It is time for the obligatory Google+ post. However, as my esteemed colleague Erik has already done a great job of summing up what Google+ is, and some of its strengths, over here (Try not to focus on the size of his head.), I’m not going to be the umpteenth guy who talks about what Google+ is. If you just think of it as Google’s version of Facebook, you’ll be pretty darn close.
No, what I’m going to write about today is the increasingly rapid pace that the Social Media landscape is evolving. You’ve already heard that things change really fast. What you may not know is that things change really fast. By the time I hit the post button on this, something will have changed. Actually it just did.
Here are some things that changed recently in Social Media. Well, these items were recent when I wrote this.
1. Facebook adds group chat. This incredibly new and amazing innovation is brought to you by the year 2000, which is when AOL instant messenger, ICQ, Yahoo! messenger, and MSN Messenger all rolled it out on their chatting platforms. In all seriousness, though, this is a feature that has been lacking in FB’s relatively meager chat app. Whether it is a success or not (less people have FB up and running at all times than they do an IM client), those who do use FB chat will welcome it.
2. An Internet dating service called OKCupid added geolocation to the mobile version of its app. Text text words joke about stalkers words text.
3. Google+ is growing more and more as people who want an account get friends who have one to invite them. Sometimes at inopportune moments: http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1563.html
4. Facebook adds video calling. This essentially uses Skype to connect two people who are online on Facebook in a video chat. And there are already scammers trying to get in on the ground floor: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/08/facebook-scammers-spread-app-pretending-to-be-video-calling/
(A short amount of ) Time will surely tell whether Google+ is set to knock Facebook on its heels, or if it is going to flop miserably. One of the great pluses (hah) of the new Google product is supposedly a much greater concern over individual user privacy. By and large, though, the general public doesn’t seem to be as concerned about their privacy on Facebook as (they should be) the tech media seems to be. Things just keep getting more and more interesting!
Kalvin Kingsley is Operations Director for KK BOLD. He makes frequent misuse of the word esteemed and attributes nearly everything to the year 2000.