Will Google+ Beat Facebook? (Invitation Available)

Apparently, the rumored news about Google’s own social network is proved to be a fact. Starting few days ago, Google launched their own version of social media network, rivaling Facebook, that’s called Google+.

Some of the features that are currently being rolled out are status updates, check-ins, huddle, and hangout. You can read a complete Google+ overview from Search Engine Land to see in detail about Google+.

My main question now is….”Will Google+ be able to beat Facebook?”

It might be still too early to tell for sure if Google+ would be able to beat Facebook in terms of popularity and user base. However, I see that Google is moving to the right direction with Google+. They sure learned a lot from Google Wave failure. I mean Google Wave is cool, but it’s too complicated and impractical to use for a non-techie person. I can see how Google Wave technology could be developed into something great in the future, but in its current state, I don’t think it’s gonna go anywhere.

On the other hand, I can see a great potential already in Google+. I have been using Google+ for about 2-3 days now and I think Google+ could beat Facebook, for several reasons:Β 

  • Google+ is able to limit/control to whom your post/updates will be shared with. This gives me a greater control to make sure that my message could only be read by the people (circles) I intended the post for. In Facebook, you don’t have this ability. Once you post something on Facebook, it will go out to ALL your friends.
  • Easy access from Google.com. Since most of our homepage is Google.com, Google+ is one tab-click away from it, so it’s really easy to access. Plus, Google+ notification bar is always there sit at the top of Google.com so if you have any activity on your Google+, it will show at the top rightΒ hand-sideΒ bar.
  • Google+ Chat will allow you toΒ invite more than one people in a text chat. Plus, your conversation will be archived and searchable for later use. Facebook has finally caught up on this by combining Facebook Chat and Facebook Message, but you still can’t combine more than one people in your Facebook chat.
  • Moreover, Google+ Chat will allow you to audio chat with your friends, something that still hasn’t been seen in Facebook even thought rumored says that Facebook is working with Skype to enable this feature soon.
  • Google+ Huddle. If you are using Android (and soon for iPhone), you can download Google+ Android apps and do a “huddle” together with your friends. Google+ Huddle is basically a mobile chat feature that enable several people to quickly chat over the phone. I think this is great to save on your text message money.
  • Lastly….Google+ Hangout. I’m saving the best for the last. Google+ Hangout will allow you to do a simultaneous video conference chat with up to 10 people. You could also pop up a Youtube video on it and watch it together with your friends. Off course you could also send text and audio chat while watching Youtube among the 10 people to make your “hangout” even more enjoyable.

My point is that Google+ is a purer form of social media platform. Its focus is to connecting people and it does that very well. There are still minor glitches and improvements they could do to improve Google+, but overall, I’m very pleased with it.

Now…if you are not a Google+ member yet, you now have the chance to get an invitation. How? Very simple. Since I made this as a closed-invitation now, I need your participation on this. As I need to raise money to fly back to Indonesia, I will send out a Google+ invitation to whomever chip-in for my plane ticket. Any amount will do, so if you were only able to chip-in $5…that’s fine, but if you were able to chip-in $10…that would so “uber” awesome πŸ™‚ Just click the chip-in button below and MAKE SURE you put your Google account email address where the invitation will be sent to in the “Instruction to Merchant” box. I appreciate your generosity. Thanks!!!

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Update: 07/01/2011

  • Facebook is planning to launch something “awesome” next week. (Source: Reuters)

Author: Steven Sentosa

Steven Sentosa is a passionate blogger who likes to share his life and help others through his blog, MyInternetCorner.com. He offers social media services and Internet marketing consultation per client's request. You can reach him via Twitter @StevenSentosa.

  • Jean-Sebastien Op de Beeck

    Liked … js.opdebeeck AT gmail DOT comnnGood article. It will not beat Facebook (for the moment), but users will probably be forced to have both.

    • I agree. I don’t think Google+ will beat Facebook anytime soon. But looking at how Google try to “touch” every area of our life with their Gmail, Google Contact, Google Map, Google Calendar, Android phones, etc…I can see how Google can easily leverage those to promote Google+ even more and integrate it with our life. It’s kinda scary actually…. πŸ™

    • sent the invitation already. Let me know if you have problem with it.

  • Junho Yeom

    junho.yeom at gmail dot comnnthanks in advnace? πŸ˜€

    • sent the invitation already. Let me know if you have problem with it.

      • Junho Yeom

        got your invitation but when I click the link it says “The requested URL was not found on this server.u00a0Thatu2019s all we know.” u00a0know why?

  • Narpati ‘Kunderemp’ Pradana

    done.nkunderemp at gmail dot comnn

  • emen

    can’t wait to try! emenwong at gmail dot com

  • Google+ is able tou00a0limit/control to whom your post/updates will be shared with….. In Facebook, you donu2019t have this ability. Once you post something on Facebook, it will go out to ALL your friends.

    Oh, FB juga punya fitur ini kok. Postingan bisa diatur agar hanya List (ekivalen) tertentu yang bisa lihat. Cuma kalau di FB jarang yang pakai/tahu/peduli List, di Google+ dari awal sudah diarahkan untuk memakai Circle πŸ™‚

    • Ouw…you are right. I never really knew it LOL tp emang sih, di Google+ sepertinya lebih di tonjolin.

  • please invite, odelarosa32 at gmail dot com

  • please invite, hilkuripentti at gmail dot com.nnbtw. this comment box isn’t working on google chrome browser.

    • Invite sent…nnReally?? It’s working fine on my Goggle Chrome. Hmmm…thanks for bring it up. I’ll look into it.

  • Natti H.

    please invite natti.ha(at)googlemail(dot)comnnTHX

    • invite sent…

      • Natti H.

        sorry but I didn’t receive an e-mail….:(

  • invite sent…people are saying that they didn’t get the email though, so please wait.

  • invite sent…people are saying that they didn’t get the email though, so please wait.

  • Thanks for the article. I’ve liked your FB page (#29 or 30 or thereabouts) please send invite to rob.hadingham(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

    • Sent the invitation already….I hope you get the email as some peoplernappear to not get one.

  • ralphbryan_1992

    Hello. I’ve liked the page. Could you please send the link at ralphbryan_1992@yahoo.com ? Thank you very much. πŸ˜€

  • I have seen your Facebook page and liked it. Your blog is interesting. I’m curious about Google+; can you send me an invitation? ctberdon[at]yahoo[dot]com (btw, sorry for double posting a few minutes ago). Thanks!

    • sent…

      • Thanks man! Though, I have not reallyu00a0receivedu00a0it yet. Hmm, does google+ have some sort of problem when inviting people under Yahoo mail? The email should have been there already but it’s not. Can the previous invitation be cancelled and instead use my gmail account? ctberdon[at]gmail[dot]com .. Thanks again man!

        • Once the email was out, it’s out so I can’t cancel it. I sent out therninvitation in batch, so I just added your new email in the “invitees” circlernthat I created for inviting-purposes.rnrnCheck your email again within the next couple days or so (I sent another onernfor you). One of my friend told me that even though he failed to join on thern1st try, he tried it again the next day and it worked using the same link.rnrnBest Luck,rnS.S.

  • Johnny Holland

    Hello! I liked your facebook page. Would you be so kind as to invite me (j.holland4207@gmail.com)? Thanks in advance!nnJohnny

  • Johnny Holland

    I think the invites aren’t getting sent out because of the error message on the homepage. It states they have exceeded their capacity and aren’t allowing the new invites to log in. Thanks for trying, though. The invites will probably all go through once the site has released the hold.

    • Maybe that’s the problem…I guess there’s a limit even for Google ServerrnLOL just keep the link that you got in your email. One of my friend failedrnto join on the 1st try, but he used that same link again the next day and itrnworked.

    • I guess, that might be the problem…u00a0

  • Sent one! Most people are not getting their invitation email since Google is exceeding their capacity now, so hopefully you’ll get your soon.

  • Tfreeman76

    Google will take over the world. Facebook is in trouble!!!u00a0tfreeman76@msn.com

    • Sent one….

    • Luckily Facebook is announcing today that it now supports Video Calling andrnGroup Chat, http://goo.gl/nPBPn hhahah it’s kinda too late (1 week afterrnGoogle+) I think.rnrnLooking how Google expanding now, within 5-10 years down the road, Googlernwill eventually take over the world. Even now, I’m using most Google’srnproduct for my productivity from Google Calender, Docs, Gmail, Google+, etc.rnWho knows what Google might come up in the future….kinda scary πŸ™

  • Liked the page – 2fannad@gmail.com

  • Sunil Sidhwani

    Lookout Zuckerberg! u00a0Google + In Da House! sunil.sidhwani@gmail.com is my e-mail address for you to send me a G+ Invite. u00a0Much appreciated! πŸ™‚

  • Sent…

  • Sent…

  • Sent…

  • Rahul bhojraj yadav

    i also like ur page pls send me google+ onvite rahulbhojrajyadav@gmail.com

  • mayur hadole

    i liked the page and shared on fb and twitternmay i have the G+ inviten

  • Hello sir your post is awesome nd best can i get invite on google+ i also liked your facebook page its also very cool …. nnmy email id is :- njani_devansh@yahoo.com and devanshjani@gmail:disqus.comnn please sir it will be much appriciated

  • Gentisd

    I liked the page too! Google + is going to be sweet! Send me aninvite, please? Gentisd@gmail.com

  • Phaserjunkie

    What if we can’t access facebook? I’d do it, but facebook is blocked from here…

    • you don’t have to actually go to facebook.com….u can just like the pagernfrom the widget on the right sidebar

  • Faiez Bellan

    Liked the facebook page, loved this post. can i get an invite please? fbellan72@gmail.com

  • Please send me an invite nngabjuzz@gmail.comnnthank you very much! πŸ˜€

  • Mcalvert77

    Chipped in, left a comment but I’ll try here as well..nInvite me! πŸ™‚ mcalvert77@gmail.com

    • Thanks for chipping-in. I really appreciate it πŸ™‚ Invitation has been sent!

  • Michael M

    How do we chip in?nnSuperdudesf2004@yahoo.com

    • You can go to sentosa.chipin.com and hit the “chip in” button. Tq for yourrnwillingness. Really appreciate it!

  • How invitation works, from whom i can get invitation?n

    • It is a closed-invitation now where I only send invitation to people whorndonate for my plane ticket. Please go to sentosa.chipin.com for detail.rnThanks!

  • Nisay111

    chiped in =]Β 

    my email is nisaymizrahi@gmail.com

    • I didn’t see yours coming in….I sent you a separate email. Please reply it. Thanks