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Why I’m Switching From Facebook to Google+

by Priscilla Tan

 

Social media has changed. Take Facebook, for instance. Ever since it announced its amended policy, it’s been restricting how many people see our posts. It propably means nothing to the general public (woots! No more Facebook ranting statuses!) but this is a disaster for business owners and bloggers. These people rely heavily on the word of mouth, so this cutback is jeopardising their careers. When the Facebook engagement drops,

Just last week, I found out that there are only 22 people who noticed my latest status. For a Facebook page with 190 likes, this is less than a half! This is not cool, Facebook. I feel like I just got slapped in the face.

Like most of my acquaintances (does anyone feel like we’ve been blindly adding strangers as friends?) on Facebook, I’m planning to shift to Google+. It still lacks in certain areas for sure, but given that it’s still in its infancy stage, I’ll let it pass.

Are you too, wondering about the pros and cons of Facebook and Google+? Would you like to find out more about these social media tools? Well, only one way to find out!

 

Privacy

Google+ has a lot more options that put Facebook to shame, you can create your own circles! Stumbled upon your boss’ account on Facebook and but debating whether you should add him up or follow him, instead? The dynamics of a manager-employee relationship can be confusing at times.

I came across an ex-schoolmate whom I wouldn’t called friend on Google+ and added her on my newly created circles. Had it been on Facebook, I probably would have turn a blind eye to her — it wouldn’t feel right if I send a friend request, much less following her.

Layout

I used to love Facebook’s layout. Lately, however, it’s going through a lot of changes and it’s starting to bother me. Google+, bless its soul, is packed with a pleasant and simple look. I’m a big fan of its multi-column stream layout.

I hope it doesn’t change.

 

Game Invites

Some people just can’t take a hint. When Friend A sent me a game invite to play Candy Crush, I ignored it. The next day, I received the same request. This cycle went on for more than a month. I got so annoyed that I wondered if I should send a message to him, Make like a shepherd and get the flock outta here!

Sure, we can turn off game notifications in Facebook but wouldn’t it be better if we stop all these senseless games once and for all?

The good news about Google+ is that no one has to endure this maddening treatment. What’s the worst thing that could happen? A notification board flooded with countless of +1’d on your latest Google+ post?

Anyone will take that over a game invite anyday.

 

Communication

Google Hangouts are, effortlessly a lot more effective than Facebook Video Calling. Many professionals like SEO experts and social media guru are using it to connect with people across the globe to share their insights and valuable information.

Even Hollywood celebrities like the cast of The Hunger Games and Courtney Love are using the platform for interviews! Although, I have to point out that I don’t know if Google’s paying them to advertise their services, so I’m just assuming.

 

Despite its setbacks, Facebook is still standing strong. The online social networking service is making so much money that it bought over Instagram and WhatsApp, so for now it’s staying. But who knows, someday Google+ will beat Facebook and clinch the number one spot.

What do you think? Which do you prefer, Facebook or Google+?

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