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What if Google+ launched today

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The failed social media platform Google+ launched in June of 2011. It was more or less a clone of Facebook. It failed spectacularly, but did have some interesting features like Hangouts which has survived.

With all the bad press going on right now about Facebook, I wonder if Google+ would have had a chance if it was launching today instead of 7 years ago.

Would the discontent with Facebook grow louder if there was a viable alternative?

 

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Although I'm sure some folks would jump ship, I wouldn't - mainly because I don't think it's entirely Facebook's fault to begin with. Realistically, why not blame all the idiots that signup and allow all the FB Apps that collect and use their info outside of FB's control? What I mean by this is that FB users allow themselves to get sucked into sharing their details through games, surveys, "tests", etc., exactly the way in which this whole drama unfolded in the first place. 

There's a limit to what FB can do, once a user actively agrees to hand themselves off to a third-party app. For example, I have a very private FB account I use with my EFL students - and there is no personal info that can be shared. I do NOT participate in any third-party apps and have never seen the data that is there pop up elsewhere (assumed name and biographical details). 

As business people, we should realize that ALL Social Media is geared towards the collection and exploitation of data - don't you do that? Collect email addresses, cell phone numbers, addresses, etc? We all do this, or rather, smart marketers do it, because it's mission critical. 

I honestly don't blame FB at all....

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Google+ would still fall flat. It's death might have dragged out a little longer.

People are too tied into Facebook to just jump to another platform. Some people have a decade plus of memories stored there. They are not just going to walk away from that for something that offers basically the same thing.

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Tough to say, but as I get older I'm starting to believe that timing has more to do with success or failure than just about any other single factor.

But as pointed out above, FB is pretty entrenched...  Usually, real change in dominant corporations has to come not only with sustained negative publicity that users care about, but also powerful attacks on the personal lives of the folks in the C Suite, to keep them off-balance and unable to fight back effectively-- RIM's Blackberry would have stood a much stronger chance against the iPhone if Apple, Google, and Samsung hadn't orchestrated a brilliant (and probably illegal) series of attacks on the personal lives of RIM executives.

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On 9/19/2019 at 3:21 AM, MikeTucker said:

Tough to say, but as I get older I'm starting to believe that timing has more to do with success or failure than just about any other single factor.

 

The longer hoomanity persists, the greater our potential to distil retrospect into solootions for problems we ain't even figured exist yet.

In my dreams, I would wish to walk out always in a swanky skirt don't get GOBBLED by no super efficient elevator doors.

Tellya, you a gal with fashionably allurin' flaps, you don't wanna feel forever at the mercy of no mechanistic PERHAPS.

Thing is, we all typin' out on QWERTY keyboards like they the last ansah in dream discourse.

But try rollin' back THAT potential mistake in favor of clearly more intooitive solootions, see where you get!

We a conflux always of powerful gravitational pulls an' exotically allurin' flights into Forever's beyond.

An' less'n we figure the cryogenic Holy Grail scheme of stayin' around longer than our own stoopid teeth, likely we ain't nevah gonna see the troo picture 'bout what works bcs it always troo an' what works bcs it finesses all previously existent exotica to max effect.

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