Pre-invite thoughts on Google+

I’m really excited about Google+. It’s a new “social project” from Google. Currently, as with most Google products, it’s in a beta, invitation only, stage. I have yet to receive my invitation but have been reading about the service through the tech blogs.

From what I’ve read, it sounds like Google has learned lessons from their last few product launches and is taking this slowly and deliberately. They aren’t rolling the service out to all Gmail users like they did with Buzz which proved to be a big mistake. Really, it didn’t bother me, but it caused a lot of privacy concerns, and people don’t look too kindly upon being automatically enrolled into services they don’t want, or understand. It seems as though Google+ will be a service you opt in to, which means it will take longer to build up a critical mass of users, but that’s true of any new service.

What I like about Google+ itself is that it seems as though Google is building the service around other Google products and creating new products that work together to fill the “social” gaps. I’m excited to see how it all fits together. I think it is a great idea and ultimately could be what makes Google+ a success. Hope I get an invite soon.

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