On first look, I dismissed Google+ as derivate and redundant of Facebook and Twitter. I wrote it off like it’s another ill-fated cousin, Google Buzz. But after signing up, I realized it is thoughtfully and much better designed product than Buzz.
Similar User Interface but took time to understand
The user interface of Google+ is more or less similar to Orkut, Twitter and Facebook, thus I took it for granted. But later on I found that similar words can be confusing. It took me some time to understand intuitive interface Big G has brought up this time.
Reason for failure of Wave and Buzz was due to unfamiliarity of people with the motive behind them and lack of knowhow on how to use it. Thus, they never rose from ground. Google+ scores in this department. Retaining the similar user interface has allowed Google to play safe with their new kid in the block. Even I found it hard to use wave within email.
Then another question popped up: Should I do a complete and comprehensive review? Then I thought that people will find web flooded with review articles and I decided to just share my initial experience and initial observations about user experience and the product, Google+.
Miles ahead than Buzz
As I mentioned earlier, it is miles ahead of Google Buzz. I must admit that Google has learnt a lot from painful experience of Buzz and has given big attention on protecting the privacy of user along with overall design of product.
It is easy for anyone to add people, organize them either into standard or customized groups. This little thing impressed me a lot, especially the feature of selective sharing. Neither Facebook nor MySpace/Orkut had these features earlier. You can control who see what.
One can easily create as well as manage groups (circles) but it takes time to understand how Google+ is organized.
Hangout Might Be the Trump Card
One can start chatting either through Google Talk or through video chat (at present up to 10) by clicking “Hangout.”
After all, Hangout is the feature will draw users to Google+. It is in direct competition with Skype (now property of Microsoft).
At present hangout is not in mobile apps but I expect it to be there soon. Honestly, I have not tested Hangout till now but destined to do it.
Mobile App Support
Will Google lag behind in fastest growing mobile community? Never! It has created HTML5 web app for Applie iOS and native Android app. Though the Android app is way ahead (if we measure on the criteria of design) than its iOS counterpart.
You can upload pics and videos or access online ones from your smart phone. Android notifications will keep you posted with all happening in the circles you are part of.
This group feature might become instant hit among those people who like group text.
When we will see a complete version?
Though at present Google+ is strictly invite based but I see it as a marketing stunt. The same thing made Gmail immensely popular and now we need to wait to see if history repeats itself or not!
Google is expecting to launch complete version around end of July.
Though Google+ might not be able to beat FaceBook but it is definitely a FaceBook killer.
Bhrat Brij Google+ Public Profile: https://plus.google.com/106702699336867080538/posts