American journalist and author, and a staff writer for Slate magazine since 2008, Farhad Manjoo has predicted the downfall of Google+. Hereís what he says:
Although G+ has accomplished in 5 months more than what Facebook did in 7 years, Manjoo is not optimistic of G+ís survival. One of his criticisms is that G+ added Brand Pages as an afterthought. "And in the social-networking business, a bad first impression spells death," Manjoo wrote.Although Google seems determined to keep adding new features, I suspect there's little it can do to prevent Google+ from becoming a ghost town. Google might not know it yet, but from the outside, it's clear that G+ has started to die--it will hang on for a year, maybe two, but at some point Google will have to put it out of its misery.
But then, Google has staked its reputation and pinned its future on Goole+ as its Brand, and they are not going to let it die without a fight.
With just a little over four months since we launched Google+, we're thrilled by the response and usage so far. It's still early days but our goal is transform the overall Google experience--making it beautifully simple because we understand what you want and can deliver it instantly. This means baking identity and sharing into all of our products so that we build a real relationship with our users.
- Google Spokesperson said to Clint Boulton on November 9, 2011