Why Google+ Is Better Than Facebook

Posted: July 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Earlier this week, Google’s highly anticipated social network opened up to early testers and the internet has been buzzing ever since. After little more than a week, many are considering ditching the king of the throne for the new kid of the block, and with good reason. Google has brought a serious contender to the table which attacks all of Facebook’s weak points. Here are the reasons why I believe Google+ will be a hit.

Privacy

The most important aspect of Google+ that differentiates itself from Facebook is it values your privacy. With every status update you post, every picture you upload, and every link you share, you have complete control over who can and can’t see it. This is accomplished by using Circles, and every time you are ready to post something you must specify which group of your friends are able to see it. This is a drastic change from Facebook whose policy of broadcasting your every single move to all of your friends can sometimes prove detrimental.

Another problem that Circles is poised to solve is the need to juggle multiple online personalities. Since the user has complete control over who can see what, it allows users to share more freely, more often, without fear of retaliation. No more having to worrying about your pastor seeing those drunken party pictures, or having acquaintances and co-workers knowing all of your personal business.

Hangouts

Hangouts is one of my favorite and most unique feature in Google+. Any user can start a “hangout” session with the click of a button and up to nine other friends can join in as they please. Not only can you guys videochat with each other, but you can also watch YouTube videos together. I’m embarrassed to say how many times my brother and I were on the phone and tried to simultaneously press Play on our computers so we can enjoy a YouTube video together. In addition to “hanging out” with friends, I can see this as a great conferencing and collaborating tool for the business and education environments. Facebook’s “awesome” announcement can’t hold a candle to Hangouts.

Facebook looks stale

I’ve been spending more and more time on Google+ since being allowed in, and every time I decide to take a break and check out Facebook, I feel depressed. Coming from Google’s bright and vibrant atmosphere to Facebook’s pale blue, poorly layed out interface, I can’t help but have all of the joy sucked out of me. Facebook feels like stale bread now, much like MySpace did once I got the hang of Facebook.

Wrap Up

If Facebook wants to remain King of the Hill, they need to tackle these weak points sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I will be hanging out with my friends on Google+ and not looking back.

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