The Google+ Threat: Does It Exist?

Google-plus-threatThere are many skeptics on the recent release of Google’s latest attempt of a social network, Google+. I say “latest”, because Google has tried many times to create a social network with Google Buzz and Google Wave (to name just a few), but in the end they all were flops.

Due to its history of not doing so well in the social networking department, it’s expected that some may feel Google+ will not stack up to the widely popular social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, some who have used Google+ are intrigued by this new arrival into the social media world and have already left their “old” social networks and devoted themselves solely to this “new” social site.

It seems as though Google might have gotten it right this time around. Even so, does this now mean that Google+ is a threat to other social networking sites? And of course, we all have probably asked this inevitable question at some point, “Which Social Network does Google+ threaten the most; Facebook or Twitter?”

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10 Social Networks That Are Winning And Losing (Infographic)

winning-and-losing-social-networksThe social networks we hear about most are Twitter and Facebook, but it seems there are many other social sites grabbing our attention and some that are not. Ignite Social Media created a very informative infographic (shown below) which showcases some interesting statistics about the different groups who are using social media and which social networks they tend to use most. The background data for the infographic came from Google and was mostly found through Google Insight for Search and Google Ad Planner.

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Google Social Search Gets An Upgrade

google_social_searchGoogle Social Search was launched in 2009 as a way for us to stay connected with our social circle, while searching on Google. Social Search combined regular search results with friends activities on social sites. Some of the results included, friends photos or blog posts and would show at the bottom of the search results (this appeared only if friends connected their Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites to their Google profile).

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