There has been a lot of talk and speculation about Google+ – and if it is too late for the network to now start to flourish. A LOT of talk.
Google+ seemed to take off early on, when it was first introduced and people were excited to get on, c
heck it out, and see the features. And many of the features of G+ are cool, really quite a bit better than what Facebook offers (the list includes the ability to edit a post, better-looking pictures once posted, ‘circles’ to better organize your database and those who you want to follow, and so on). Early on, people signed up in droves as things were really exciting.
I was among the first to sign up, and I really liked it.
But the floodgates didn’t open soon enough. Many who wanted to sign up couldn’t (all in an effort to keep it special and build more excitement, I presume). So I was left waiting to engage with many people who didn’t add a G+ profile as they either couldn’t get in (or didn’t know how), or they decided they didn’t need to move over as they already had a Facebook profile.
I found myself waiting, and waiting and waiting for others to join the crowd at G+. But they never came on over. It was disheartening.
And on top of all that, business pages took forever to be introduced. That really, REALLY hurt Google+.
And so last week, business pages were finally introduced and early word on the street seems to be positive. So my thoughts were back to maybe Google+ has a chance to make it and can spark interest again….
Until I got this email from Google+ less than a week ago:
Yes, you read that right. Google+ is inviting me to join. To join! I guess they weren’t able to check their database to see if I was already “in.”
Some might say this isn’t that big a deal, but I think it is. To me, this just means the Google+ folks don’t have their act fully together. I always think it is the little things that count, and I would even dare to argue this is a big thing. Anything that makes a company or product look silly – well, I think everyone would agree you want to avoid that.
But maybe you have different thoughts about the past, present and future of Google+. I definitely want to hear about it.