Google+ as a Personal Dashboard

The web is raving about Google+ (G+), social media’s new kid on the block and supposed Facebook (FB) killer.

Google icon in front of faded Facebook icon

Personally, I don’t think you’ll see a massive shift in user base from FB to G+. I think instead, you’ll see a shift in time on site as people will use G+ more than FB. The reason is that while FB is a great for connecting and socializing with people, G+ has the potential to be useful to a person on a day-to-day basis, especially if Google starts to integrate it’s other services into G+.

I have been playing around with G+ for a few days now and I think it’s great. But I also wish that other Google services such as Gmail, Calendar, and Google Docs were integrated into it (clicking on the Gmail link and having it open up a new tab is annoying). It would be great to be able to customize the toolbar to include Google apps that you use regularly, add widgets to the sidebars, and search the web right from your homepage.

With all of the different web applications and services Google has at it’s disposal, G+ has the potential of becoming much more than just another social media website. It has the potential to become a customized personal dashboard that we use on a daily basis.

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