Google+ was built to compete with Facebook. After an explosive start nine months ago and early adoption from techs, Google claims the service now has 170 million users. That’s a good start but nowhere near Facebook’s 850 million. So Google’s revamped its social network’s look with a customizable ribbon, a new Hangouts page and lots, and I mean lots, of white space. So how have techs responded? There may be 170 million opinions. Here’s a few of them.
Larry Press, senior editor for aNewDomain, is one who doesn’t like it.
I have been using G+ mainly as something between Twitter and a blog. Half the screen width is now consumed with clutter that is trying to get me to have chats, hangouts (and) add people to my circles. That squeezes the space to create and edit posts. I just tried to add two pictures to a post, and it did not re-size them but cropped and ran them together. It made the two images appear to be one incoherent image. I had to delete one of them.
Dan Milano of ABC News wrote:
In the most blatant Facebook copy-paste job, Google+ is now featuring large banner images on profile pages. It’s not shying away from mimicking any Facebook terminology here, declaring this new photo to be your ‘cover photo.’ It’s a bit thinner and partially obscured by your profile picture, but the idea remains the same.
Mark Wilson on Fast Company:
A lot of what Google announced today was pure catch-up. It snagged a new “Trending on Google+” function from Twitter. It now features a profile page with a top, landscape portrait that’s nearly identical to Facebook’s Timeline. But if Google is going to copy, at least they’re copying some good ideas. And at least they haven’t given up on the vast potential of the one ace up their sleeve: Hangouts.
But the change isn’t really for the techs. It’s for their moms, dads, sons and daughters. It’s for getting a larger piece of that social pie so Google can better target advertisements toward them.
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