I've been inundated over the past few weeks with emails, DM's and messsages. "Hey, is Google+ like SMAK". Yes, Google+ has some very similar features of SMAK, and we are pretty disappointed we were not out of private Alpha so that people could compare the two. What can I say... well, here is what I can say. Here are just a few reasons why we didn't release:
Security and Privacy - Google+ launched and quickly realized that people didn't like it when you stuck 20 of your connections in the "Annoying" circle. So, of course they shutdown log-ins and scrambled for a fix.
Usability - The most popular question on Google+ so far is "why am I here?" followed by "where is everybody?".
Intelligence - So far Google+ makes a lot recommendations of people you should connect with. Too bad you don't know any of them. Really, do you need to be managing 500 new avatars?
CASH & Klout - Google has a lot of both. They can afford to make mistakes.
So the long and short is, hang with us! We are working hard to bring you a solution that will work not only with Google+, but all of your already invested relationship networks. We don't you wasting time, being frustrated or feeling exposed by a new tool. Your security, ssage and already established network is our biggest focus. And unlike Google, we can't afford to make a mistake.
Well, if for nothing else Google+ validated that we like to drag and drop our friends avatars around. It sort of makes us feel like puppet masters.
I really do like some of the features. I just see it making my life even more complicated, and yet another channel to check.
How do you feel about it? Would love to hear your comments.
PS: don't forget to register for SMAK www.mysmak.com