Thanks to a member on LinkedIn, I recently got a Google+ Invite. Registered with it. Uploaded profile pic, did the usual stuff that we all do on social networking sites. Finally, added friends to my profile. Yes, you can import your entire contact list from Yahoo! and Gmail and Hotmail. I did.
And since then been using it. Here’s my personal experience:
1. The user interface sucks big time. Not only is it premature looking, but when kept and matched side-by-side with Facebook, it kinda definitely looks awkward.
2. Google+ setting screen is a direct rip-off from Facebook setting page. The “Data Liberation” tab lets users download their photos, profile information, contacts, circles, stream posts, and Buzz posts to their own computers. Really needed, eh? Not sure.
3. Google+ calls “Home” tab “Home”. Word-to-word rip-off from Facebook. Instead of the word “Newsfeed” on Facebook, we see “Stream” on Google+.
4. The ‘Newsfeed’ screen on Facebook is multi-functional and mult-dimensional. Whereas, ‘Stream’ UI needs some serious designer work. The chat is nearly hidden below screen; and “in your circle” feature seriously lacks functionality.
5. Events in Google+? Missing. Yes, so if you wish to setup an Event, god knows how to do it.
6. Coming to one of the most important components of a social networking site – Apps? Nope, they don’t appear on the ‘Stream’ screen in Google+ as well. Had to click and visit the “Games” tab to check out the games apps. That’s just disgusting!
All in all, I would definitely tinker more with Google+, but stay away from it. Transitioning from RIA functionality to Google+ is kinda moving from California to Texas, and calling Texas home! (no offense to people from Texas, just that its kinda too dry!).
Let’s see how Google+ pans out in the near future, but don’t see it having 750+ Million users in forth-coming 5 years or so.
Anyways, if anyone needs Google+ invites, do give me a shout or leave a comment. I have 150 remaining ones, shall send them out! Hope you will like it better.