[citation][nom]john_4[/nom]Google's secret dealings with the NSA/FEDS just like Microsoft and probably Apple too. Don't trust any of these companies if you want to have anything that they cannot see. Long live Linux.[/citation]
What does Linux have to do with how your interact with social sites on the net? Or even do Search Queries?
[citation][nom]jhansonxi[/nom]I think john_4 was making an anti-cloud statement.[/citation]
Or even anti-internet statement. Because, let's face it, if you surf the web, you're bound to stumble upon and be exposed to one of the "evil" companies.
I think Eric is right when saying it's unfair to compare Google+ to the behemot that is Facebook. However, I'm not so sure that will ever be able to compete with it. The problem is not in the offering, I think Google+ has strong features and integration to numerous tools. But in this domain, the user base is all it counts.
I think the ace in the pocket of Google will be to be able to import a complete Facebook profile in Google+ : pictures, videos, contacts, posts, history, etc. Maybe then would people be willing to do the switch, providing contacts of them would do the same too.
I use Google products independent of what others do: Gmail is useful even if my friends are not on it. Same with search, Docs, Chrome, Android, etc. If G+ ties them together somehow, even better. Yet the ONLY reason to use FB is because everyone is on it, if they're gone, no value. Maybe that won't change, but I'd be a little nervous if I was a FB exec knowing my only value was simply being the most popular at the moment.
Hmmm two different things... Quality and popularity.
G+ has is good points, but FB is much more popular, because it is more popular. It does not help out talkin FB advantage.
There are many examples where inferior product has won the competition in AV and computer technology, so it does not help to make just better product. There has to be something more, or the product has to be much, much better and G+ is not there yeat.
People use face book to look for old friends and to interact with their friends. It does not need very super duper system to do it. Only that all people you need to achieve are there and FB-is allmost in there in that matter. Very much like WOW vs other online rpgs. Nearly indentical product is not enough, and too different don't even get a chance.