After a long-awaited launch of the top secret social network or so-called “Project” by Google, Google+ is ready to rock the users with its incredible features. Apart from its profile and stream, the five core areas of Google+ include Circles, Hangouts, Instant Upload, Sparks and Huddle. Circles allow users to segment their friends and drive updates to specific groups vs. entire friends list; while Hangout brings live group video chat to the table.
Instant Upload removes the barrier between uploading images from mobile to social service, and Sparks is Google+ version of the relevancy engine that serves a dual purpose of identifying and sharing interests. Lastly, Huddle brings group texting to social network and allows users to carry on the conversation outside of the standard web interface. But there is a lot more than you need to know.
Why Switch From Facebook To Google+?
Google+ versus Facebook is a misstating issue that has arisen with the launch of this social network. This is not about one site vs. another site; instead of Google+ is much bigger than what people are expecting it to be. This social network is estimated to become a central part of Google’s whole identity, thus reshaping the company. And if you are looking forward to ditch Facebook, then here are some great reasons to do that.
• Easy to Find Stuff for Sharing: Google+ Spark is another essential plus point over Facebook. It gives users an instant source of relevant information to share with friends. Because Facebook has no search engine, its users have to either leave the site for finding shareable data or wait for their friends to share it with them. And Spark makes it a good reason to go for Google+.
• Enhanced Mobile App: Moving content from an Android phone to the social platform is quite more comfortable, cleaner and more functional with Google+ mobile app. This fantastic app is looking forward to making your Android phone a seamless addition to the Google+ platform, and the company is expecting to use its vast Android user base as a wedge against Facebook.
• Improved Friend Management: The concept of “Circles” is wonderful. We interact with different kinds of friends in very different ways in our daily life. And Facebook’s Groups feature enables us to form ad hoc groups of friends, but Google+ is something very different and friend “circles” is the bedrock of the Google+ platform.
• Content Sharing Is Now Safe: Privacy being its principal aim, Google+ has made sharing content safer. For instance, if you share an article or upload an image, Google+ gives you a choice of which friend circles you would like to share the content with. So, with this, you need not worry about your privacy anymore.
• Better Photo Tagging: When viewing photos in Google+, tagging people in them is quite similar as in Facebook, but the difference lies in the way Google handles the privacy of photo tagging. As you label somebody, a note appears on the screen, “Adding this tag will notify the person you have tagged. They will be able to view the photo and the related album.” However, Facebook does not warn users that they have been tagged.
• Group Chat Features: Group Chat is another area where Google+ beats Facebook. Forming ad hoc group video chats using Hangouts in Google+ is very simple and is a fun thing to do in social networking. And the new Huddle mobile app makes it easy for Android users to get involved in group text chats, while Facebook does not offer any such features.
• Retrieving Data: Facebook is known for its poor maintenance of personal data and users even require making their data, public, at specified instances. Additionally, deleting your profile permanently from Facebook may not be possible, but Google+ allows you to pick all your data quickly and walk away. This is possible through a tool called “Data Liberation.” A few clicks can help you in downloading data from Picasa Albums, profiles, Google+ stream, Buzz and even contacts.
What Google+ Can Do & Facebook Can’t?
One of the signature features of Google+ is Circles that allow users to create mini friends lists or social circles within their large friend networks. They can easily customize groups with a drag-and-drop feature to limit who can see what. This makes sharing content more comfortable, fun and safer. But on Facebook, it is not that easy to manage. Then Facebook also restricts the user circle of friends with Facebook Groups, which is treated more like a forum with admins rather than a subset of real-life friends.
One of the most significant advantages of Facebook for advertisers is that it is a platform first and with a laser focus on driving social for users & brands alike. But as experts say, running a social network is all about responsible stewardship of users’ personal information and Google is a mature company that is seen more trustworthy than Facebook. So, who would you choose as your social network?