Kevin Rose is not anyone, he is the co-founder of Digg, and he only received a few hundreds comments and shares for this sentence.
Now I have it all under one umbrella, with Circles and more important, with Sparks. Why use Facebook any further? Clearly, it has the advantage of some 700+ million users, but once Google+ is widely available to the public, this is going to change quickly (further info). More important to me, Facebook has a history of security leaks, sharing data without asking and at least sometimes of not notifying users of changes.
Facebook limits status updates ("Status updates must be less than 420 characters. You have entered 2,435 characters here" => great), Google+ apparently not, though I haven´t tried more 2,435 characters (who needs more?).
But of course the bigger question is how Google+ will be integrated into Google Search over time, and adding paid advertising/Google Adwords on Google+ later. I think things are a little bit different than described here by Google´s Christian Oestlien:
Either he missed it or he didn´t want to outline this further. In fact, though posts on Google+ don´t have a specific URL with characters (instead of the numbers used now), making it more easy for search engines, Google Alerts are returning things mentioned in a Google+ post pretty quickly (actually within less than one hour), although they are yet not fully integrated into Google Sparks (another downside here). My visibility on Facebook and Google+ is restricted, but I never experienced a Google Alert following a Facebook post.
Some have reported that Google+ is already driving "significant" traffic to their sites, but given the few days Google+ is fully online and the still limited number of people on Google+ I doubt that pretty much - just early geek ramblings. But one photog is already reporting sales through Google+.
The downside of leaving your blog completely for Google+ however is that you:
- Don´t own the space where you post
- Can´t store videos
- Don´t have nice sounding/optimized URLs for Google Search
- Lose with simple domain forwarding all your previous content of all years (no archives)
- Can´t run any ads (not for now)
- Can´t sort posts - no categories, no keywords, no tags
- Can´t really search for various content on your domain, especially not for content which dates back to the year 2004 etc.
- Have no control how long Google+ hosts your posts (3 years? 5 years?)
- No analytical measurement tool for further fine-tuning (ExtremeTracking, Google Analytics, whatever)
However, I´m tempted to leave this place and stay online on Google+ only for a few weeks during summer, so no blog, no Facebook, and no Twitter (which is likely to suffer the most from the Google+ - approach). If you need an invitation to Google+, let me know, and meet me over there.
Here are some tips for starting with Google+:
- And because it came up here: you can sort Google Circles by adding alphabetical characters to them respectively renaming them (A- Job, B- Buddies, C- Microstock, D- CSFB, E- PWC, etc.), which is smarter than working with numbers where you run into the old "8,9,99,999,10,11"- sorting problem.
- How to measure Google Plus with analytics (Chris Penn)
- Ford wins a rare corporate foothold on Google+
(Stephen Shankland, with links to his other posts on Google+)
Microstock & footage agencies will be allowed to set up corporate sites on Google+ in about 10 days (around July 21st). Except for casual marketing services/communication purposes with the new Hangouts-feature of Google+ with some users & contributors and a more streamlined communication through Circles (maybe even "backwards" through Sparks) with the audience, I don´t see any predominant reasons right now to run only Google+ (some are already bugged out), and not Facebook. Especially not if you have some 47,000 fans on your Facebook page. Exporting your Facebook fans to Google+ has been disabled, but it should work for your Twitter followers with this solution. Apps are coming soon to Google+, too.
But finally it´s all about qualified traffic and I think very likely Google Search will promote Google+ and its content more than Facebook. Given the new features of Google+ which Facebook currently does not have, many users new to Social Media (yes, there are still many) will probably join Google+ in first place, and some old users will switch to Google+ entirely. Especially those which are on Facebook less than one or two years. Like with Gmail, Google Adwords will appear over time in Google+, but, using the information included in Google Profiles, shown to a much more targeted audience.
So who is going to be the first microstock agency on Google+? I can´t tell, it depends largely on Google´s behaviour whom they will accept in first place, and when. As they intend to make the Google+ - experience for companies a real compelling experience, they will likely prefer the Big Four and reject the smaller ones for the time being. I have signed up myself for a corporate account and keep you posted about the procedure - on Google+ and maybe here.