Search features are Google’s core DNA, however the current search tools doesn’t easily search content within the Google+ stream (it’s limited to finding people, images, circles). Because Facebook features lack any significant search abilities and Twitter’s search is limited to a short time duration this is a significant competitive advantage as users can rely on this platform for long term retrieval of information. On Google’s over arching strategy, integrating this data with their existing search tools is obvious –it’s more fodder for their engines. 3) Enable an Applications Platform Google has an active developer community that already encircles their camp, in fact they should offer developer platforms and integrate opportunity to integrate. Facebook and Twitter developers are frustrated with a ‘one-sided’ relationship and want to spread their eggs into multiple baskets. As a result, they will be glad there’s competition between platforms which will give them new opportunities and improve their relationships. As a result this influx of new use cases will fuel adoption of the platform and we’ll start to see brand sponsored apps that will result in corporate marketing promoting branded Google+ Brand pages (more on that on #4) 4) Launch Brand Pages (no, really) Google suffers from at least one major flop for every social networking flop, and this year it was their closing of brand pages in a very messy way. While there are few early adopter test brands like Ford that are still active, most brands pages have been sunsetted. Expect Google to offer a new set of brand pages and vanity URLs with application features, and coupled with their existing analytics products and web advertising network. If they do this right, the brands will do the marketing for them, here’s how it will go down: brands will jump on, their competitors will say “quick we need a Google+ strategy” and follow suit, then they’ll race to see who gets the most circle members and turn their marketing engines on. The best case scenario for Google is having brands link to their Google+ brand pages from their corporate homepages fueling mass adoption. 5) Integrate Google+ into Search Engine Results Pages Finally, the Coup de grâce, will be for Google to announce (or prove) that what happens in Google+ will integrate with google SERP pages. Because Twitter and Facebook have limited search tools and their use cases are limited to social networking or social utility they will not have a competitive edge. When they do this, X things will happen: 1) Early adopters and bloggers will immediately invest more to be first of mind, in fact, expect news to break within Google+ from bloggers and press. 2) Brands will heavily invest in their Google+ brand pages, fueling more adoption from corporations and their agency partners (we know social media teams already spend on advertising) 3) Backlash from the industry as anti-trust and anti-competition wi

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