I got my invite and I’m in. Getting access to Google + turned out to be quite tough. First impressions? Slick. Lots of features. Innovative. And unlike most Google products, it isn’t ugly as hell. Is it a Facebook killer? Before trying it, I was as dubious about Google+ gaining any real traction as I was with their last effort at social networking, Google Buzz. I remain skeptical, but much less so this time. Firstly, it isn’t (or doesn’t appear to be) dependent on Gmail. That was a Buzz killer, not a Facebook killer. Google+ doesn’t seem to be embracing third party systems yet though – Flickr is key for me. It’s got a way to go, but the biggest stumbling block will be getting users, ordinary users who are currently embedded with Facebook. That’s tough. And I think I can see Google+’s biggest problem. It’s not instantly intuitive. I have invites. Let me know if you want one.
I’ve also been playing with 500px, a new photo sharing website. That too comes with some pros and cons. It’s a slick and unique experience. The photographers on there are producing some outstanding content. But there are flaws too. The name….500px? Really? And it costs $50 to be ‘awesome’. That’s too much. There’s not even a 30 day trial. I am tempted though to fork up. Well, I would be, if I had $50. But I don’t and given that I’ve spent two months worth of pay of visas and flights recently, with lots more expense to come, I won’t have it to spare. Shame. But if you’re looking for a virtual home for your photos, it’s worth a look. I’ve decided to use it to display my better efforts with my E-PL1.