In today’s day and age, Social Media has become somewhat of a necessity. We, as human beings, don’t converse on the phone or text message as much as we used to. Even email messages – which are extremely essential for businesses and for personal use – have become ingrained in our society today. One can simply access local Wi-Fi or power on his/her 3G/4G network through a smartphone to message others via email, Facebook Chat, or Google+ Chat. It is now easier to reach a family member, friend, or peer through more than one means of communication. Technology has advanced with the times, and will continue to improve in the future. In this article, we will note the differences between two similar social networking platforms: the highly popular Facebook vs. the ever-growing Google+.
Although Facebook and Google+ strive to achieve the same goal, – that is, promoting your business, or connecting with old friends & relatives – there are many technical differences between the two social media platforms.
When you want to check up on what your friends are up to, when your favorite musicians will be in your town, or when your favorite television show will be back on air, you can check your “News Feed” on Facebook, and your “Stream” on Google+. While these two terms achieve the same goal, each uses its own unique technical term to describe the specific action and/or goal.
Have you ever had the urge to share a picture, or show off a new outfit on your profile? If yes, you can do so by posting said picture on your “Timeline” or “Facebook Wall” on Facebook, and your “Profile” on Google+. Simple, right?
The point of social media is to socialize with others – so you can add friends or acquaintances by “Friending” someone on Facebook, and “Adding to Circles” on Google+.
One downside to social media is it could be a little too public for your taste. Privacy is a necessity in life; therefore, you can privately message someone on Facebook via “Inbox” or “Facebook Chat”. On Google+, you can shoot someone a private instant message via “Messenger”.
On these two platforms, you are not restricted to just status updates and photo sharing. You are also given the option of posting videos – albeit your own unique video, or a viral video that you found on YouTube. To do so, share your video by clicking on “Facebook Video” on Facebook as well as “Hangouts” on Google+.
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A search bar is convenient for websites, and for Facebook and Google+ as well. Clicking Control+F on a PC or Command+F on a MAC can sometimes feel like a time consumer. To search for a person, place, or thing on Facebook, use the “Facebook Graph Search” bar. To search for someone or something on Google+, use the “Search in Google+” feature. Google+ has since removed their previous search feature called “Sparks” back in November 2012.
One myth about social media is that the LIKE button slightly boosts one’s confidence… so hit that LIKE button on your friend’s status, and give him/her another reason to smile. On Facebook, click the “Facebook Like” button and on Google+, hit that “+1 Button”.
Social Media is extremely essential for businesses today. Instead of calling your clients one by one, you can now send a mass email or status update via your preferred social networking platform. You can promote your own business by creating a “Facebook Page” on Facebook as well as a “Google+ Page” on Google+.
Want to show off the places that you are currently visiting? How about the specific location of your business? Check into a local place or your own business via “Places” on Facebook, and “Google+ Local” on Google+.
Celebrate the start of your business or the success of your company by setting up an event. Click “Create an Event” on Facebook and “Google+ Events” on Google+. Events are a great way to gain more clients, and to spread the word about your company via word of mouth.
Are you tired of gaming on a regular Xbox, Play Station, or Wii? Online gaming is a good way to connect with peers, or to make more online friends. To game on Facebook, you can add a “Facebook Application” or use “Facebook Credits” Keep in mind that “Credits” is a paid feature, as opposed to “Applications” which is free to use. Google+, however, have recently removed their gaming feature in June 2013.
Last but not least, both social media platforms are mobile-friendly. On Facebook Mobile, you can upload photos, videos, status updates, check-ins, and more. On Google Plus, you can “Instantly Upload” something, or engage in a “Mobile Hangout” with someone.
For your convenience, we have attached a diagram comparing the differences between Facebook and Google+ in the diagram below: