Social networking has more than likely had an impact on your life in some way or another. From your first Livejournal to buisnesses using Facebook as a serious way to connect with their clients, social networking has become a deep-rooted part of our society. Regardless of how you personally feel about social networking, the impact of it on our culture and how the younger generations communicate with each other is undoubtedly affected, perhaps even permanently.
The newest social networking site is Google+, which is Google’s answer to the overwhelming popularity of Facebook and the earlier major social networking site My Space, but at the mere mention of My Space, most people give you a condescending look and they’re usually thinking “lol, you still use that?” Social networking, like fashion, goes through phases and trends and Google+ is no exception to the rule.
In order for you to even experience Google+, which is currently in beta field testing, you have to be invited via email, which gives it an air of exclusivity. This is not a new tactic for Google; even clients as popular as Gmail (the Google Mail service) used this method of early “invite only.” But this isn’t stopping the growth of the site. The first day I was on Google+, I had five to ten people I knew on the site already. By the third day, I have 50 people on Google+ (To put it in perspective, I have about 1100 friends on Facebook, most of whom I know personally.) So even though you do need an invite to get on Google+, it isn’t very hard to obtain, and once obtained, you can send unlimited invites outwards.
What is incredibly nice (well, to me anyway,) about Google+ is the lack of advertisement and “filler” on the site, and it is incredibly streamlined and easy to navigate.
There are no third party applications asking to start a farm, restaurant, mafia organization, or card game, no strange women lying in a pond distributing swords as a form of government, no promoters warring about which recurring weekly party is the most hip. This may change once Google+ leaves beta field testing, but it is a welcome change. Google+ instead divides your “friends” into “circles,” (not to be confused with portals).