Social's Next Big Thing is You and I - Page 2
People familiar with Facebook’s environment are asking where all of the games in Google+ are, while others are saying they don’t miss them, having no desire to burn what little time they have left in the day anymore on virtual adventures. Oh, games will come to Google+, to be sure, and I’m also certain many of us will give them a go...
Video conference-style face-to-face chats using Hangouts were cool at first, but I don’t quite see as many opportunities floating by in Google+’s stream. I’ve managed to be included in over 1,000 Circles created by other users, and have only enjoyed a text-chat Huddle with one person. Despite all of the new toys, most people appear to enjoy simply sharing good information in the stream and re-sharing it. As long as it’s not the same stuff we say a long time ago in MySpace!
Many see Google+ as an opportunity to reinvent themselves online, to learn from their past networking use and to develop a more genuine interaction. Others see it as just another place to hock their blog posts and sell items from their online stores. Businesses are chomping at the bit to obtain accounts specially designed for them, to get their hands on the new sharing and video features and extend their marketing reach. I’ve heard both sides of the conversation when it comes to whether or not we want businesses in the Google’s new network.
What The Futures Company hopes to accomplish through their Future Perspective series, is to remind businesses that not only are there always going to be new tools available to make a connection to us, but that we, too, are going through a steady online evolution. If they pay more close attention to how we’re growing up online, they just might find more genuine opportunities to enrich our lives with their wares.