Facebook isn’t the only utility in the social arena; Google + is up-and-coming, and in fact, quickly gaining popularity. The overall cyber consensus these days seems to deem Facebook the victor as-of-yet, however, that doesn’t mean both social networks have their pros and cons. Here’s a brief comparison that might help you decide on which network you’d prefer to air your digital dirty laundry.
User base is an important factor when it comes to social networking – after all, the more users, the more opportunities to get your gossip on. You may be surprised to know that Google +, not Facebook, was the first media network to reach 25 million users – and it did so within its first month. It took Facebook about three years to hit that number – however since then, FB has grown like weeds in the cracks of the social sidewalk – to an outrageous 750 million users!
When it comes to privacy, Facebook has been snowed over with concerns for what seems like years – and Google +’s privacy options remain, to this day, a great deal more forceful. Unlike FB, Google + allows users to customize who can view individual posts. Although Facebook seems always to be tweaking its settings to protect user confidentiality, Google + is many points ahead in the privacy part of the arena.
Besides broadcasting dating disasters and posting pics of Junior’s first haircut, people are using social utilities for playtime. Currently, more than 50% of Facebookers play games – and that’s probably because the service boasts a library of about a bazillion titles. Google +, on the other hand, comes nowhere close to this size of a collection with only about 20 games.
Video chat is a lesser-known love amongst social networkers, nevertheless, both services offer it. Google + takes the cake, however, as its “Hangout” feature allows up to 10 people to chat at the same time. Meanwhile, Facebook allows for only one-on-one chatting capability.
So far, Facebook holds the reigns with a higher user base and a larger game library while Google + boasts stronger privacy and superior chat functions. The deal breaker: mobile apps. While Google +’s mobile app for iPhone and Android phones offers all of the fundamentals via its Huddle feature (a group-chat tool comparable to the vintage AOL chat platform), Facebook comes back stronger with its Mobile Messenger app – a tool that not only offers advanced functionality but can be used across a whole slew of devices.
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