Still in its infancy stage, Google Plus, a social media site created by the search engine giant, is the new kid on the block.
Since the site was launched on June 28, Google Plus has amassed over 40 million members after lifting the “invite-only” exclusivity to join the site.
This may be the first social media site to rival Facebook.
With Google’s staying power, and the company’s connection to the largest market of Android smartphones on the market, Google Plus may not take over Facebook anytime soon, but it should not be ignored.
As of Sept. 28, anyone over the age of 18 can sign up for a free account. And Google has released information that once they have the privacy policies in place, the site will soon be open to anyone over the age of 13.
With its quick ascension, unlike Facebook, which took nearly two years from its inception to become open to the same age qualification, G+ has the right tools in place to make Facebook as obsolete as Facebook made MySpace.
Instead of Facebook, where everything a user posts is read by all of their “friends” on the site, G+ allows users to build circles of friends, families or co-workers.
So instead of not wanting to post a comment about an amazing first date you had because a jealous cousin could break the information to the whole family, users can edit that information to the select few within each circle of trust.
G+ has also taken on a twist from another social media site that does not make the interface of the users homepage feel overwhelming. “Hangouts” is a feature that allows users to real-time video chat with other users without having to pay for the multi-user feature. Think Skype, minus the charges for conference calls.
Google Plus is also attempting to keep all of the different categories separate from one another to keep a cleaner, simpler look for the users. Where as every time your boss plays Farmville on Facebook, everyone sees it in their timeline.
Facebook is not going away anytime soon, but it looks like users who want a change of pace from their time spent on social media sites are going over to Google Plus.