The differences and similarities between Facebook and Google Plus will eventually regress toward the mean. In other words, as time goes on, both applications will be so similar (or so evenly different) that there won’t be much use in deciding which is best for you or your business. A presence in both G+ and Facebook will be necessary, just as a presence will be necessary in any other popular-with-another-crowd app that comes down the Internet pike.
For now, there are a few main similarities and differences between G+ and Facebook that you need to know. Here are a few main points of interest between Facebook and G+ as of this writing:
APPROVAL VOTES: Facebook has Likes; G+ has +1’s. Both apps allow websites to implement their voting buttons, allowing any Facebook or G+ user to “vote up” the site. Likes and +1’s can be given to comments on their respective sites.
SHARING: Both sites make sharing fairly simple to do. G+ upped the ante when the introduced “Ripples,” an added feature that allows you to map the course of the share as it goes viral.
RANKING: G+ wins the game, as they own the court. Facebook is still a closed system that doesn’t register on the search engine giant’s radar. Google Plus updates, on the other hand, show up in the smallest of Google Alerts. This blows Facebook out of the water if what you are looking for is more link exposure on the web. Another kicker: Google integrates G+ with all of its other apps, like gmail, docs and Reader. Facebook seems to be building its own little fortress and ignoring the (non-)functionality of their in-house search.
CATEGORIZING: Once very friendly to user-curated friend categories, Facebook has moved away from the tiered approach and would rather users paint large factions of friends in broad strokes, like “Acquaintances” or “Family.” Facebook is now relegating a user’s previously established categories to an annoying “Show All” scroll down dialog. G+ uses circles and an easy drag-and-drop user-interface. A user can see all their circles on one page, with no pull-down menus or extra steps to navigate.
ASSOCIATING: Friending on Facebook has to be a mutually agreed upon endeavor. Not so with G+. On G+ you can be circled by any user; you do not have to approve their subscription to your public updates, and you do not have to circle that user back. There is a block function on G+ but it is a lengthy process that involves navigating to that user’s profile and clicking a BLOCK button. On Facebook, you click “Not now” on the friend request for the basic block, then go through more elaborate measures if you want to privatize your status updates even more. On G+, a user can choose to share an update with only one circle, many circles, or a public post. G+ doesn’t have the custom sharing tiers that Facebook has.
COMMUNICATIONS: Email and chatting is similar in both apps. Facebook has video chatting now on a one-to-one basis. G+ has hangouts that can be group video chats, one-on-one chats, or broadcast chats (like TV interviews). G+ is ahead of the game here.
The list of similarities and differences between Facebook and G+ could be dissertation-length. G+ doesn’t have nearly as many features as Facebook. Yet. Mobile operations could be the deciding factor on who dominates the market in the future (G+’s iPhone app is much less functional than its Android app, naturally, as Android is a Google operating system; Facebook’s mobile apps are a frequent subject of moaning tweets from many a varied mobile OS user). For now, the general feel is that the web apps of Facebook and G+ are attracting different crowds. Facebook has hit the mainstream; G+ is just now gaining momentum, which means more early-adopter types. As a personal and business user, you will have to do a bit of legwork to figure out which app will bring better returns on your time investment in social media.
Author Bio:- Sarah Jenkins is a blogger for YTD Downloader, a software website that offers a YouTube Converter to save your favorite videos to a variety of formats, such as YouTube to Mp3, 3GP and AVI.