Ezra Klein (one of my favorite follows on Twitter) posted some thoughts about Google+ vs Twitter, giving the nod to Google+. It’s really not too surprising. He’s a political writer and, as such, he’ll want to be able to expand on his thoughts. Google+ gives him the space he needs for his thoughts and have conversations on it in one interface. Twitter just lets him post something simple and then link to his expansion on the subject.
It’s great, but Google needs to bake Blogger in with Plus and Reader, and allow people to post in any of those places, and anything that is posted to Public or a designated Circle goes on a page that can have a customizable, public facing template. It would be formidable competition to Tumblr, but most importantly, it would be a huge step towards consolidating our online thoughts. As much as I think that Circles fragments our lives, incorporating these products would actually allow Circles to do what it’s supposed to do in the first place: make it easier to share things.
But while I agree with Klein that Google+ is a better place for having actual conversations, I think he misses the real value in Twitter’s character limit: that it’s so popular precisely because it boils down people’s thoughts into more manageable chunks. It’s easier to get actual news from Twitter because people can’t go off into long, drawn-out thoughts. Comedians are forced to be even more witty. And inane comments or posts on subjects that don’t interest you are easier to gloss over than in longer forms.
I love that there’s a better place for having conversations, but I don’t think that Google+’s pros detract from Twitter’s pros at all.