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"Despite his misgivings about what Google cast aside to make Google+ a reality, Whittaker (Microsoft-turned-Google engineer James Whittaker -- now once again a Microsoft employee)thinks that the social network was worth a shot. If it had worked -- if Google had dramatically changed the social Web for the better -- it would have been a heroic gamble.
But it didn't. It's too early to write Google+ off, but the site is developing a reputation as a ghost town. Google says 90 million people have signed up, but analysts and anecdotal evidence show that fairly few have turned into heavy users.
'Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn't invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation," Whittaker wrote. "The fact that no one came to Google's party became the elephant in the room.' "
What do you think? Is Google+ a ghost town?
I'm with you on that David. Thank you.
An interesting update to this conversation. I read an interesting article by Cotton Delo on AdAge called, "Google+ a Ghost Town as Brands Decamp for Pinterest". Suggested reading. http://adage.com/article/digital/google-a-ghost-town-brands-decamp-...
Wow Alexander, out of the blue! This is a great infographic about Social. What conclusions do you draw from it about Google+?
Actually, I might be wrong! Although, he's said this stuff before.
Popular content does make a difference. The fact of the matter, if you're posting content that captivates, is loved and shared, Googlebot will find it and respect it. The example that I showed below, well yeah it's big players.
Comes down to the content that converts. This is what I measure and those are signals.
I think Ferruccio Lamborghini seems to have made a bigger splash with his sports cars than G+ has in social media, BUT since google owns the internet (until China buys it for a $Trillion), there is a bit of extortion to build your reach for the sake of SEO, and online review sites...
Tom LaPointe, great comparison! I wonder...