July 11, 2011

Plus or Poke

I know there are tons of articles about how Google+ is the new Facebook and how Facebook is the new Myspace. I know that there are many things innovative (and lacking) about Google's newest foray into the social world. But I am not going to reiterate what many analysts have already said. I just want to add one comment or observation that I just thought of.

For as long as I can remember, I've always bragged about the number of Facebook friends I had. Whether it was the 500th milestone, or the 600th, or the 700th, I would be really proud of my expanding network. However, many of my friends did not share the same view.

Wonmin: "Hey! Check out how many Facebook friends I have!"
Friend: "So what? They're just Facebook friends..."
Wonmin: "So?"
Friend: "So, they're not really your friends!"

And that's the problem with Facebook. There seems to be a negative connotation attached to being just Facebook friends. Why or how this connotation came about, I can't really say. But this is a major weakness of the current social network Goliath. A weakness that the new social media David (Google+) can take advantage of.


On a side note, if you want a Google+ invite, post your email address in the comments below! (At your own risk! Remember, my blog is public!)

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