A lot of people have asked me if I will be writing a review post this weekend, about the new Google+ service. I managed to get an invite on day 3 of the pre launch and have been very impressed with it. However, this early on, all anyone can say for certain is that it looks interesting. You can join me on Google+ here.
But no, I am not going to review Google+
There are already hundreds of posts written about Google+ saying almost the same thing. For me to simply add to that noise would be of no value. I spent 30 minutes this morning, reading 10 posts about Google+. If you had read any one of those posts, you would have had no need to read the other 9. They all offered a very similar breakdown of all the key features and then the blogger either said it would fly, or flop. That’s all anyone can say now. None of the posts I read offered anything original; just comparisons to Facebook etc, lists of features and what’s great and what they think is missing from the product.
Me too posts
I try and avoid writing what are called me too posts. Me too posts tend to be very similar (hence the name) and I believe that my posts should offer you something original or at least an original view point. Anything I wrote today would have been me too. That kind of review post is great for news blogs (and Google+ IS big news). I see little point, however, in me too saying that Google+ rocks or sucks and telling you what the features are, yet with no user data or ‘stats, that’s about as deep as anyone can go, today. Plus, that post has already been written hundreds of times in the past 24 hours.
Of course, any posts written today will also be inaccurate and outdated extremely quickly, as the Google+ team are rolling out changes very fast right now. I have already seen one big change in the past 12 hours alone, (which those reviewers all missed.)
Over the coming weeks, as more people are invited to join (it’s mainly geeks and early adopters now), we will start seeing some worthwhile data. We will also get an idea as to how fast (or slow) Google+ is growing.
I will be talking about Google+ in the near future, but not until opinions can be formed on facts and hard data (rather than guesses and first looks).
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