Google+ is a social networking platform that is currently available to only a few users but already I can see that it is better than Facebook. Here are seven reasons.
1. Integration of Services
Integration is arguably the biggest feature of Google+ and its main advantage over Facebook. Almost all Google online services like search, video, documents and email are integrated with Google+. I almost always see the black bar and the red notification icon on my browser, which means that I am always tempted to check out my Google+ profile for updates. Similarly, if I’m on Google+, other Google services are just a click away.
Did you ever feel that Facebook has not enough options when it comes to organizing your social groups or circles?
Google Circles does what Facebook cannot do — it organizes your social circles the way you want to. On Circles, you create your groups and you may not know if the people in the group also put you in their circles. That’s because Google+ does not depend on two-way relationships. You share with them but you do not expect that they will share with you in return. The Circles feature on Google+ is really for the creator of the circle, not the members. This imitates real life that’s why Circles will be one of the most attractive features of Google+.
Google knows that most people are on a social networking site to share stuff – news, photos, articles, websites, videos. With Google+’s Sparks feature, Google has something Facebook cannot possibly offer. Sparks is a search feature inside Google+. Just imagine getting all stuff that interest you inside Google+ and having to share them with your Circles instantly. Using Google’s search power, Google+ can give you the media and content that you need in an instant. On Facebook, you’ll have to leave the site if you want to look for content.
4. Chat Features
Google+’s Hangouts is a video chat feature that is not available on Facebook. It is like chatting but with the convenience of actually seeing the people you are chatting with. Up to 10 people can join a chat and it doesn’t take much imagination to see how this will be one of the coolest features of Google+. On mobile phones, you can do a group chat through text using Google+’s Huddle feature.
5. Content Sharing
Sharing on Google+ is much simpler and much safer. When you want to post something, Google+ lets you choose carefully which Circles or individuals can see your post. You get the privacy level that you want for each content shared on Google+.
The Instant Upload on Google+ is also a welcome feature. With this tool, you can automatically upload photos and videos from your phone to your Google+ profile.
6. Control Over Privacy
One of the biggest things Google+ has which Facebook doesn’t have is real user’s control over privacy. On Facebook, we are concerned about the things we share since they may end up in the hands of strangers. With Google+, the Circles feature gives the user more control over who gets to see a post. And what’s more, Google+ allows you to get back all the stuff you put on the service. Google+ lets you take all your stuff from Google+ anytime you want to. This is done through a Google+ tool called “Data Liberation.”
7. Mobile App
The Google+ Android app makes using the service really easy and fun. For instance, moving content from an Android phone to Google+ is faster and easier. Facebook’s mobile app is not as good as Google+’s.