<strong><img src="images/stories/faceoff-intro-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Facebook vs. Google+" title="Facebook vs. Google+"></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong>Overview</strong></p> <p>Google+ launched just three months ago and only this week became open to the public, but with Google’s massive search engine and resources behind it, Google+ should not be underestimated. It has approximately 43 million members, the majority of them men.</p> <p>Facebook has a seven-year head start in the social media space and has grown to 800 million members. The social networking giant this week announced <a alt="((CONLINK|3186|big%20changes))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3186-facebook-planning-big-changes.html">big changes</a> , including profiles turned into timelines and a new breed of social apps, which may leave some users wondering if they should forge ahead with Facebook or switch to Google+.</p> <p>Here we compare the two social media sites, from setting up profiles to building social connections, which is the real reason we’re all <a alt="((CONLINK|3158|spending%20hours))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3158-time-americans-spend-facebook.html">spending hours</a> on these sites, right?</p> <p><strong>Table of Contents</strong></p> <p></p>

<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/faceoff-profile-110923.jpg" border="0" alt="Facebook profile vs. Google+ profile" title="Facebook profile vs. Google+ profile"></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong>The profile</strong></p> <p>Facebook has radically redesigned its profile page and calls it the <a alt="((CONLINK|3193|Timeline))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3193-facebook-debuts-new-timeline-user-profile.html">Timeline</a> .  The new format can be used to construct a visual chronicle of your life, limited only by the photos and information you can get your hands on.</p> <p>At this week’s Facebook conference, founder Mark Zuckerberg compared Facebook’s profile evolution to having a conversation with a stranger. The original Facebook profile contained just the basic facts — name, school, work — the first five minutes of conversation. When Facebook added its news stream it was the equivalent of “what have you been doing lately?” the next 15 minutes. The upcoming profile represents “the next few hours of deep conversation.” The Facebook profile has become the <a alt="((CONLINK|3198|Timeline))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3198-how-to-get-the-new-facebook-timeline-profile-before-it-goes-live.html">Timeline</a> .</p> <p><a alt="((CONLINK|2971|Facebook))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2971-how-to-use-facebook-tips-for-new-facebook-users.html">Facebook</a> has incorporated simple editing tools and many prompts to help users add information. The secret to finding them is to hover over sections to activate your options. First, you’ll need a cover photo that will span the top of your profile. Hover over the lower-right corner to choose between using a <a alt="((CONLINK|2111|current%20photo))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2111-shoot-like-a-pro-getting-great-results-from-a-pocket-camera.html">current photo</a> from your inventory of photos previously uploaded to Facebook or choose to upload a photo from your computer. The result can be dazzling.</p> <p>The balance of the profile page contains a strip of recent photos, your status updates and those from your friends. Each item is boxed. Hover over the upper right corner to reveal an editing tool that allows you to feature an item on your profile or hide it. Note the timeline feature running down the center of the page. By clicking on the timeline, you can uncover items that you’d like to be visible on your profile or delete altogether.</p> <p>Google’s aspirations are not as grand. A <a alt="((CONLINK|2929|Google+))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2929-how-to-become-a-google-pro.html">Google+</a> profile contains basic information, a small profile photo and a strip of recent photos. It leaves the chronicling to your scrapbooking great aunt.</p> <p></p>

<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/faceoff-find-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Finding friends on Facebook and Google+" title="Finding friends on Facebook and Google+">Finding people</strong>

<p></p> <p>Both networks allow people to find and add friends easily by typing names or by syncing with email contact lists. Facebook will pull in contacts from Windows Live, AOL, Outlook, Apple Mail and Yahoo <a href="http://free-email-services-review.toptenreviews.com/?a_aid=aff1010" target="_blank" title="Free email services review">email accounts</a> along with dozens of smaller services such as Comcast.net. Facebook will not import contacts from Gmail. To add friends to Facebook, you’ll have to get their permission by sending a “friend request.” As of this week, Facebookers will have to send a separate message to prospective friends; friend request no longer supports an included message. If a friend request is accepted, the person is added to your list of friends. If it is not accepted, communication will not be possible.</p> <p>Google+ users can find friends in the same way as Facebook by typing in names or syncing with an email account. Contacts from Facebook cannot be directly imported into Google+. No permissions are required from the people you add to Google+, opening the way to <a alt="((CONLINK|2900|follow%20celebrities))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2900-social-media-fame-contest-which-celebrities-athletes-are-most-popular.html">follow celebrities</a> and industry experts or your latest crush. However, you will see only the posts shared to the public if you haven’t been added to a user’s circles of contacts.</p> <p></p>

<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/faceoff-sort-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Friend Lists on Facebook vs. Google+ Circles" title="Friend Lists on Facebook vs. Google+ Circles">Sorting people</strong>

<p></p> <p>Here’s one area where the two services really differ. Facebook offers users the ability to group friends by lists, which has been fairly cumbersome, particularly if you have a lot of friends. The idea ties into the notion of privacy, so that only your real friends see posts about your weekend antics, while <a alt="((CONLINK|3113|your%20boss))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3113-google-raises-privacy-concerns.html">your boss</a> sees only your professional side. In Facebook, sorting comes after building a list of friends. In Google+, the two tasks are linked.</p> <p>Google+ is built around circles. To add a contact, you must designate one or more circles for that person. By default, <a alt="((CONLINK|2969|Google+))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2969-google-launches-new-features-update-center-including-reordering-circles.html">Google+</a> offers friends, family and acquaintances. New circles can be added simply by renaming the blank circle Google provides in its array. Circle options are used as a simplified communication and privacy method once you begin posting.</p> <p></p>

<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/faceoff-post-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Update prompts on Facebook vs. Open-ended updates on Google+" title="Update prompts on Facebook vs. Open-ended updates on Google+">Posting and privacy</strong>

<p></p> <p>Facebook offers a newly modified box for making posts that offers status, photo/video/webcam, location via an integration with <a alt="((CONLINK|2840|Bing))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2840-bing-lasso-ropes-in-results-without-a-search-box.html">Bing</a> maps and a suite of life events that are directed at filling out your personal history. Choose from Work and Education to announce a new job, Family and Relationships when you get the ring, Living for buying a new house, Health and Wellness when you break a bone or have surgery and Milestones for other achievements like learning a language. Each option comes with its own popup form to provide consistent information over time including date, people you were with and a photo. You can also add your own type of life experience under each category.</p> <p>Each Facebook posting box comes with <a alt="((CONLINK|2994|privacy%20options))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2994-is-facebook-privacy-an-oxymoron.html">privacy options</a> that determine who can see the post. Some of these are based on lists, but others are based on your profile information such as the college you listed, and friends in your current location. Further, a customized option allows you to make a post visible to specified individuals. Likewise, you can hide a post from one or more people.</p> <p>Posting on <a alt="((CONLINK|3001|Google+))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3001-how-to-add-emphasis-to-google-posts.html">Google+</a> is similar, but without the lifestyle choices or <a href="http://webcam-review.toptenreviews.com/" target="_blank" title="Webcam review">webcam</a> option. Each post can include a photo, a video or a link along with text. Location can be added if your browser settings allow Google to access it. Further, Google+ posts can be edited after posting, a feature that Facebook does not support. Google+ also allows posters to disable sharing of a post by other members.</p> <p>Once the post is complete, you must specify which circles will see your post. Alternately, you can designate a post as public. A public post on Google+ means that all of your circles will see it in their stream and it will be searchable within the entire Google+ user base. Posts are not searchable within Facebook.</p> <p></p>

<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/faceoff-extra-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Timelines and social apps for Facebook, Hangouts with Google+" title="Timelines and social apps for Facebook, Hangouts with Google+"></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong>Extras</strong></p> <p>Facebook announced a new breed of apps that could add a mountain of new updates and allow friends to share their media experiences in real time. For instance, if users allow an upcoming music app from streaming service <a alt="((CONLINK|2890|Spotify))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2890-spotify-hands-on-worth-the-hype.html">Spotify</a> , when they are listening to a song it will instantly appear as an update in their friend’s feed. Clicking on the link launches the streaming music to friends — and now they’re listening together. The same type of sharing will be available for movies, TV and news.</p> <p>In addition, lifestyle apps will soon be available that are designed to showcase activities and hobbies. Social Cooking, a Nike runner’s app and a musician’s app were all demoed at this week's event. Zuckerberg characterized the apps as “frictionless.” Once Facebookers have given permission to run the app, no pesky “do you want to share?” popups will interrupt their activity.</p> <p>The automated updates will not appear in the main News Feed, but will be added to the <a alt="((CONLINK|3193|Timeline))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3193-facebook-debuts-new-timeline-user-profile.html">Timeline</a> and the Ticker, a new Facebook feature that Zuckerberg referred to as “a lightweight stream of everything that’s going on.”</p> <p>Facebook also offers real-time chats.</p> <p>Google+ has its own set of extras, including <a alt="((CONLINK|3178|Hangouts))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3178-google-opens-to-public-moves-out-of-invitation-only-phase.html">Hangouts</a> , which this week got a major upgrade of its own. Hangouts are live video chats that can accommodate up to nine people. On Wednesday night, Google launched its On Air Hangout featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Along with nine viewers who could join the Hangout, the event was offered as a live stream through Google’s YouTube and could be viewed within the Google+ Stream by any Google+ member. Like Facebook, Google+ offers messaging, but this feature can include groups of people.</p> <p>At this time, Google+ has no apps other than a small selection of games compared to thousands offered by Facebook. Google+ has walled off its games and keeps game notifications separate from the news stream. However, no one expects Google+ to be bereft of apps for long.</p> <p>Google+ has yet to open up to <a href="http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/top-10-brands-on-facebook-1792/" target="_blank" title="Top 10 Brands on Facebook">brands</a> and businesses, a feature that has consumed marketers on Facebook Pages. Google says the feature is in development.</p> <p></p>

<strong><img src="images/stories/faceoff-intro-110923-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Facebook vs. Google+" title="Facebook vs. Google+"></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong></p> <p>So, Facebook or Google+? Both sites are easy to navigate, though <a alt="((CONLINK|3204|Facebook%20offers%20a%20flood))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/3204-how-to-unfriend-the-new-facebook-ticker.html">Facebook offers a flood</a> of information compared with a steady stream from Google+.  If you’re new to social networking or are a Facebook “lite” user, you may feel more comfortable over on <a alt="((CONLINK|2929|Google+))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2929-how-to-become-a-google-pro.html">Google+</a> with its circles that make privacy very simple. However, if you’re a social butterfly, Facebook will have more ways to share and connect with friends. And for now, Google+ can be a rather lonely place, dominated by a few loud voices.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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