Ever since news of the trial invitations kicked up a buzz on twitter, and sites started blogging about every mundane feature left right and centre, I’ve been curious to see what all the fuss is about.
Unfortunately, Google, in their infinite wisdom, just aren’t ready to share their treasures with all of us, and the frequent invitation to ‘wait’:
means that even people who have received invitations aren’t able to sign up and trial the service.
It’s a bit of a ‘pot luck’ at the moment, and whilst I’m sure it’s all very interesting, and new and shiny, I’ve gotten tired of the way that Google releases a service, to the general public, and then ceases to make it available to the actual people that they have invited to come and try out the service. If you can’t deal with the load, then don’t send out so many actual email invitations Google!
I’m sure the publicity is great for Google, in the way that Gmail invites only trickled out to people in the start, and made them all the more desirable.
But in the long term, the real value from these services isn’t going to come from who signed up first, but rather from how do you use it on a day to day basis.
I don’t really have an opinion on Google+ right now. I’ve resisted the temptation to actually read all the posts, and articles that are making the rounds speculating, and postulating as to where Google+ will land, and all the great and wonderful features it posesses.
When I do finally receive an invitation from Google+ that I can actually use, then I’ll indeed consider taking a look at it. Until then, it’s just ASNW (another social network), that we’ll need to add to the list. In practice, only a few platforms will own my relationship, and ideally those will be differentiated by context. Perhaps Google+ will be an appropriate context for something, perhaps not, for now, I’ll hold off on pressing that plus button repeatedly to find out..
And in all honesty, when I eventually do log into Google+, the amount of effort it takes for me to connect to my disparate social graphs, across multiple platforms, contexts, and communities, will dictate just who I do or don’t connect to on it.