Is Google + a Better Facebook?

Earlier this week invites started rolling out for Google + to a small group of users and later in the week to a much larger group…should you care? Did Buzz let you down? Do you need another social media outlet? Maybe…let’s look @ the finer points of Google’s would-be Facebook competitor Google +:

  1. Circles – This feature allows users to “easily” segment their contacts into groups and to share information within these “circles”.  This is much improved version of Facebook groups and is much easier to configure and administer.  Circles makes it easy to keep the pictures of you violating local ordinances out of your mom’s feed and your boss’s feed while still sharing them with your more permissive circle of friends. (note:  posting pictures of you doing crazy stuff on the internet is generally a bad idea…period)
  2. Google +Sparx – Searches centered around an interest generate results that can be aggregated to an interest list and that list will begin to generate a feed of info from across the web that is relevant to your interests
  3. Huddle – Provides group messaging capability across both apple and droid phones and SMS.  This feature allows group chat between members of the circles mentioned above.  Pretty cool…at least we think so
  4. Hangouts – This is group video chat…a new development that could really revolutionize social sharing and communication…imagine a live video chat with all your family members going over your dad’s 800 picture slideshow from their Disneyworld vacation…ok maybe that is not a great example but being able to live chat with multimedia sharing has potential…for sure.
  5. The Black Bar – this is the tie in that may make Google + a winner…you have probably already seen it at the top of Google search results.  With Google+ enabled this bar makes interacting with plus across all Google properties a snap. Of course without widespread adoption of Google + all that ease of interaction is useless J
  6. Mobile App – Google certainly has the wherewithal to develop a killer app…and they have done a pretty good job of that.  All the bells and whistles above are integrated in the app and easy to use.

How does any of this stack up to Facebook?

It’s too early to tell but Google + certainly has some compelling design and functionality features that are too cool to not check out.  Google has made a series of introductory videos to Google + for those that want a video intro the project:

To get your invite go check out the Google + page here and enter your info…it seems a safe bet to say that you shouldn’t have to wait very long!