Twitter bashing way too premature
When Google+ launched last month we could all see the Facebook bashing coming from a mile away.
Afterall, Google+ pretty much has the potential to do everything Facebook can do, and it’s newer and sleeker, whereas Facebook has been a bit complacent and slow in addressing what its users want.
What I didn’t expect was the sudden twitter bashing. In case you’ve forgotten, and some people have, up until a few weeks ago Twitter was the relatively cool and progressive social network.
Some say Google+ poses more of a challenge to Twitter
than it does Facebook.
While all of those folks are much more seasoned in the world of social media than myself, I just don’t see it.
Yes, Twitter is simple and a bit archaic-looking when you match it up with the shiny object that is Google+, but Google+ hasn’t shown me much potential toward being able to do what Twitter does.
I’ve had several friends join Google+ and immediately ask me how do they search for the local news, such as using the hashtags on Twitter. The answer: You don’t.
Nor can they see what’s trending about Iran or the riots in Vancouver, for example.
The bottom line is Twitter remains the best place to break news and find out about breaking news both locally and internationally. Google+ seems all but destined to follow in Facebook’s footsteps and become a great place to discuss and analyze the news.
I think some of the confusion stems from the fact that most people who have seized on Google+ are the same people who seized on Twitter (most of the people in my circles I know from Twitter) and they will seize upon any other new social network that comes their way (myself included.) That doesn’t, however, mean those people are abandoning Twitter.
It’s still unclear where Google+ will find its niche, but I don’t see it taking Twitter’s spot (not until they address those issues, anyway.)
True story: When Twitter went down for a couple of hours the other day (which doesn’t happen nearly as much as it used to) my Google+ feed was full of people pining for Twitter’s return.
It’s not dead yet.
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