Will Google+ be a "Ghost City"
After reading this, I wonder whether Google+ is really a Ghost City now, I cannot give my answer. Since it was released just around 8 months ago, so the user base is not very large. I registered a Google+ a few months ago. And I found some features of Google+ are really cool, such as Hangouts and YouTube search, although I never used them. I spend much time at the beginning to explore the features provided by Google+. After some time, I found that there was no major difference between Google+ and Facebook. They both provide similar functionalities such as status update, post share and friends find. So I started to think why I have to use Google+ since I already have a Facebook account. Now I spend less and less time on Google+.
What will be Google+’s final destination? I think in the future Google+ will be a Ghost City if there are no many attractive features provided by Google+.
Currently there are many SNS (Social Network Service) providers, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. They all let us publish status, upload images and share other’s news feed. Then why do we need register all these accounts? We only need one or two. They are more than enough as long as we can find our friends there. We don’t have so much time to update a status on all these websites again and again.
According to Google CEO Larry Page, there are more than 60 million users registered on Google+ since June 2011. This is a huge amount of users. But the problem is that how much time a user spends on Google+, if no one uses Google+, then it is meaningless to say how many registered users you have. I have to say that Google+ is a very cool application. But we need to admit it’s too late. If it is released before Facebook came out. The situation may be reverted now.
I guess this is also related to social fatigue. After spending so much time on social networks every day, we are now some kind of isolated from real world. We spend much time reading others status, sharing others posts and playing games. We are tired of this. From my observation, nowadays, less and less people create original posts, most of the time; they are only willing to read others shares and if they find they are interesting, they will re-share them. But they refuse to create their own.
In conclusion, because of the reasons externally and internally, I think Google+ will be a Ghost City in the future.