It’s Google+ Vs. Facebook! Which Team Are You On?

Google+ has been flooding invites into the social sphere for its beta. Users everywhere seem to be impressed with all the new features, and some have even dubbed it “The Facebook Killer”. Will Facebook go the same way as MySpace and Friendster? We will soon find out. There hasn’t been a battle for control like this since Jacob vs. Edward.

Before we get into whether Facebook will be completely crushed, let’s compare some of the features that make each network unique.

Google+ has a new feature called Hangouts. Anybody who you choose to share the hangout (on mobile it’s called a huddle) with can join in at any time. The good part about the hangout is that you can all use video chat. It is not required of course, but it definitely adds to the experience. As you talk, the main video displays the user who is talking, and mutes the video of the surrounding people. If you choose to share videos through this interface (such as YouTube), the video overtakes the main video and sends the webcam videos to the bottom, allowing you to still see and talk over the video while discussing. This is a great feature for a social website, and probably one of the best features about Google+. You can even chat with up to 20 people at the same time.

comedy hour in Google+ Hangouts

Comedy hour in Google+ Hangouts

Note: Facebook just began to integrate Skype into Facebook, and it will allow a lot of the same features. This will obviously be better than the old Facebook Chat. Check out our coverage here.

Google+ has circles. Circles are basically lists that you put your friends into. It allows you to muffle others posts, share with them, or restrict content they have access to. It is a much easier way to share content than normal Facebook lists and requires no extra thought in doing so.

Much like AdSense with ads, content is generated based on what you have liked, disliked, blocked, or added on your “Sparks”(which is generated content on the sidebar based on your set interests). This allows for a much more diversifiable wall, instead of continuous clutter, like a lot of Facebook fans deal with.

One of the greatest features is the ability to delete Google+. It takes two clicks, and you are done, and everything you’ve said and done is wiped off the account forever. No more not getting hired for a job because of a picture of you holding a beer back in 2003.

However, before you make the complete move over to Google+, you have to realize that Facebook does have some advantages. Although I would normally consider this to be to the advantage of Google+, Facebook has games, and a lot of users like the apps and the games that come a long with the network.

Facebook also has better event control. You can invite everyone to an event just by clicking on them, whereas with Google+, you have more of a restricted control. This is probably an area that Google+ is working on, but for now, Facebook stays in the lead.

Why not switch now?

Facebook has been putting some pretty big lockdowns on transferring content over. It has basically gotten rid of every single workaround to port your contacts over to Google+, with the exception of using Yahoo. Facebook has claimed that this is their property, and using a third party application to move over contacts, pictures, links, etc., is a violation of terms. This being said, moving pictures is easier to move right now, but will probably be locked down later (using Picasa).

Google+ has limited invitations. I was lucky to snag my invite early, but a lot of people are still having trouble getting in due to lack of invites. Soon enough, my friends.

Facebook is a good social network; it does all the main things a social network is supposed to do. They were originally good because they were clutter free and streamlined, the opposite of MySpace. After they dominated them, they introduced ads, games, and everything else. Let’s just hope that Skynet… errr, Google, doesn’t do the same.

Everything else is the same. You are able to post, submit, upload and do basically anything you want. Facebook just happens to use Like, whereas Google uses +1. The rest is just getting started and connecting with your friends.

Protip: If you hate how your plus.google.com idea is a bunch of numbers such as https://plus.google.com/106738512917484043080, then use gplus.to and shorten it up.

Note: Credit for the graphic  at the top of the screen goes to Thomas. However, I felt I should post my version, and he agreed. Probably because his heart is made of black bile and broken golf tees. So here’s your double does of Twilight:

You know you want to watch the movies now.

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15 Comments:
  1. Google+ seems to have gained a huge following in the photography community. It might be the best platform for social photography sharing around right now.

    • @JosephMayer Good point! Google+ definitely has a better-looking photo sharing component than Facebook right now. However, Diaspora has another very good photo sharing application – it’s just not a very well known social network.

  2. @nuclearmusician I doubt Google will use Facebook’s OAuth for their own system, especially since they’re trying so hard to create that whole “unified profile” thing with your Gmail address. However, you can use Yahoo to sync your Facebook contacts to Google+: http://bit.ly/nKSE0b

  3. I double Google will use Facebook’s OAuth for their own system, especially since they’re trying to hard to create that whole “unified profile” thing with your gmail address. However, you can use Yahoo to sync your Facebook contacts to Google+: http://bit.ly/nKSE0b

  4. I’m definitely a fan of Google+. But the Fbook Contact import problem is pretty huge. Would it be possible for Google+ to use Facebook Connect? I know it sounds blasphemous, but it might be a workaround for syncing dilema.

    • I swear it was Chris’ idea.




      …I just spent the two hours creating the picture. I’ll go sit in a corner now.

  5. Google+ is not a Facebook killer. It’s a strong competitor. I actually see Google+ competing/killing more of the function of LinkedIn. 

    Don’t just use something because it’s in the spotlight and think its going to take over the world.. instead think about how Google+ can fit into your life and ways of connecting/networking. 

    I see it being more on a casual/professional level talking about interests where Facebook being all about family and friends just shooting the breeze and staying connected. 

    • I read part of whatever post that was from earlier, and i completely agree.  It will be rather hard to get a lot of people to move away from Facebook, assuming Google+ gave them reasons to in the first place.

      • I will say that Google+ Hangouts and Sparks has some extreme potential! 

        I met someone that is about to work for Google and with one simple click I can find anything related to a certain interesting of mine ex: “digital publishing”

    • Part of the appeal of Google+ for me is that the only people on there right now and really using it are the type of people that are up on tech trends, into social media, and/or chronic early adopters (aka people that I like talking to). I doubt I’m the only one that thinks this way. Do you think Google+ will lose some appeal if it goes mainstream?

      • Michael, once it goes mainstream two things will happen:

        1) Many non-geeks and people that have a gmail address (which is many… also including many schools) will be invited.

        2) These people won’t use it unless they see their friends using it.

        I think if Google does this in a pretty strategic was subtle ways for releasing/marketing/managing when the switch is made to mainstream. 

    • I duly agree as well. Google+ is very promising, people are taking notice, and are dying to get an invite, but as far as killing Facebook no chance. I see these two social networks co-existing with each other, and people just having another social network to balance and maintain…

      • There are a lot of things I like about G+, but I’m not dissatisfied with Facebook; therefore, I’m not switching. I’m not really even paying much attention to the whole “social network” aspect of G+. What I AM paying a lot of attention to, however, is Hangouts. They are revolutionary.

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