Originally published on August 04, 2011
Google + has been running in Beta mode for a while now. I got on the Beta back in June and started tinkering with the platform. My very first reaction could simply be expressed with the term “tabula rasa”. Google is going with blank slate strategy here. They are not trying too hard. In fact they are not trying at all. Google is not new to the social networking phenomenon. They’ve had orkut running for a number of years now and I am sure they’ve learned a lot from that experience.
Well, this blog post is not an actual review of Google +, as I am still waiting for them to keep on adding new features to it. Speaking of which, I had an idea for Google +, well a couple really and I thought I’d share. It has to do with the design component of how the contacts are displayed. Right now the system would just flat out display the contacts that you have in your circles. This approach has a couple of major drawbacks:
Just to recap, 1) bringing enriched data 2) using existing data at your disposal (gmail, blogger, buzz and other feeds coming into buzz) 3) monitoring the frequency and recency of message exchange between two or more entities and 4) being able to build some kind of metrics leveraging analytics is the key piece here. The important thing to remember is to not use a brute-force mechanism to be able to do this. But rather, the system would notice that the user has logged in. They have interacted with this and that individual during the course of the past xx days. Okay, let’s suggest this person to this individual based on these metrics. Food for thought for the Google plus team.