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GOOGLE PLUS IS BETTER THAN FACEBOOK?

Posted by on December 30, 2013

Reshared post from +Scott Swain

GOOGLE PLUS IS BETTER THAN FACEBOOK?

IT FEELS BETTER WHEN YOU DO IT RIGHT
"Google Plus feels better? No way. I tried it. It was a Ghost Town!"
Response: "Oh? How many people did have you circled over on Google Plus?"
Answer: "Thirty."

Newsflash: You have to circle (subscribe/follow/stalk) people in order to have a rich, creamy stream of incoming articles raining upon your uptilted smiling face while dramatic music plays in the background. Where do you think Facebook got the idea of following people? Remember when people had to friend you back in order for you to follow them? You couldn't stalk anyone! And because the makers of Google Plus are masters of search, you will find the process of finding people WHO HAVE SIMILAR INTERESTS is much easier than it is on Facebook. I put emphasis above on "interests" because Google Plus is geared more toward your interests than your geography or types of relationships. The cool thing is that you are not limited by this; you can treat it like you do Facebook but it is easier to do much more with it in bed. 

Follow a few thousand people (easy to do) and you will see Google Plus start to feel BIGGER than Facebook. Then your "problem" becomes too much coming all at once and luckily G+ makes it super easy, with "circles" to organize your information stream so it feels just right.

NO ADS TO DISTRACT YOU FROM DOING IT
That's right. Notice all the ads on the side of the screen when you are using Facebook? There are none in Google Plus. Easier to focus on the exciting stories or animated GIFs of cats doing their endless people experiments.

BETTER LOOKING AND FEELING
The interface makes it easy to see and use what you want when you want. Clean, well-groomed, and modern. No baggage. With every post you make, it is obvious and easy to designate who sees that post, making privacy choices easier. For those who like to watch, Google Plus has "Google Hangouts" that in my experience works better than Skype! Try using Skype to video conference with 10 people at once. 

Jazzy up your message. When you make a post, do you want to use rich text markup like italics, strikeout, and bold? Do you want it to post a link to an article and it works every time? Do you want to easily edit what you wrote? NOTE: yay, Facebook has copied G+ again and you can edit in Facebook. 

BETTER FOR DOING YOUR BUSINESS
In Google Plus, if you post to "public", your posts are visible via Google Search. Also, if you post often about a certain topic, Google gives you "authority" toward that topic and any web sites you have will have their search ranking affected by this. If you run a business or help someone with their "social media marketing", you need to be using G+.

THE PARTS FIT TOGETHER WELL
As you may know, Google also owns YouTube and recently upgraded video comments to use Google Plus. If you use YouTube – and you should if you want to promote your business; consult with www.oceanmedia.net (me) – you will find this makes your job easier and more effective.

GOOGLE AT LEAST ACTS LIKE THEY CARE MORE ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY and… THEY PROBABLY DO
For years Google has published a dynamic page you can go to and see government requests for information. See it here: http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/. Some might say, "Oh but it came out recently that Google was giving user data to the NSA!" Guess what? Google, like many tech companies, had been issued NSLs (National Security Letters" that basically told them, "You will give us the data and you will keep your mouth shut or else you will be charged with treason or worse." It was only after Edward Snowden spilled the beans that Google was able to join up recently with Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Twitter, AOL, and Facebook, to speak out and begin to fight against the NSA's unconstitutional snooping: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/nsa-surveillance-tech-companies-demand-sweeping-changes-to-us-laws

G+ IS GROWING FASTER THAN FACEBOOK
As of December 2013, here's the social networks with the most active users base:
Facebook – 1.19 Billion active users
Google+ – 540 Million active users
LinkedIn – 259 Million active users
Twitter – 232 Million active users
Instagram – 150 Million active users
Pinterest – 70 Million active users
Source: http://dustn.tv/active-users-2013/

GIVE IT A TRY, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT
You don't have to quit Facebook. Your friends, family, and exes are there! Just go over to https://plus.google.com and creating a free account is easy. It does need to be tied to a GMail account so if you have one that you want to use, sign in to GMail first and it will make your G+ account creation that much quicker and easier. Finally, look me up on there at https://plus.google.com/+ScottSwain/

SHOW ME HOW TO DO IT BETTER
1. Differences between G+ Pages and G+ Profiles : http://goo.gl/821UG
2. Display : Google+ vs Facebook : http://goo.gl/nEHwg
3. Exclusive Features on Google Plus : http://goo.gl/jJ3IP
4. FAQs about HashTags : http://goo.gl/LFVXl
5. Google Chat Tip : http://goo.gl/1AJd1
6. Google+ Circle Notification : http://goo.gl/riUrg
7. Google+ for Developers : http://goo.gl/HCPyo
8. Google+ Games : Directory : http://goo.gl/jwXfR
9. Google+ Guide for Newbies : http://goo.gl/mDHFS
10. Google+ Guide for Teens : http://goo.gl/FAF79
11. Google+ Guide to Sorting in Circles : http://goo.gl/EmCaL
12. Google+ Guide to your Circles (NEW) : http://goo.gl/kgy2G
13. Google+ Guide to your Circles (OLD) : http://goo.gl/AJYP4
14. Google+ Guide to your Photos (NEW) : http://goo.gl/Kc5oy
15. Google+ Guide to your Photos (OLD) : http://goo.gl/RJ2fy 
16. Google+ Guide to your Profile (NEW) : http://goo.gl/wD2FA
17. Google+ Guide to your Profile (OLD) : http://goo.gl/bplgN
18. Google+ Guide to your Settings : http://goo.gl/V3Gow
19. Google+ Guide to your Stream (NEW) : http://goo.gl/D6y00
20. Google+ Guide to your Stream (OLD) : http://goo.gl/nCW5U
21. Google+ Instructions for Beginners : http://goo.gl/HuvQm
22. Google+ Local : http://goo.gl/KvZuE
23. Google+ Search Filters : http://goo.gl/navO3
24. Google+ Search Tips for Newbies : http://goo.gl/QyEqV
25. Google+ Start-up Guide :http://goo.gl/MklwP
26. Google+ Start-up Guide for Sri Lankans(Sinhala) :http://goo.gl/CB0FC
27. Google+ Tip : Share to Contacts : http://goo.gl/A0lsK
28. Google+ Tip for Mentions : http://goo.gl/mnjZS
29. Google+ YouTube Videos : http://goo.gl/WQX6W
30. How to do a successful POLL on Google+? : http://goo.gl/906AE 
31. How to import Your Facebook Friends' Birthdays to Google Calendar : http://goo.gl/0Nr97
32. How to use the Google+ “F1” Directory? : http://goo.gl/pnZJw
33. How to write a Successful Google+ Post : http://goo.gl/dXSF6
34. Keyboard Shortcuts to ease your G+ use : http://goo.gl/rCCEV
35. List of Google Chrome Shortcuts : http://goo.gl/TZfuB
36. List of Google+ Features : http://goo.gl/h5dUJ
37. List of Google+ guides for Newbies : http://goo.gl/ZpoUu
38. List of Google+ Search Tips : http://goo.gl/Nluj9
39. List of Lists : http://goo.gl/d2ybc
40. List of Top Google+ Tips & Tricks : http://goo.gl/RCret
41. New filters for Notifications : http://goo.gl/ExOO6
42. New Profile Cover Photo(s) : http://goo.gl/On9qf
43. New Profile Hovercard : http://goo.gl/NtFxM
44. New Profile Icons : http://goo.gl/OPbgl
45. Noticed a decrease in Interaction in your Posts? : http://goo.gl/W8mMK 
46. Switch between Pages Easily : http://goo.gl/nxQZ1
47. The +Denis Labelle Collection : http://goo.gl/OHY1v
48. The +Gabriel Vasile Collection : http://goo.gl/DZVY8
49. The +Jaana Nyström Collection : http://goo.gl/f5cOm
50. The +M Sinclair Collection : http://goo.gl/AHK57
51. The +Rahul Roy Collection : http://goo.gl/9jQ6p
52. The Google+ "F1" Directory [COMPLETE]: http://goo.gl/qaa5y
53. The Google+ "F1" Directory v1.0 : http://goo.gl/sPEOF
54. The Google+ "F1" Directory v2.0 : http://goo.gl/jAHkK
55. The Official Google+ Directory of G+ Pages :http://goo.gl/EnIgD
56. Things to Do When You Share : http://goo.gl/7DAtY
57. Top Google+ Pages I Recommend For Newbies : http://goo.gl/aijF0
58. Top Shared Circles on G+ : http://goo.gl/k13fm
59. What is the Best Time to Post : http://goo.gl/K1cfw
60. Why you should try Google+ apart from Facebook : http://goo.gl/F8Xir

2 Responses to GOOGLE PLUS IS BETTER THAN FACEBOOK?

  1. Don Krypton

    That's fine, but I think it would be better to spread the rumour again, that it's totally boring here…to keep the rest of all the idiots away.

  2. Jonathon Barton

    +Don Krypton It's a pretty trivial maintenance task to keep the idiots out of your circles, and I say that as someone who has a circle management system with a basic foundation of "Circle Everyone".

    Specific details of how I decide who to keep circled are in my profile. =)