July 13, 2011

Google+ Free of Parents, For Now

GOOGLE IS TAKING FACEBOOK HEAD-ON WITH THEIR NEW SOCIAL NETWORK WHICH, SO FAR, NOBODY'S PARENTS HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT YET.


Internet powerhouse Google is taking dead aim at rival Facebook. Last month the Mountain View, CA, company debuted a new social networking site, dubbed Google+, intended to draw away at least some of Facebook’s estimated 750 million users.

One of the principle draws of Google+, at least for the time being, is that hardly anyone’s parents have adopted the service, and likely won’t for at least a year.

“The majority of our parents are just starting to figure out Facebook,” said technology expert Dicky Bloads. “We’ve got twelve to eighteen months before any of them figure out that Google+ even exists.”

What sets Google+ apart from Facebook is a tool called “Circles,” a way to separate friends, family and acquaintances, and to control the flow of information based on your relationships.

In theory, this allows users to keep some information from reaching their parents, though many Apartment 3ers maintain that the mere presence of their parents on the social network would diminish its appeal.

“As long as my parents aren’t using Google+, there won’t be any chance of them stumbling upon the topless spring break beer-bong pictures I just posted,” said waitress Jen Gordon. “Or any of my Halloween costumes. Christ, I’d never hear the end of it.”

“Once I got a friend request from my mom, I knew my days on Facebook were limited,” said unemployed janitor Scarpino Smith. “I don’t necessarily want her knowing everything I’m up to, and I definitely don’t give a fuck about what she’s doing on an hourly basis.

“Google+ is the future.”

Still, not all new users of the site are convinced that Google+ will remain parents-free -- or even grandparents- or young-relative-free -- forever, and have already begun making plans for when Google+ is no longer viable.

“I’m keeping my MySpace account active just in case,” said handiwoman Jen Habel. “You never know when we’re going to have to jump ship and repopulate [MySpace]. We’ll just have to shoo away all the hobos and racoons first.”