Will Google+ Take off?

For the past six years, I've been a Facebooker and have enjoyed being a part of the worldwide phenomenon that it has become. I was a member back when it started as a college website and can remember when all your statuses had to start with, "Seth Poplaski is...". Boy am I glad they got rid of the "is". It's much more enjoyable and easier to update what you are doing. Facebook pretty much ended the popularity of Myspace, and I didn't think that anything would be able to stop Mark Zuckerburg and all his glory...and then came along Google+

I was informed that I got an invite to join Google+ by one of my friends this week, and decided to set up an account. I jumped on yesterday and filled out my profile and checked out what the new program had to offer. Granted, right now I have 3 friends following me, but I think that Google+ could be a site that gives Facebook a run for their money. While not everyone has access to Google+ yet, there are nearly 10 million people already on, and that number is increasing every day. 

Google+ has many of the same options that Facebook offers, like a profile section that tells followers about you, a photo section and a home page. They also have a feature called 1+ someone's post which allows your followers to see that you like what they have written or posted. Google does have a feature that Facebook does not, and that is their circle feature. This is used to include different friends/family members into different circles so it is easier to follow people. Even though I only have three people following me at the moment, I think the ability to place people into circles is a great idea. You start off with a Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following circles, but you can create other circles if you want. For me, I would probably create a road trip button in order to sift through my contacts faster when I embark on a road trip. One of the most attractive features of Google+ is the Hangout button.

The hangout button allows people to turn on their webcams and hold a "hangout" with other friends who are on Google+. Multiple people can join in on the hangout and it is a useful tool if you have friends and family who live all around the country. While I haven't used this feature just yet I find that it is very enticing and that along would make me more apt to use Google over Facebook. Granted, I only have three friends, if more of my friends joined it would be a useful resource.

So what's my point? Well, I want to know if you use Google+, what you think about it, and if you think it will overtake Facebook? Let me say this much. If Google+ does overtake Facebook, it will take a substantial amount of time. There is too much invested into Facebook that it would just all of a sudden collapse. Then again, I think a lot of people said that about Myspace too. If your friends get excited about Google+, will you be willing to jump ship and leave Facebook for good? What are your thoughts?

Will Google+ become more popular than Facebook?

Seth P.