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Facebook versus Google+

There has been a lot of talking about Google Plus just after it launched. Facebook being the social media giants face challenges from the search engine giant, Google. In this post I compared the features of Facebook with Google Plus side-by-side.

Google Circles FaceBook Friend Lists
Google Circles are groups of friends. You can organize by topic. Facebook friend list allows user to group friends by topics
Drag and Drops feature makes easy to manage different groups. Managing friend list is not as easy like Google Circles.
You cannot exclude groups or friends from getting your updates. You can exclude groups or friends from getting your updates.
Google+ Stream Facebook News Feed
Looks similar to that of Facebook News Feed. You can update your status, share photos, videos, links, your location with friends. We can view what others updating, comment, share their updates and +1 them. Unlike google+ photos and videos can’t be uploaded instantly from mobile device, though we can use “upload email” to update status or post images or videos directly from mobiles. You can Ask Question and polls on facebook wall, which is not yet possible at Google+.
Google+ Hangout Facebook Video Calling
Excellent feature for face-to-face meet up with up to 10 friends. Chat can be private or public and allows you to watch YouTube videos with group and you can’t kick anyone out. It can be used as a group discussion by disabling video or audio. Facebook video calling doesn’t seem to support group chat. Skype has a group chat feature so it’ll be easy to bring that on Facebook. Unlike Hangout, it does require an accept by the initiator of that chat.
Google+ Huddles Facebook Chat
Allows you to do group-text chat on your Android powered mobile, application for iOS is under development. Huddle give you ability to keep in touch, even on the move. Facebook doesn’t provide official chat client for Mobile. However you can use any third party app – AIM. Facebook supports XMPP for building custom apps.
Google+ Location Facebook Place
You are just one click away from adding location to your post on stream. From your Android app you can do check-in, share your location with friends and also see updates of friends from near by location. We cannot add our location to our updates right from the Facebook wall. Check-in places, share your location and get updates from near by friends are possible on Facebook for mobile.

To Master Google+ Understand Circles

It’s very important to understand Circles to master Google+. The search engine giant has not only opted to add friends as one does in Facebook or follow people on Twitter. But it has something more to offer than any other social networking sites. Google+ gives more control over who sees your content.

Circles allow users to create groups. You just need to drag and drop your friends in appropriate circles. Like you can put your mom in “Family” circle, your boss in “Business” circle and your best college friend in “Friend” circle. In this way you can create as many as Circles you want. Though making too may look Circle would make congested and diminishes the usefulness of Circles.

There is also an option to select multiple friends and drag them into a Circle. It’s initially suggest those friends who are in your google contacts, but also allows you to find friends by importing contacts from Yahoo!, Hotmail and so on. It’s also easy to remove friends from a Circle. You just need to drag and drop from in the circle to outside the circle.

Circle gives you a lot control over adding and removing people. You can also rename your circle, write a short description about the circle, view the stream of your circle, open your circle in a tab and delete your circle. Therefore, it’s very important to create a Circle in the first place. Different things are shared with different friends. You want to share a private photo with your close friends, but share a business link with your business networks. Google+ Circle have the ability to give you this kind of control over both what you share and what pops up in your stream.

Google+ Problems on Beta Phase

Google recently launched a new social networking site called Google+. Since this is still an invitation only on beta version, it still has a lot of bugs and user’s usability that Google needs to fix. There are many users who still waiting to get an invite from Google+. Instead of throwing open its doors with a big splash Google is letting Google+ seep into the world virally. You can’t yet just go sign up; you have to be invited by someone who’s already a member. On this contrary there is another major problem I came across. If I want to send Google+ invite to my friends and click the invite button, it reaches to all users listed at my end. There is no such option to select the users you actually want to send the invitation.

Google+ is not available to all mobile applications. Android is the first mobile application that has been hit by Google+. IOS users may get the app in the future. Apart from this, there is a serious problem on Google+ image copyright, which I mentioned, in my earlier post. In this section Google clearly states to have the complete license of your images and hence can use, modify or distribute your images to other users. I personally feel that it’s big risk to share any images with Google+.

There are some shouts from the users end too which I would like to mention here.

1. Feed displays recently updated time despite the original post instead of the messages in chronological order.

2. Timeline should be customizable.

3. The entries are not in chronological order. I keep seeing the same things I have seen since yesterday, because they have a lot of +1′ s, and from time to time new content is interspersed throughout the flow.

4. Google + has to stop hitting message at the top of the current at any time there is a comment, and this change should be implemented as soon as possible.

Google+ is in its infancy, and many of the things mentioned are part of future versions or bugs that Google intends to fix though. No doubt it’s a big challenge for Google to build the trust for its users. Google+ does have some nice features. Hopefully, with the Huddle and Hangout features, Google+ can persuade users to use their service. Also, Google+ does give new users that do not have any social accounts, another option beside Facebook.

We wish all the best to Google and hope to have a user friendly and hassle free Google+ in the upcoming days.

Google Plus Image Copyright Issues

Recently, Google the search engine giant unleashed their new social network site “Google Plus”. It is Google’s answer to social networking. There are lots of discussions going across the globe about Google Plus. But one thing that concerns me is their TOS (terms of service) that allows them license to images.

Professional photographers and aspiring professional photographers who make money by licensing their photos and even other users who wants to have privacy on their photos should be aware to decide before signing up in Google Plus. Here is the link of TOS.

Please carefully read these section which says…

“By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

“You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.”

“You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.”

After going through this, I personally feel that it’s a risk to share any images with Google+ . What you guys think? Let me know your comments here.

Google+ Project Unleashed

The search engine giant Google finally answers to Facebook with Google+. This social networking site is currently in “limited field stage”. The Google+ project brings friend streams, group video chat and group messaging to Google’s millions of users. Google+ invites have not been available to the public, but apparently Google is prepared to test the service with a larger group. Google+ users will find a button that allows them to invite their friends on the Google+ Stream page. Invites are also available if a Google+ user shares content with a non-user via email.

Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools. To bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software including you, your relationships, and your interests Google+ have a lot to offer.

Are you on Google+? Have you got a Google+ invite yet? Let us know what you think of Google’s social service in the comments.