When I first started writing "The Some Assembly Required Blog" in 2005 blogging was fresh (not brand new, but new enough that it was interesting to others). I can recall being at industry conferences and "experts" would ask the crowd if they had even heard about blogging or were reading any blogs. Few hands were raised. Fewer hands went into the air when asked if the had a blog.
Many bloggers wrote about blogging. I did here and here. Blogging was an popular topic with bloggers in 2005. Their words were mainly read by other blog enthusiasts and the few rock-star bloggers had the masses at their feet waiting to hear what they would say.
Then came Twitter. We tweeted about tweeting (so much that it became a verb). It was common in the early days to talk about the tool to others who were exploring the new medium. Others did not know or care what was going on in 140 characters or less.
Now comes Google +. I have jumped in and am relishing the nostalgia of the newness. The only difference between the early days of blogging and Twitter and today's Google + is that Chris Brogan is the new Robert Scoble.
Will Google+ take a bite out of Facebook? I have no idea. It has some parts that are much more interesting (the ease of setting up circles based on interests is great). When FB opened up beyond the college crowd it murdered MySpace. People like something new and shiny.... and will go hang out where the cool kids call home.
Pop culture (TV, movies, etc....) work Facebook and Twitter into every script they can, so when you start seeing the characters on True Blood talking about setting up "Vampire Circles", "Fairy Circles" and "Shifter Circles" on Google+ you can kiss Facebook good-bye.
Have A Great Day.