To summarize the start of Google+, Google’s respond to 750 million user social network Facebook, in one word: “amazing”.
Amazing – the time until the launch with as many speculations as speculators.
Amazing – Google’s concept to start with an “Invitation-only” concept during the beta-phase.
And finally amazing – that rumours say Google+ would already start losing users or – to be more specific – losing 5% of the total amount of visits during the last week and having a decline of the average on-page time per visit of 10% (see here).
Stats, which are somewhat disquieting, but not yet dramatic. Still, Google has to quickly discover, that social networks live from their openness. Obviously, this is the only way to gather a lot of people in the network, what eventually is the vital key prerequisite for all of us to use a social network. The old rule – the larger the network, the larger its benefits and possible synergies become – still holds true, also and yet especially for “Mr Internet” Google. Therefore they announced to open up the registration process to everyone by next Monday, August 1. This seems like the perfect timing of Google for this next step. They should have had enough time to learn about their new product, to improve some features and to be ready and prepared (e.g. concerning server capacity) to really launch GooglePlus on Monday without the beta-status for the entire world.
For us users, that only can be good. With more users, an easier registration-process and Google’s huge know-how to implement such ingenious features like Circles, Hangouts or Sparks, GooglePlus might be the web-combination and full-service solution of this decade – if not more.