Google Plus, The New Kid on the Social Media Block - Page 2
Another feature that has caught the imagination is “Hangouts” where people on Google+ can hold group video chats. The virtual hangout is, at this moment, a unique service not seen in other social networking services. It currently can have 10 people in a hangout and the potential for this feature is still being discussed and tested.
Will Google+ be the end of Facebook? Probably not in a long while. The service is still in beta and there are a lot of bugs to work on and features to polish and flesh out. The potential is definitely there and hitting 10 millions users in such a short span of time is, without a doubt, very impressive. Still, this number is dwarfed by Facebook’s estimated 750 millions users. It will be an uphill climb to get those people to switch as most people tend to stay where the people they know stay. The current state of MySpace clearly shows that it is possible to topple the leader. At its peak, MySpace had 75 million users while Facebook started out as a networking site for college students with just a few thousand kids using the service.
What is definite is that Google’s entry into social networking will be good for the people using the service, no matter which network they are currently using. Competition will necessitate innovation both to maintain the current user base and to attract potential users to flock to the offered service. Whoever remains standing after all is said and done, it will be the users who will be the clear winners.