Regular readers of this site know how much we’ve talked about Google+, Google’s new endeavor in the social networking world, in the last few weeks. If you’re wondering how well it stacks up against Facebook, this infographic will help.
As you can tell from the image above, the authors of this infographic at TechnoBombs went fairly in-depth into the feature set of both social networks and have made the assertion we had previously made: Google+, although not extremely innovative, has managed to take features from other social networks and made them better. There are other occasions where Google+ managed to unveil the feature first, only to see Facebook introduce a similar service a week later (I’m looking at you, Facebook Video Chat).
The infographic above also highlights some features where Google+ has excelled at, and Facebook is still catching up to. A great example of that is +Circles, a feature in Google+ that allows granular organization of friends into groups, which can then have different permissions assigned to them. Facebook has had a similar feature for several months known as Groups, although it’s nowhere near as easy-to-use or efficient. There’s also +Hangouts in Google+, which allows for effortless multi-person video chats. Facebook, on the other hand, only allows 2-way video chats at the moment.
Facebook, on the other hand, has features that aren’t present in Google+ as of yet, including Facebook Pages for Business (Google+ only allows personal profiles as of yet), Games (although that might be changing soon, judging by a finding in Google+’s source code) and Facebook Questions. As for the latter, Google+ features threaded discussions, although no polling is available.
There’s obviously no way to be completely fair when comparing a mature 7-year-old product with a brand-new experimental one. Google+ will likely see massive improvements over the next few months, and Facebook will have to keep up with those.
Google+ is Google’s new invite-only social network aimed at making the company prominent in the social networking space. The new projected is marketed as new high-tech way to leverage natural human interaction, with features like +Hangouts for effortless group video chats right inside the browser, +Circles for granular control of friends and deep mobile integration with apps for both Android and iOS.
The platform has so far been well-received by both users and pundits.