I’m probably the one person you know [or don’t know] that doesn’t use Facebook. I never saw a need to use it, and coupled with their terrible stance on privacy and general doucheness by Zuckerberg, wouldn’t be caught dead using it. Then Twitter came along and created—shortly filling thereafter—a need to consume a constant stream of technology, movie, and cat-related information, amongst other things, and the ability to share all this easily.
Amidst all this, once again, I’m probably the only person you know [or don’t know] that uses Google Wave. Heavily. I’m talking on average, 150+ messages a day with 7 or 8 friends. It solved the constant load on my Inbox, and took group email to another level. We found a crazy bunch of use cases for it, and are the power of power users.
There are no doubts many are looking to use Google+ as a Facebook alternative, and may use it exactly the same way. People have talked to death about the different aspects, and the interface, but I will say that I love the integration between desktop and mobile. The Android app looks fantastic, and the design of the UI and its interactions are a pleasure to work with, especially the notifications in the top right, the Circles acting as the left hand navigation and their likeness to Twitter lists [my greatest love of Twitter], and the creation of the Circles.
It’s also gone some way in moving the Google Cloud forward, and as much as uploading images to the Cloud is nothing new, the fact that I took a photo, did absolutely NOTHING, and it appeared in my stream as well as a private Picasa album a minute later for me to use was rather nifty. RWW just published a post that touts the photo uploads as Google+’s killer feature, and its advantages over Facebook and iCloud.
Coming back to Wave though, all I really wanted was a mobile Wave client. I wanted this for a good year, and then the mobile Group Messaging craze happened. Wave was, and still is, perfect for this; it’s just bloated in its feature set, and not on mobiles. We used Beluga at SXSW, and then it started forcing Facebook sign-on. For now, I’ve had a play around with nearly every aspect of Google+, but I’m thinking my primary use case will be that of group messaging. Group messaging through two simple, and nicely designed interfaces.
xkcd is having a field day with this, but no, this is not me. Who knows how my Google+ use will evolve? Maybe I’ll ditch it in a week, or maybe I’ll start +1ing everything under the sun and tagging people and playing Farmville and whatever… Obviously it depends on the user base, and I’ve still been using Wave with the same set of friends today, but we’ve been Huddling and Hanging Out [attempting to] in Circles as well.
Actually, no, one more thing I will be using it for in these first few days is feedback / gripes / thoughts on Google+, because I must say, with so many Googlers on there, the conversations are flying thick and fast, and there’s no point talking about it on Twitter until more start using Google+. Even today I’ve felt kind of weird talking about it, when most I converse with haven’t had the chance to use it yet.