Like pretty much everyone else in this business, I’ve spent the better part of the last week poking and prodding Google’s latest entry into the social networking space: Google+.
The quick verdict? It’s well-designed, fairly intuitive, fast, and a joy to use. While still early, it’s shaping up to be one of the most promising and viable new social networks to emerge since the meteoric rise of Facebook began a few years back.
On December 26th, 2010 the Golden Age of Quora officially kicked off with a blog post by Robert Scoble titled: “Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years?” followed by a related TechCrunch article. For a glorious few weeks, Quora was the toast of the social media community. It’s been downhill ever since.
As insanely useful as LinkedIn is for professional networking – it has become the de facto online resume for millions – it simply has never caught on with brand marketers the way Facebook has. Part of that is the B2B skew of the LI community, but no small part is the relatively unwelcoming set of marketing options presented to potential advertisers and sponsors. So it’s cool to see Volkswagen pull off a simple yet smart and entertaining campaign using LinkedIn as the foundation.
The rumors are swirling today that Twitter is on the verge of launching better profile pages for brands – akin in effect to Facebook brand pages (update: non-denial denial posted by Twitter). The debate seems to boil down to “will they be useful to brands” and “will Twitter users mind and/or care?”