Google+ /Plus Impact: Would You Totally Quit Facebook Now?

At OSM we’ve been keeping readers informed with developments over the newest social network, Google+, sometimes referred to as Google Plus. Some may have wondered if there was room for yet another social network but as times change and social networking becomes ever more prevalent it seems that Google+ has already made its mark. Now we’re asking if you would consider totally quitting Facebook for Google+.

Yesterday OSM’s Tim Ollason told how Google+ already has over 10 million users which is a staggering achievement in only two weeks since it went live. We have to say that we’ve been pretty impressed with Google+ so far and it seems that many of you out there are just as impressed. In fact we’re already hearing reports that some people are defecting from Facebook in favor of this latest social network.

Over on Mashable, Todd Wasserman gives some examples of people who’ve said they were exiting Facebook and why. For instance the president of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan, who has over 3,000 friends on Facebook has left an “I have moved” message on his Facebook account. He says on his Google+account, “I never liked Facebook “I never used it to stay in touch with friends. I never had a great experience with the platform. I never had it work well (if at all) for my business. So, I didn’t bother. I used it grudgingly.”

Another user says that they are deleting their Facebook account and that half of their friends have already moved. As Wasserman points out though, this could simply be a response to the novelty of the new social network. There are others such as Dave Armano, of PR agency, Edelman who referring to Chris Brogan quitting Facebook says, “Wondering if that’s a career-limiting move considering clients who will still want council on Facebook on the years to come,” which seems like a fair point.

Mashable is currently conducting a poll asking readers if they are considering leaving Facebook for Google+ and currently 23.51% say they have already left while another 31.81% are considering quitting Facebook. Another 36.69% say they will keep both and 7.99% reckon that Google+ is lame. This sounds like slightly worrying news for Facebook but considering its massive user base we’re not sure how much of an impact there will be in the long term. The poll is still ongoing if you want to cast your vote.

So what about you? We’re interested to hear your thoughts about Google+. Are you thinking of quitting Facebook or maybe you think there’s a place for both? Let us know with your comments.

  • Glenn Nickols

    I left Facebook, and twitter, this week. It felt liberating. I’m enjoying + but it feels different. Maybe that’s why I am enjoying it. It feels more about collaboration and knowledge share and less about random irrelevant ‘updates’. I don’t see it catching on with adolescents though. Its less friendsterish than Facebook which will remain a wallmart / MacDonalds standard while + will be more for the creative’s and contemporary adults. it feels a lot less gimmicky than facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/robw92 Rob Wilkerson

    I am in that percentage that’s ‘using Facebook grudgingly’ and considering leaving. I won’t do so immediately, but if enough of my friends and family join Google+ (and it takes off the way I think it may), that could change rather quickly for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mah-Poad/502532776 Mah Poad

    I registered my Facebook account a few years ago and barely return to it. One of the reasons is the privacy protection at FB has not been very good. I think they all care for themselves and their $$$ and I feel the FB people are a bunch of money hungry people. I tend to think the Google people are “better”, just like Mike had commented. I am now a G+ user and so far I ‘ve really enjoyed the service, I think their platform is easier and cleaner to use, feeling Google would treat my privacy with better care. Furthermore, FB is mostly owned by the Chinese, Russian, and Microsoft..Big bad China is thinking about buying out the majority of FB private stocks. Google is a total American company that constantly innovates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mah-Poad/502532776 Mah Poad

    I registered my Facebook account a few years ago and barely return to it. One of the reasons is the privacy protection at FB has not been very good. I think they all care for themselves and their $$$ and I feel the FB people are a bunch of money hungry people. I tend to think the Google people are “better”, just like Mike had commented. I am now a G+ user and so far I ‘ve really enjoyed the service, I think their platform is easier and cleaner to use, feeling Google would treat my privacy with better care. Furthermore, FB is mostly owned by the Chinese, Russian, and Microsoft..Big bad China is thinking about buying out the majority of FB private stocks. Google is a total American company that constantly innovates.