Everyone’s still talking about Google+ but hardly anybody seems to be giving Google’s new social network an A+.
Plenty of techies are praising Google+’s clean design and privacy features, but others are decidedly less impressed.
Of course, with any new social network there’s always room for improvement – and Google is sure to take these critiques to heart as it continues to tweak the platform.
Here’s what a sampling of tech writers are saying about Google’s latest project:
Putting screenshots of Google+ and Twitter next to each other you’ll notice two things. One, there’s a lot more density on the Twitter side. That means more stuff, and stuff is good, as long as stuff is ordered, which [Twitter] generally seems to be.
Mashable’s Ben Parr:
The core of Google+ is the Stream, which doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s a lot like Google Buzz or the Facebook News Feed.
Wired’s Shimrit Ben-Yair:
On Facebook I overshare. On Twitter, I undershare. If Google hits that spot in the middle, we can revolutionize social interaction.
The Guardian’s Charles Arthur:
Google+, with its complicated desktop interface, strikes me as something which looks wonderful on a 21in screen, but once you shift onto a smartphone (which is where more and more people are going to experience the web) then it’s going to struggle to be useful.
Whether they’ll admit it or not, Google is making a bold and perhaps risky move by attempting to attack social from scratch. What if they flop again?