Google Plus is introducing a Games feed – or so the rumor goes. Google has been shooting itself in the foot a little with Google Plus – like the debacle with Google Plus business profiles and subsequent favorable treatment.
As with the forthcoming business profiles, with the confirmation of a Games feed to come in Google Plus, Google is trying to one up the social behemoth of Facebook. Probably one of the most annoying things that I find with Facebook is that everyone’s game updates and notifications clog the chatter from your friends, your enemies, and those random people you haven’t talked to since elementary school.
Why wouldn’t Google try and add and refine a Games section? They are a major investor in Zynga – the creators of the Facebook addiction, Farmville. It will be interesting to see what kind of games they roll out on the Google Plus games feed or however they will be doing it – the ‘confirmation’ of Google Games was a mention in the help center of ‘shared games,’ and someone who had a lot of time on their hands went really deep into the code of Google Plus and found the logo for Google games and also some very interesting API actions.
We are an ADD over-stimulated disaffected internet population these days – we aren’t in the yesteryears in middle-of-nowhere Worcester MA. Heating oil is not how we power our devices, and we aren’t easily amused by staring at the ceiling all day – kids are glued to the computer, are pasty white from lack of sun…Long story short, we have short attention spans, and if Google can’t recognize that and leverage that, and do it better than Facebook has, people will return to what it familiar and continue to clog our Facebook news feed about the new farm they just built or the person that they just shot or whatever.
Some of the games that might be going into Google Plus include some of the typical Facebook games – there are speculations about everything from zombie killing games to puzzle games, poker and retro shooter games.
As there has been no official announcement from Google about the Games stream and what kind of capability it has, we are just going to have to wait and see what happens, and what news Google is going to release – and when.
Google might be tied up at the moment with the bad press from the business profiles business – and might be wary of releasing any new features in Plus at the moment. Or – it could be the exact opposite and Google will want to release new features on their social network to push the previous mess out of people’s minds.
Hopefully Google will be introducing Games soon – I’m curious what this clash of social networking titans will look like when all the cards are on the table, and the two end up being fairly comparable.
Emma Taylor is a writer for an international consulting company, and has been for the past four or five years. A geek at heart, she has always been interested in technology and the digital world.