brinked - 7:40 pm on Jun 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
I keep on mentioning what made google so popular when it first launched. At the time most were on dialup and the fact that google was very simple was a big factor in using it as the default search engine.
Yahoo took too long to load with all of its stories, as did hotbot, aj and altavista.
Do we really need social search? I understand the web is much more social these days than it ever was, but do we need to socialize everything?
Google +1 is an inferior product to like, and it likely always will be. A large percentage of people dont even have google accounts, but most of them do have facebook accounts. Google is not social, no matter how many social type features they release, they will never be on the social level that twitter or facebook are and that is a GOOD thing. The only real value +1 would have is if they actually used it as a ranking factor like links and not just an increase for searches your "social circle" made. This would even take a lot of work to make sure it cant be manipulated.
I just don't see it being useful now or at any time in the future. I could be wrong.