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Why is Google Plus So Successful?

10 Aug

Most pundits didn’t believe there was room in the digital society for yet another social network. People’s need to communicate, chat, gossip, mingle, was sated by Facebook and Twitter. They used MySpace as proof–the once-front runner being pushed to irrelevancy not so much for poor quality as other options.

So why has Google Plus landed like a cannon ball in a crowded summer pool? By all accounts, it has over 10 million users and these by invitation only. I’ve only read one negative review (a well-written thoughtful piece, btw) on it–everyone else seems to love it. Why is that?

There are two theories:

  • Google Plus is really great
  • People really hate/are sick of Facebook
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Why do we like Google Plus so much? (Cartoon credit: Xkcd)

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Will we all become G+ers?

If you’re one of the early fans, what’s your reason? Feel free to add an alternate. And, feel free to add me to your Writers Circle.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, member Editorial Review Board SIGCT, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.


 

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