The social media world continues to rapidly change and will keep changing for years to come. The current dominators of social media are Facebook and Twitter with Google+ starting to become a presence worth noticing. Since Google+‘s debut a mere three weeks ago, there have been plenty of comparisons to Facebook and Twitter. Is Google+ a Facebook killer? Is it a Twitter killer? Mike Elgan of ComputerWorld seems to believe that Google+ will effectively incapacitate Twitter in the next few years. I personally find Twitter to be very cumbersome and strange to use since they have such a low character limit. I tend to write a lot so it’s always a problem for me. Even if I want Twitter to go away, it’s not going to go quietly.
Twitter may lack in a few things like their character limits and requiring users to learn their proprietary coding methods, but they have revolutionized social media by introducing the ability to set trends and amplify a message by rapid retweets from the community. The Google+ team is working on ways to provide concise updates according to Elgan which could hurt Twitter. If Google+ introduces their own method of implementing trending topics, Twitter could be in serious trouble.
I really find it hard to believe that Twitter will be taken out by Google+ mostly due to the fact that Twitter managed to get ingrained so deeply into society in just a few years that disintegrating it from everybody’s use will be like pulling teeth. There are many apps out there that help to manage Twitter like TweetDeck, HootSuite, and Seesmic to name a few. The media is actively using their Twitter handles and just about everything and everywhere. With many businesses rooted in using Twitter, it may take a very long time to phase them out.
Google+ is still very new and as good as it is right now, there’s a lot of room for improvement. It’s not better than Facebook or Twitter right now but with time and proper development, Google+ could be the next big thing. As of now, they are still playing catch up and if Facebook and Twitter realizes that, they can use this opportunity to push their initiative further and faster.