What Do You Think Of Google+? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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polls   What Do You Think Of Google+? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we decided to poll your browsing habits and asked if you use a start page or saved sessions in your browser. It seems start pages are the most popular option, but only by one vote!

With 466 votes, answers were divided as follows: 33% voters use a start page; 33% use saved sessions; 25% have a “home” page of several pages; and 9% voters use some other solution. From the comments, it seems most people with another solution actually use “about:blank” as their “home” page.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

start page saved sessions poll   What Do You Think Of Google+? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think Of Google+?

Google+ has dominated tech news this week, so it’s only fair that we ask you all what you think of it.

We know there’s some wildly conflicting thoughts on Google+ out there — feel free to elaborate on yours in the comments. Love it? Hate it? Couldn’t care less? Tell all!

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Shane Lear

I’m very quickly learning to love Google+.  Google has done a great job of building a simpler Facebook that is ingrained with all of their major products like Gmail and Picasa Web.  It has better privacy settings and is easier to share things with specific people or “circles”.  

I also like that it is part of the new black menu bar, so you can essentially access it from any Google product page. You always know that you’re signed in and if you have a new message or response, it is clearly shown in the black bar.

Another thing I like is the chat feature, which is really Gmail chat, so even though I have few friends signed up, I can chat from there as well.

I have to admit, too, that there is a real “cool factor” since it’s invitation-only.  It seems like everybody is clamoring for an invite.  It reminds me of the beginning of Gmail a few years back.

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Brian Blank

I am very frustrated. As a Google Apps user, we’ve been left in the dark again. They’ve been promising since March that we’ll get Profiles, but they have yet to deliver. It’ll likely be a year before I get to preview +.

Anton Fletcher

There’s nothing stopping you signing up for a regular account as well – if you want early access to Google products, then use the channel that they deliver them on. It’s worth setting that account to US-English, because they tend to launch for that language first too.

Google has to maintain a level of reliability to Apps customers (we’re the paying ones) they can’t push test products too us.

Brian Blank

I agree. I have a regular Google account. I would then be stuck with two identities – one where people know me and another that is obscure and hidden. To really test it, I have to use it. However, Google rarely provides a way to transition from one account to another in a timely manner, if at all.

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KiteZA

I keep reading these fantastic things about it, and seeing lovely video clips and pictures, and yet I feel stuck in the cold without an invite.

Of course, this will be interpreted as fishing for an invite (:P), but it really does look like something that a lot of thought has been put into and has great potential.

I was one of the unfortunate, awkward victims of Buzz, and I’ve been somewhat dubious of Google’s forays into social media. Despite this, I can’t see how they might go wrong with +… unless they arbitrarily decide to post everybody’s personal information, checkin history, emails, search history and other private data to their Google+ profile, and then remove all privacy settings. Have fun trying to explain that to your boss/spouse/kids…

I can only hope they’ve learnt their lesson from Buzz.

Shane Lear

I’ve sent out invitations to my friends and family and it seems to be taking a day or two before they receive it.  If you like, send me your email address and I’ll send you an invite.

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Joshua Clarke

If I only had an invite, I could REALLY express my feelings on this poll! *wink wink*

Orangeinks

yea me too! :) orangeinks @ “youknow” dot com. Thanks to whoever will invite me.

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Cell Travis

Google+ looks like the clearer, fresher and more privacy-conscious alternative to FB. I like the potential of this new platform and would like to see how to pans out through integration and expansion.

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Scutterman

There should be an “I would tell you what I think, but I didn’t get an invite” option on the poll.

+ seems like a good idea but I’m already cutting down on the amount of time I spend in social media – I never use my twitter account and I only check facebook for inbox messages – if google draw me into another social network I’ll have to be careful not to let it take too much time.

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Dianel Leonard

I look forward to checking it out when it reaches the masses. I will need to filter my want/needs a bit since I already have way too many things to keep track of. Google seems to want to offer all things to all people and I hope they are able to deliver the quality that we have grown to expect from them. I love my g-mail, Google docs and apps, having a one stop shop would be convenient.

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Margaret

I will leave it until it reaches a critical mass.  It looks interesting but another tool to learn for a 40+ mom – ugh.

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Chase Michael Vandiver

I don’t think its fair to ask because its not out to the public and won’t be for weeks or even months.

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Rose Manya

google + rocks.I am sooo going to delete my facebook after it launches =) Facebook’s chat sucks! And overall it is jjust plaaain boring bluee whitee website…i bet google + will have themes …but what will i say? i am facebooking,orkuting,twittering,but googleplusing…:/ well thats weird..but anyways,i like it 95 % .Its a FACEboOK kIllER

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Mikelbbg

Google’s business and privacy practices will keep me off.

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meg dunn

I selected “love it” but the way I really feel is that I can’t stand Facebook and if all my friends are going to be somewhere, i’d much rather it be Google+ than Facebook. Ideally all my friends would be on Multiply.com. But they’re not interested in that. Google’s big enough that they might be convinced to leave Facebook. Google+ is really a cross between FB and Tumblr. It’s a bit more intuitive than FB, seems to fit together with itself better, and has more granular controls. G+ is definitely better than clunky, half-assed FB. 

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