is offering most, if not all, of the features of Twitter. You can follow and be followed, post public messages or messages to one or multiple recipients. Plus, there are not any size limitations and additional features like hangouts available.

Facebook on the other hand has a lot to offer that Google Plus is not currently. Look at games and apps for instance, which is surely one of the main reasons for the social networking site's success.

As a webmaster, I have to use all three services, because it affects my business. Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search services are putting more weight on social metrics than ever before, and that is going to increase in the future. If you are not part of it, your site or service will be old news eventually.

This leads back to the title: Are you using social networking sites currently? If so, do you have plans to change the sites that you are using? Will you include Google Plus in your networking activities?


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  1. KoalaBear said on July 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I will only use Google+, thats because I do not have Facebook, and since 1 week Twitter, but will not use it.

    Within 1-1,5 weeks I have 62 in my circles, and are in 32 circles of others. Very fast. Invited a lot of connections also. Also some regular family, so not only tech people.

    Google can do some damage to Facebook because they have a big userbase for GMail etc. It is well connected by the bar on the top. And if they turn on the marketing machine soon, or put some Google+ ads on the AdSense it will go even faster. On the other hand, Facebook has 750.000.000 members, a hard one to beat.\

    Well see. If Google will add business profiles in about two month and maybe add some social gaming it can win the race. I’m in.

    1. Chaz said on July 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      G+ is already adding the business profiles, they have started this last week, and there was a recent article about them starting social gaming and aps also. With these they are only taking 5% (at least for now) vrs the industry standard of 30% that Facebook and Apple take. This should spur some fast adoption among the people who make these products.

  2. Jesse said on July 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm


    As i think in a coming one year i will be more comfortable with Google Plus because this is much easy to use and has the easiest way to grow my circles.

    Google plus has the mode database due to their gmail services and facebook does not have this type of data base.

    So sure in a coming year i will be with google pluse.

  3. Robert Palmar said on July 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I have not joined Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    but everyone I know it seems is using them.
    Google+ just might rope me in at some point.

  4. Kaz said on July 24, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Thanks Martin for your article, simple, direct and on the money. With 3 networking sites time, is the concern. Google + too me is time saving especially as it is so user friendly and I love that.
    Kaz :)

  5. jones said on July 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I think for sometime all three will co -exist…

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

      They certainly will for some time to come.

  6. Mushaf said on July 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Used Google+ for a while, then abandoned it. My friends are not very interested in Google+. They still prefer Facebook. And without friends a social network means nothing.

    As Martin has already mentioned, apps and games play a vital role in Facebook’s popularity. Google+ doesn’t seem to introduce those things in near future. Google+ is good for professionals and geeks who use social networks for networking mainly. But Facebook doesn’t prioritize geeks or professionals, rather it focuses on the common people more who login to Facebook and pass some fun time. Eventually it becomes an addiction to them. Google+ doesn’t seem to be ‘fun’ in any way as it is now.

    The growth rate of Google+ which is being highlighted in many news sites these days is really a joke to me. Of course a lot of people are trying it out and creating a Google+ acocuont, even the invitation system overflowed, but how many of them are actively using it? Not many I reckon.

  7. ilev said on July 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

    The moment G+ adds games, I am out.

  8. Anonymous said on July 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

    This is simple. Will drop everything else for Google because Google does everything already. for things it may not already do, i’m sure it will fill in those cracks in a timely fashion. You mentioned Social Games and Apps, Google already has Apps and also has games if you use Chrome. For social games specifically, it’s pretty obvious that they had already planned a social gaming add-on for Google plus and just didn’t except Google plus to grow so quickly. It will be released in good time.

  9. Anonymous said on July 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

    You have to understand Google + is already amazing and it is still in a beta stage. Once Google finishes all the features it has planned it will take down Facebook if Facebook continues to be an evil company that steals peoples information and sells it for profit. If Facebook somehow changes their ways then the two will co-exist and it will be good for all users because the competition between them will spark new innovative ideas. I don’t see Facebook fixing their privacy issues though, Google is already a highly trusted company and from the get go is giving you 100% control of all of your data and information and who gets to see it. Add Google Takeout and Google data liberation to the mix. Google= win

  10. undelete files said on July 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Google finally announced Google+, its next effort in social.Basically, Google+ is an amalgamation of several services we already use.
    Google +, Facebook, Twitter..etc it Good.

  11. odio said on July 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    im out. dont have or use any of those.

  12. Ishka said on July 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Martin said something that was overlooked. Don’t sit on the sidelines with googleplus jump in as an early adopter, use it and position your self to help others with it down the road- especially offline, local businesses.

    That’s what I’ll be doing and here’s the how to part

  13. Geld said on July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I think all three of these social networking sites have different functions. Google Plus to boost traffic and SEO purpose, Facebook for fun with friends and brothers, while Twitter to update important news around the world. Thanks

  14. facebook said on July 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Google+ is good for professionals and geeks who use social networks for networking mainly

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