LinkedIn CEO questions if people will have time for Google+

With over 10 million registered users in just a few weeks (and it's still invite only) Google's new social networking service Google+ has gotten tons of buzz. But the CEO of a rival social networking service questions whether people will have time to sign up and use yet another similar service when there are some established players already available. The Business Insider reports that LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, speaking at a event in Santa Clara, California on Monday, stated, "Nobody has any free time. Unlike social platforms and TV, which can coexist, you don't see people using Twitter while they're using Facebook, or using Facebook while they're using LinkedIn."

Basically Weiner states that the social networking universe has three big businesses. Facebook is for giving messages to family and friends and Twitter is for sending out quick messages to your followers. Weiner's own LinkedIn is for business contacts and recommendations. So where does all that leave Google+? Weiner states, " ... you introduce Google+, where am I going to spend that next minute or hour of my discretionary time? I have no more time."

While it's true that Google+ is the new boy on the block, it wasn't that long ago that Facebook was also new to the business and MySpace was the 800 pound gorilla in the social networking space. Things have certainly changed as users fled MySpace and moved on to Facebook which gave its users more and better features. Weiner seems to forget that if Google offers features in Google+ that are more attractive to Facebook readers history could repeat itself.

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G+ doesn't support < ie8 || FF4, so I don't use it. I tried it on Mango, but the rendering is not where it should be right now.

Being that I can't use it on my corporate desktop, I pass on it. The other networks are where all my friends are anyways, and most of them see google as just another fb and won't even investigate.

While I don't completely agree, I think he has a point. Right now G+ is just a pretty contact organizer and photo and status sharer, there's nothing else to do there while Facebook has thousands of applications to keep users busy.

I said "right now", we don't know what Google is planning to add to G+ in the future.

xx_chinni_xx said,
I totally disagree with this guy. How come we got the time to spent at LinkedIn if we don't have time to spend at google+

Zup chinni :-) i am not sure what you mean here ?

Agreed. Google+ is a cure to the madness. I have not used facebook since it came out, I am a huge twitter user. But Google+ is awesome for streaming all the stuff i find interesting with pictures embedded youtube as you past the link etc. Easy Clean neat and tidy. I would like twitter integration though

Google+ is here to replace Twitter. One could use it to replace Facebook, I suppose, but Facebook could legitimately survive as a platform people use for more personal updates and their actual friends (rather than followers). Google+ is Twitter done right; not only do they get rid of that pointless, useless, character limit, but they address the one major privacy concern I have with Twitter (Twitter doesn't allow one to share updates with certain people; one can only either share all updates publicly, or share them just with their followers.) I do hope Twitter dies as a result of Google+; once Google open + to everyone, Twitter will be a redundant service that will now just get in the way.

Callum said,
Google+ is here to replace Twitter. One could use it to replace Facebook, I suppose, but Facebook could legitimately survive as a platform people use for more personal updates and their actual friends (rather than followers). Google+ is Twitter done right; not only do they get rid of that pointless, useless, character limit, but they address the one major privacy concern I have with Twitter (Twitter doesn't allow one to share updates with certain people; one can only either share all updates publicly, or share them just with their followers.) I do hope Twitter dies as a result of Google+; once Google open + to everyone, Twitter will be a redundant service that will now just get in the way.

Google+ circles are direct competition with Facebook groups and friends. You make a circle with your friends, a circle with your family, and a circle for your co-workers, and your family and co-workers don't see what you want your friends to see. And your family and friends don't see what you want your co-workers to see. Or post it publicly, and everyone sees.

It's a very strong platform to compete with Twitter and Facebook.

digitheatre said,
twitter,facebook,linkedin.. so much time spent...nevermind.. I'll just stay with Google+ for my one-stop social networking

+1

I signed up for Google+ and haven't gone back yet, I just find everything I need on the other two social networking sites (FB and Twittter).

dave164 said,
I signed up for Google+ and haven't gone back yet, I just find everything I need on the other two social networking sites (FB and Twittter).

But Twitter limits what you can post for no useful reason. Google allow us all to post more than 140 characters with each update; not only that, but with Google+, it's clear who has commented on which update. Updates and replies are all over the place on Twitter; if you see someone's update, you don't instantly see all of the replies to that.

dave164 said,
I signed up for Google+ and haven't gone back yet, I just find everything I need on the other two social networking sites (FB and Twittter).

What that LinkedIn guys said is so true.
Right now, I have Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Digg, Reddit.
I am mainly active in Facebook.
I use LinkedIn rarely, but I decided to keep it because it's about businesses and careers.
Twitter is useful for OpenID sign-ins.
Reddit is great for pastime content, some of which you would want to share with Facebook.

Digg: I don't use it since Digg v4, and I switched to Reddit already.
Google+: I got the invite, registered, experimented a bit. Then I went back using Facebook, where most of the activities still happen.

You know, I will switch to Google+, on the day when Facebook allows attaching Glitters GIFs in comments!

"With over 10 million registered users in just a few weeks (and its still invite only) Google's new social networking service Google+ has gotten tons of buzz."

Me thinks they're finding a lot of time. o0

DaMiEn said,
"With over 10 million registered users in just a few weeks (and its still invite only) Google's new social networking service Google+ has gotten tons of buzz."

Me thinks they're finding a lot of time. o0

Just because they registered doesn't mean they are using it though. I registered, but have only viewed it a few times. So far what everyone posts on G+ is the exact same as Facebook. Thats the only downside I see

wv@gt said,

Just because they registered doesn't mean they are using it though. I registered, but have only viewed it a few times. So far what everyone posts on G+ is the exact same as Facebook. Thats the only downside I see

It's all up to personal preference I say, but having all the services integrated into one works for me and finding the time will be pretty simple. Pretty certain I'm not the only one who finds G+ useful.

Bleh. LinkedIn is just another service which everyone signed up for and no-one really uses. Hopefully the users the yhave will leave it like Myspace and it'll sink.

dancedar said,
Bleh. LinkedIn is just another service which everyone signed up for and no-one really uses. Hopefully the users the yhave will leave it like Myspace and it'll sink.

lol you're very wrong about LinkedIn. It's the second most important social network in the US, by members and by traffic.

Rafyelzz said,

lol you're very wrong about LinkedIn. It's the second most important social network in the US, by members and by traffic.

Very wrong? Maybe not. Sure, it's the 2nd most important by members. But active users, usefulness, functionality? It's sub-par at best. Maybe the ton of traffic it has now is caused by massive unemployment around the world. But I don't know any worth-while jobs at all whereby they just want to see my LinkedIn profile over a cv. Unless you're in the 'social media' business, but then you're in your own bubble world anyway.

dancedar said,
Bleh. LinkedIn is just another service which everyone signed up for and no-one really uses. Hopefully the users the yhave will leave it like Myspace and it'll sink.

Clearly you don't grasp what LinkedIn offers. It's not just another social networking website; it's a great (if not the best) way for business professionals to discover connections and keep in touch.

Rafyelzz said,

lol you're very wrong about LinkedIn. It's the second most important social network in the US, by members and by traffic.

I've been getting LinkedIn "reminders" every few days for the past year or so. Everytime someone signs up that I know, I get an invite from them linking their facebook contacts or some crap. Each persons invite reminds me every so often that they want me to join LinkedIn. I don't even have an account, and I receive more mail from them than all my other accounts combined.

It's annoying, but I can see how they expanded so quickly. By being annoying.

Rafyelzz said,

lol you're very wrong about LinkedIn. It's the second most important social network in the US, by members and by traffic.

I think he's 100% Correct I know a few people who signed up and checked it out...but non including myself use it on a regular basis.

Baked said,

I think he's 100% Correct I know a few people who signed up and checked it out...but non including myself use it on a regular basis.

Yep, I know a bunch of people with accounts. The only people I know who use it regularly are a few people I know that work at a staffing agency.

dancedar said,

But active users, usefulness, functionality? It's sub-par at best.

My sister-in-law two weeks ago was found by Google for an unlisted position using LinkedIn. I'd say it was pretty useful.

dancedar said,
Bleh. LinkedIn is just another service which everyone signed up for and no-one really uses. Hopefully the users the yhave will leave it like Myspace and it'll sink.

I use it, and I've had a lot of success with it.