GiantsFan14 wrote:jfg wrote:I really don't. I could care less what Facebook and Google know about me for the most part. I just find it amusing that people are switching to Google because of privacy concerns when Google is enemy #1 if you really are concerned about that.
Plus, I hate it when nerds go and try to ruin a good thing.
Google has self-driving cars, how could they not be better at social networking than facebook? where are facebook's self-driving cars? i bet if they put google in charge of the country they'd like insta-fix everything. man that'd be awesome.
Because social networking isn't really Google's forte. Google is an information company, mainly revolving around search and their products in some way support/integrate that core business. Just because something is innovative in and of itself, or just because a company happens to hire the best and the brightest, doesn't mean the product serves their audience's needs. Facebook is a social networking company, designed with just that goal in mind, and that's why what they do is good enough for most to not consider moving off the site (not to mention, how many friends/family those users have on FB).
Take for example, Google Wave. It was built on what was for the time, a new real-time communications protocol, meant to seamlessly integrate all the web services you use in an intuitive way. If that sounds like a complex description of what Wave was, it is. Normally, if you have to describe a product in a jargon-reliant way without really delivering the point of what it does... it doesn't likely sell in the minds of most consumers. The biggest undoing to Wave was it was developer-centric, but not user-centric, meaning that it was reliant on developers to keep rolling out applications and hopefully that users will follow.
I'd say what Google learned with Wave and what they've done with Plus, is they're taking the opposite approach. Get the users on board, then the developers to write the applications with an easy-to-use platform such that they can deploy apps in relatively less time.