Plus takes on Like!

Everyone who thinks this is just another cool new social networking thing, think again!

My thoughts and why I think this is a game-changer:

Facebook video chat has been working since y’day. But to be honest, too little too late. Facebook has become cluttered, spammy, mired in a lot of junk and just boring and largely unproductive, you know it, so don’t pretend like it does you a world of good. I’d agree that Twitter is way more productive than Facebook could ever be.
Google+ has looked at all the shortcomings of FB and has come up with a novel social media structure and it looks so much better than just adding friends. Sure, it offers 90% of the same stuff that FB already does, but where it differs is the whole structuring of services. Share what you want with who you want.
You went on a holiday with a bunch of friends, why would you want to share that with your office folks? Your brother/sister got married/engaged, why would you want to share that with people in your business circle? That’s where Google+ offers you complete choice.
Then there’s Huddle, Sparks, Hangout and Pool Party. Find out for yourself what those features offer (pretty neat I tell you!).
Also, having GMail, Search, Blogger (to be rehauled, renamed and integrated) and Picasa (to be rehauled and renamed too) all seamlessly integrated into a single Google experience is awesome and so much better than anything else out there right now. And lets not forget Google Music! 😀
This addresses the need for FB, Skype, Mail, any photo sharing service that you currently use, world’s best search engine, cloud music service, maps, location service, all rolled into one. Your online experience coupled with Chrome’s desktop extensions, make it a pretty satisfying experience and it just feels more organised. And then of course, there’s Android to access all this power on a natively supported mobile device!
There’s just nothing that can match up to this yet. Sure, Amazon has its (umm..) could service, Apple has its iCloud etc but a seamless experience is what is lacking everywhere else.
One place, all your needs addressed, why would you want to go anywhere else?

If the Buzz thinggy could be integrated into all this, I don’t see the need for Facebook, Twitter (okay maybe I’d still use Twitter), any other email service, Skype, any other search engine or maps or another location service anymore!

It’s rather interesting what Microsoft has in its plans and where its going to take computing in the near future (you can pretty much forget about Apple and stamp the fact that it’s just not fair to compare the two). If I went into all that detail, this would stretch over to a 20 page booklet. The reason I brought this up is, Google has its cloud computing plans for the future (Chrome based, very exciting stuff but too much to discuss here right now) and Microsoft has its own (again, very exciting and with lots of promise).
I could say one thing – Google looks to revolutionize social media and Microsoft looks to revolutionize personal computing (once again!) very soon. Everything/everyone else will come & go and that’s a glaringly true fact.
Sure, competition is great as it drives innovation (try telling Apple that!) but people have a tall mountain to climb to offer anything that’s close to what Google is offering right now.

First published on my Google+ page on 12th July 2011.

The 2010 Singapore GP Experience.

It was a quiet evening in my balcony after some long hours in the studio when I received the call. I had been picked again to witness the Singapore GP along with a special visit to the paddock and the Force India garage. It was that feeling of sheer joy and the adrenaline shooting up! There was hardly any relaxation after that and I wasn’t complaining. To add to it, I was told that I could take a companion along which was like a topping! So, it all began, the preparations, the plans and the excitement. Friday arrived and we were on our way, met the other winners at the airport and there was exchange of conversations about all sorts of stuff. Excitement was in the air and the thought of being in the garage didn’t let me sleep at all (not that I manage to sleep on flights much anyway). It was a cloudy morning in Singapore and, of course, I’d never felt this good coming out of Changi International ever before. There was a paddock club van waiting outside to take us to the hotel. The others were already making plans to go see some of Singapore but I wanted to get some good sleep and be fresh for the evening!

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