The on going battle between the two social networks Google+ and Facebook heated up last Tuesday when Google+ became public to the people. During the time Google+ was announcing new changes they have made to their network, along with going public, Facebook was undergoing changes of their own. Back to back announcements were being made between the two rivals all day Tuesday.
Many Facebook users are upset with the changes Facebook has been making. Recently Facebook has made changes to their news feed highlighting posts that are more important than others. Users have not been responding to this new feature in a good way and have even made suggestions to make Facebook the way it used to be before all of the new features.
“This morning I spent several minutes unmarking stories as “Top Stories” just so I get my news feed back into some sort of chronological order,” a comment from a Facebook user.
As Facebook is getting negative responses to their changes, Google+ is being applauded for the many new features they have come out with. They have updated their Hangout feature to where it can now be used for broadcasting on any smart phone with a camera. This feature allows nine users to connect and video chat together all at once. Later they announced that this feature will soon be available for all Apple users. The makers of Google+ believe that Hangouts should keep pace with how people socialize in the real world, so launching this feature on mobile devices allows people to always have it with them.
The competition between these two networks has started to become so out of control, that it is like Facebook is scrambling to stay ahead in the game. When changes are made to Facebook there are no announcements about it, or messages to let users know about the new features. Users feel like Facebook just keeps digging a deeper hole in each attempt they make to stay the world’s #1 most used social network service. People like the way Facebook use to be, it was simple, easy, and enjoyable to chat with friends. Now there are so many changes, each time someone logs into their account it looks completely different and is continuously becoming harder to understand.
When Google+ was just starting out and could only be accessed by an invitation only, Swedish technology entrepreneur Anton Perlkvist wrote that “Google+ is like a house party without alcohol where everybody is just standing around waiting.“ Now that things are starting to happen, Google+ has improved dramatically. The makers of Google+ were waiting for the perfect time to launch their network to the public. It was important to them to make sure everything was perfect and ready to go before letting too many people join. One advantage they have over Facebook is that Google+ encourages their users to gain more followers.
There are still some people out in the world that are not too sure about either of these two social networks. A comment from a user noted that the two networks are so concerned about upgrading and adding features that they are not taking the time to worry about user privacy. This being the real issue when using any social network. More and more these days user’s information is being sold to companies for either good or bad reasons. As this issue is brought up to Facebook or Google+ it very well could take a toll on either network. Users provide their information to share with friends and family, not for it to be distributed throughout various different companies. If this becomes a major issue for users, then both Facebook and Google+ are going to have to work harder in this area.
Google+ is starting to rise to the top with all of their efforts to become one of the best social networks. During one of their announcements they did not give out the number of users they have so far, but analysis say there are over 25 million users on Google+, and this was before they went public on Tuesday. They still have a ways to go before catching up with Facebook’s count of 750 million users, but with all the changes that have been occurring, this may be sooner than we all think. Will Facebook fans stay true, or will they all wonder away to what is becoming known as “a worldwide…interesting party?”- Anton Perlkvist.