Google+ is slowly gaining momentum and has picked up lots of acclaims in a very short span of time. Facebook and Twitter are already considering the newly formed social networking domain as the biggest threat to their existence. However, Facebook and Twitter can counter on a few flaws that Google+ still has. If Google+ is to advance beyond Facebook and Twitter’s popularity, these errors have to be removed sooner rather than later.
The networking domain has the options of Buzz, Google Chat and +1 which are still disconnected. These features need to be integrated if Google+ is to advance. Google+’s chat option looks like Facebook’s own Chat but the new networking domain’s chat is off from its original version, which means the friends on Gchat in Gmail will not be shown on the Google+ version. Google may look to separate the chat option from the original Gmail and connect it to Google+.
There seems to be similar problems with +1 and Buzz, which don’t show up in the original stream. The user’s friends can only see the +1 tab hit for something by the user in the uninteractive profile. This is one area where Facebook still dominates. Facebook’s Like button makes whatever the user likes public, which is not the case for Google+’s +1 button.
Another problem with the new social networking website is that it doesn’t have an answer to Facebook’s Wall. Only profiles have been provided to different users but no option is there that will allow them to publicize their updates and comments. Google+ has to improvise on the wall feature for users to write on, and that the users can link them to Google Chat. A private messaging option is also desirable. A wall can be the fastest way to contact a friend.
A new Sparks option has also been included which is just a simple version of Google’s very own Google News. The stories provided, however, are same to what the user will find when comparing with Google News. Google, like most of its other built-in applications, should look to make it more useful for the users if they stand any chance against Facebook and Twitter which have too much of a head start at the moment. Facebook at the moment has around 750 million active users.