NYT tech critic: Google+ has ‘a real shot’ at competing with Facebook

David Pogue, the Times’ tech guru, offers an endorsement of Google’s social network, recognizing that the company’s unveiling of Google+ has factored into its early success.

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That 10 million is no small feat, but Google+ is mostly populated with tech geeks, social media pioneers, PR and marketing types, and assorted curiosity seekers who’ve wrangled an invite.

The general public is still status updating and tweeting their hearts away. (Compare Google+’s 10 million to Facebook’s 750 million users and Twitter’s 200 million.)

Maybe today’s endorsement of Google+ by New York Times tech critic David Pogue will help spur interest among those who haven’t heard—or who don’t care—about the new social network.

“It’s the latest Google ‘we wanna be Facebook’ project,” Pogue writes. “The difference is, this one’s got a real shot.”

Pogue says that one reason Google+ is gaining traction—unlike other Google projects such as Wave and Buzz—is the company’s drip-drip approach to rolling out the service.

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