Lots of folks are making noise about whether Google+ is already dead? They’re pointing to the fact that Google’s CEO hasn’t publicly used the service for a month and that Sergey Brin is only posting odd pictures of giraffes.
So, what about it? Is Google+ dead on arrival?
Google has loads at stake in the social space. Recent Nielsen data shows that U.S. Internet users spend more time on Facebook than anywhere else (see slide 6). They’re also sitting on some $39 billion in cash. I can’t see Google backing away from Google+ specifically, or social generally, anytime soon.
As we’ve seen with Buzz and Orkut and (maybe) Google+, Google has a lot to learn about social. Google+ may not be fully alive—though I’d argue it’s well-liked by the audience that is using it. But there’s no way they’re going to give up on the patient yet.
Update (9/21/2011): So, this morning, this is what’s on Google’s search page:
Doesn’t look like Google’s letting Google+ die to me. What do you think?
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