Not another social network

By Stephanie Cercone

Google+ has many features that challenge existing social networks (Photo from Google+ features)

In August 2003, Myspace introduced itself to the world as a major start to the social networking generation.
In February 2004, Facebook challenged this unprecedented site and slowly gained popularity among its members; eventually becoming a social networking giant, consuming our friends, our families, our media, and perhaps, our very humanity.
Today, Google+ challenges the social networking world again by opening up its membership to anyone, just three months after its creation.
“It’s just another social network taking over our lives,” said student Christopher Hathaway, “Why even bother going out and socializing when you can interact with anyone you want without even leaving your room?”
Many social networkers acknowledge what Hathaway has said, expressing their lack of connection to the real world because of social networking. Just when you thought Facebook was taking over, here comes Google+.
“It makes my life so much easier; it’s like AIM, Skype, Myspace, and Facebook combined,” said student Rebecca Burns.
Google+ allows members to create “circles,” where they can share different things with different people based on the groups that they have created.
The new social network also offers “hangouts,” or face to face chats with friends and family. This feature is supposed to be for an “unplanned meet-up,” as stated in the tour section of the Google+ homepage.
“Huddle” is another original feature of the new network. “Huddle has got to be the best thing since three-way calling, I can talk to everyone I want in one conversation without having to jump back and forth to make plans or just hold a good conversation,” said student Erica Carney.
Instead of having to register on a handful of social networks, you can now invest your time into one that will encompass all of the others.
“There are already plenty of people switching over to Google+ from Facebook. People are so worked up about all of Facebook’s new changes that they want to try something new,” said Computer Science major Michael Gribble.
50 million people have already made the switch. Will you be the next?