July 23, 2011 | by Charles West
In a recent interview with PC Mag’s Leslie Horn, tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talked about what he loved so much about Google Plus. It’s no secret that we at Androinica are pro Plus, so when Cuban mentioned some of the things we’ve already stated, we naturally had to add our two cents.
If you know anything about Mark Cuban, then you know he’s very out spoken and visible when it comes to social media, with active profiles on both Twitter and Facebook. Google+ is something different because Cuban feels that the tech community is driving adoption rather than college kids (a knock at the Zuck perhaps?), which he considers an originating culture that drove the likes of Twitter to the forefront. Cuban told PC Mag, “With techies as a starting point, [Google+] will get more responsive users that will help Google evolve the platform very quickly to where users want it to be.”
Lets analyze that statement for a second. In my Google Plus Circles op-ed, I touched on a similar logic when I said, “Google came out with Plus to attract the more advanced-user,” also adding, “Google is banking on those advanced users out there to better educate the more casual types thinking of transitioning to Plus.” Is this not what Cuban is saying, when he mentions techies at the helm gives Google+ more responsive users to help elevate the platform much quicker? I’d like to think so.
The Mavericks owner also loves Plus’s main attraction Circles. In discussing the reason why he loved the feature so much, Cuban said, “Google+ allows you to create Circles that match how you relate to people, whether personally, or professionally, or somewhere in between. I think that gives it an advantage, particularly as it relates to privacy.” This just validates the point I’ve made with people using the Circles concept.
One idea the tech mogul had that I loved the most had to do with “skins.” He thinks Google Plus should add the ability for users to change the skins of its interface. “People need to be able to have an interface they feel comfortable with,” he added. The ironic thing is, avid Android users love customizing their phones — it would be awesome if Google added such a feature to not just its web interface, but its Android Plus app. An app feature like this would blow peoples’ minds.
All in all, I thought Mark Cuban’s thoughts on Google’s new superstar project was enlightening to say the least. But enough of what I think, what do you think about Mark Cuban’s comments on Google Plus? Do you agree or disagree with his statements? As always, leave your comments in the comment section below.
For more on Mark Cuban’s interview read here.
Feature picture by: David Yellen