Google+ versus FaceBook

I used Google+ last year to see what the fuss is about, and quickly went back to FaceBook.

I’m now using Google+ a bit more, and I think there’s a good chance it will be a FB killer. Why?

  • Google+ is reaching a tipping point where it is gaining a network effect
  • Google+ is based around the notion of communities, whereas FB is based on individual people.
  • People are mostly uninteresting, unless you happen to know them personally. The idea that you try to accumulate friends is a vanity issue – it doesn’t actually “do” anything. Communities of common interests is a much more powerful idea
  • I have generated more discussion and interaction in the last couple of weeks on Google+ than I have ever done with FaceBook.
  • Google+ is based on the idea of openness. FaceBook is based on the idea “All Your Data Are Belong To Us”. Need proof? Here it is: anyone can access Google+ public data without an account, whilst FaceBook require you to set up an account to access it. As someone once pointed out about FaceBook: that alone tells you all you need to know about what FB thinks of your data.

About mcturra2000

Computer programmer living in Scotland.
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