There are many who would disagree with me on this, and that is okay. However, I believe that Google+ is a better social medium than Facebook.
Just as the hot new male model Hansel made Derek Zoolander look like old news, Google+ has the mojo to make Facebook the next Myspace. Below I’ve typed up a list of all the reasons I believe Google+ is better than Facebook.
UI (a.k.a. User Interface for the non-geeks)
When I first laid eyes on the Google+ interface, I was instantly in love. It’s simplistic, and gives the eye plenty of room to breathe. I feel like Facebook has become grossly obese in terms of its visual interface. When I open it up, it’s just congested with all kinds of clutter. Apparently I wasn’t the only one to feel this way:
With Facebook when I login with my computer the page is cluttered with all kinds of crap. Posts, events, people… I never know where to find anything. –Chris Koenigsaecker
UX (a.k.a. User Experience – a technical term for how much fun it is to use a website. Another geek thing.)
I love how functional and easy to use Google+ is. It only took me a few minutes to understand all of the basics of how everything works. There are a few keyboard shortcuts that you will have to discover to help posting and reading more efficient. However, for the most part it is way less cumbersome than navigating Facebook.
Another awesome aspect of Google+ functionality is that it is streamlined across nearly all Google products! Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc., you always have the ability to check notifications or post updates.
I like how Google+ is well integrated into many of the Google pages. On Facebook you have to live on the Facebook page, or download the browser Rockmelt for similar functionality… If i’m on a google page I can see my G+ notifications right there and view them while I’m searching for stuff or checking my Gmail while at work. –Johnathon Brown
Sparks (similiar to StumbleUpon)
I love this feature. It’s a really simple concept if you understand StumbleUpon. Facebook doesn’t have anything like this, and likely never will. Sparks allows me to seek out topics that interest me within the comfort of Google+.
I will add that I think this feature could be dramatically improved with an ability to preview the site or article a little more than what is given in the stream view. It seems to be just a little too little of a preview. (Yes, you read that sentence right!)
Hangouts (Video chat game changer)
I’m embarrassed for Facebook in the area of chat. Google+ gives the ability to video chat with up to 10 people at once. On top of that, you can simultaneously search for and watch YouTube videos in the same window, at the same time with everyone in the chat.
One week after Hangouts was unveiled, Facebook had the guts to announce they have Skype powered chat. Really Facebook? Really?! That’s the equivalent to Verizon offering everyone free iPhone 5’s then a week later T-Mobile announcing that they finally have the iPhone 3G.
The Hangouts feature is by far a game changer, and the best thing Facebook could do was finally incorporate something that was revolutionary 5 years ago.
Potential for Businesses, Blogs, and Digital Entrepreneurs
Unlike the “like” button, Google’s +1 will soon start effecting a website’s SEO. This probably means nothing to the average web surfer, but the internet savvy understand how huge this is. It’s probably the reason so many bloggers and website owners flocked to Google+ so quickly.
Being that I am a blogger and aspiring “digital tentmaker”, this is huge for me.
A “Social Reset” of sorts
I have to admit it’s like a breath of fresh air to be able to start over. We all have those friend requests that we’ve accepted and later regretted it. But you can’t just delete those people because that would be rude. You can use Facebook’s “Hide” feature, but that can get annoying.
Kyle Reed’s response made me laugh:
I like Google+ way better [than Facebook]. Mainly because teenagers and 50 year old women are no where to be found. –Kyle Reed
Once you’ve gone Circles, you can never go back
This is by far my favorite feature of Google+, and the reason I think it completely annihilates Facebook. The fact that I have a dead simple way of only sharing certain posts with certain groups (or circles) of people is amazing! It’s not only easy to put people into different circles, but it’s also kind of fun!
I don’t have to blast everybody with an update that only a small group of people will find relevant, I can share it with just those who would appreciate it. I can also cut down my stream clutter by clicking only on the circles I want to see in my stream. I really, really love this feature.
I like the ease with which I can control who can see my posts. –Craig Dungan
I can actually manage my friends unlike Facebook. –Joseph Afework
Circles allows one to control who sees what with respect to updates, and that’s good if someone wants to appeal to certain audiences for various reasons. –Frank Viola
An interesting fact
I posed this question on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+:
Question: Do you like Google+ better than Facebook? Why or why not?
The interesting thing was that the people on Facebook focused on what they didn’t like about Google+. They didn’t really say anything good about Facebook (aside from one commenter). Those who answered the question on Google+ however, leaned toward the positives of Google+, and not so much the negatives of Facebook. That was very interesting to me.
At the end of the day, I still enjoy Facebook. 99% of my friends are still there, and probably won’t migrate to Google+ any time soon. That’s okay with me. I don’t have anything against Facebook, but I just think that Google+ is the better platform. There are still tons of things I love about Facebook, and I don’t plan on abandoning it.
If you’re still not on Google+, I suggest you click this link and sign up now! Be sure to add me to your circles once you’re in!
How about you? Do you agree or disagree with any of these points? Let me know in the comments below!