Google + announced that they are now open to the public. There is no longer a need for the tight red velvet rope and invite only to get inside Google’s much anticipated social network. It’s opening to the masses reminds me much of Facebook and the way that they no longer made it necessary to have a .edu email address to gain access to their site, and when they did this they grew exponentially greater and to be quite frank more powerful.
One thing that did strike me as kind of odd was the same day Google + announced their “all people welcome day”, Facebook undergoes drastic changes to their website. The immediate change most people noticed was the look and feel of the updated public forum, however what was even more shocking was the privacy settings and geolocation modifications. Now when you post on your wall or update your status, your location is automatically shared even if you had opted out to this add on in the previous version. Facebook has also altered their
“Top Stories” feature to be stories that you would most likely like to hear about. Facebook’s stance, “We’ll do the thinking for you”.
There has been an immense amount of negative feedback surrounding the Facebook update which has caused many to question their membership with Facebook, however the number of people deleting their accounts is minimal at this point. Will Facebook have the MySpace downfall?