It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Google+. They redesigned the site back in April but I only saw it for the first time today.
The navigation ribbon on the site is excellent. So much better than the crazy navigation Facebook provides. What I’m not sold on is the whole box within a box post set-up that drifts to the left of the page. What’s on the right? A great, big, mostly empty sidebar that would be just perfect for ads.
Looking at other examples, I see that the sidebar is designed to hold a list of of friends who are currently online and available for chat. But that’s kind of a waste of good real estate, don’t you think?
The rumor around the water cooler is that Google+ is getting into the social ad business because they had a job posting for a “product marketing manager for social ads launch marketing.” The posting has since been removed but it’s a logical step. Websites have ads, Google+ will have ads and they already have space to do it.
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