Google+ Goes Public, Will it Survive

Today’s big news the announcement that Google+ is open to the general public. Google+ invites were in big demand when the service first launched sometime in June, and the service quickly attracted 20 million visitors in its first month. I’ve been “sort of using” the service since the end of June, and have accumulated 230 additions to my Circles. But, I have to admit, I don’t use it half as much as I use Twitter and Facebook. In fact, I still have 150 invitations left. What I’ve seen so far is just a duplication of posts that I read elsewhere. But, I’m not ready to give up on it quite yet. I kind of have a feeling Google knows what it’s doing with this one. *wink*  (Yes, I bought in to Wave and never really used it much)

What is interesting to me is that the doors to the public flung open just days before Facebook’s f8 conference. (Sept. 22nd in San Francisco). Note to self: need to move to Frisco, a lot of cool stuff going on out there. Are we ready for a new social media war? laid out some of the new features Google+ is launching, including mobile support for the Google+ video chat feature known as “Hangouts.” Yet over on WebProNews, they look to have declared Google+ dead.

It will be interesting to see how the general public responds. The one thing I know is that if there is a social media war,  the public stands to benefit greatly as the leaders start rolling out even more features to compete. Let the war begin!