|Facebook or Google Plus?|
Hang on, isn’t Google Plus a ghost town?
In late 2012, Google Plus launched Communities, interactive forums where people with common interests could gather and discuss the things important to them; some of these communities have around 50,000 members!
OK, so what is the main difference between Facebook and Google Plus?
- Facebook focuses on connecting you with your existing friends and your relationships with them
- Google Plus helps you build new connections, find interesting people and discover content that can surprise and delight you
Google Plus is simply setup to let you define exactly what you want to see and from whom, whilst also highlighting some of the best people, content and thinking so you can expand your interests and horizons.
How does that work? How can I control what I (and others) see in Google Plus?When you follow people in Google Plus (just like friending them on Facebook), you can add that person to one or more Google Plus ‘Circles’. You can make these circles about anything you like: you might have one for family members, one for business colleagues, another one for people that post awesome photographs and another for popular science.
- You can post your content to one circle, all your circles or to a public feed, so you can control exactly who sees what you post
- You control what you see from every circle in your content feed. You might want to see everything that your family posts but only the best posts from the photographers
What about Facebook Groups, is there anything like that?
How can I discover new content?
- Joining some of the more popular ‘public circles’ and having other people share stuff with you
- Joining some communities and discovering content that way
- Using the ‘Explore’ function in Google Plus which will let you know what’s popular on the network
One of the things that I find annoying in Facebook is all the ads and promoted content, how does Google Plus deal with that?
This all sounds great; does Google Plus have any features that Facebook doesn’t have?
Can you do a side by side comparison of Facebook and Google Plus, so I can see whether what’s on one social network is also on the other?
|Compare the features of Facebook & Google Plus|
And this is just the start; Google Plus is only going to grow and become more popular, it’s time to make the switch, or at least come along and see what’s happening.