At 7/14/11 08:25 PM, Archawn wrote:
At 7/13/11 10:20 PM, Chickumbleh wrote:
Right, I just sent the invites. Make sure you report your age as over 18. For some reason, Google doesn't let minors enter right now.Something about not having "proper protection for teenagers"...
I find it rather silly that Google wants feedback on its social networking project but won't even give the primary age group that uses websites like Facebook and Twitter access to it.
I think that's because that group of people wouldn't be able to give them any kind of real feedback, the majority of current active Google+ members (or at least the majority with any more than 10 people in their circles/people have them in circles, actually using the service) are social media experts and technology evangelists, that sort of crowd, Google will probably drop the age restriction when it goes public but if a bunch of 11 year olds jump onto it and don't even end up using it because they don't understand the value or get pissed off after two seconds because one small thing didn't work, they would care about whether it is in beta or not, they'd simply leave, rule it out and tell their friends it's a load of bull, which is far worse than making them wait a while.
I don't think it's silly at all, Google+ already has 10 million users even though it's invite only and has an age restriction, it has been stated before (and apparently forgotten by everyone) that it isn't intended to compete directly with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr etc but rather form a new pseudo-niche, I say pseudo because it isn't really a niche per say, there are a lot of people that fit the demographic for an active Google+ user that uses the site actively.
If we look at an alternate perspective (branched from what I said about wanting useful feedback) it may also be that while they may not publicise it they may secretly just want to keep Google+ "clean", which sounds ridiculous I know but considering the current extremely positive and mature reputation that it already has it isn't that far fetched that google may wan't to keep it that way by whatever means necessary. Though that's just one idea of many possible ones, there is likely no truth at all to it but it's fun to discuss.