Here's my prediction: Google+ won't usurp the throne from Facebook. It will instead grow into a strong, competitive player and much-needed alternative, much as Google's Chrome has with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. That would leave Facebook as the largest player, but one without a dominant share of the social networking market. I predict that when this game is done playing, there will be no more thrones.
Survey data collected in the past 24 hours by our team at FamilyLink.com (a Facebook app developer with about 70 million current installs and fans) suggests that the vast majority of active Facebook users are happy where they are. As hard as it is to believe, most Facebook users have not even heard of Google+ yet.
Facebook had its much buzzed about event today, and it was a fail.
Mark Zuckerberg announced a video calling integration with Skype, which is a pretty basic, long-overdue feature really. Jay Yarow and Steve Kovach discuss how Zuckerberg overpromised and underdelivered, which seems a very defensive response to the Google Plus release last week.
For starters, Google+ gives users a handy way to organize their social contacts into different "circles"—friends, relatives, colleagues, etc.—with which they can share appropriate things. Though Facebook now offers the option to create "Groups," users broadcast their information to everyone by default.
Google+ also offers group video chats. That is why Facebook's announcement of one-on-one video on Wednesday seemed to fall short. Facebook has yet to introduce group video chat.
One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?
The answer is no, there’s no group chat. Facebook says that one on one video chat is far more popular on Skype than group chat and so it makes sense to start there. But that’s misdirection – group chat on Skype requires that at least one user be paying $4.49/month for premium service. So not a lot of group video chat happens on Skype.
The new deal between Skype and the social network does more than batter Google—it finally turns Facebook from a website into a telecommunications giant On Wednesday Facebook and Skype announced that you can now make free video calls to friends in Facebook. It radically simplifies the process of conducting video conversations and will enable even the most gadget-challenged to use this sophisticated modern technology. And it points toward a near future when Facebook becomes even more embedded into the fabric of modern life.
A group of Facebook engineers have made a new application, called "Circle Hack," which allows Facebook users to organize their friends in the same way Google+ users can create Circles.
There’s been quite a bit of talk about how Google ripped off some of Facebook’s features with its new social network, Google+. But it seems the biting goes both ways. Now, a group of four Facebook engineers have launched an unofficial Facebook app called “Circle Hack,” which allows users to organize their friends into lists in a near-identical fashion to the “Circles” tool in Plus — one of our favorite features.
There is an independent app which has come out for Facebook which can let you add your friends in ‘Circles’ just like Google+ does. However, it’s limited to nothing more than adding. You can add people to different circles but can’t play around with individuals once they are added. The app is Circles Hack.
Are you starting to tire of Facebook? Facebook users have grumbled about irritations with the site for years now, but there are some indications that they may finally have reached a breaking point.
A recent survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found that Facebook was the 10th most hated company in America. Customers are less satisfied with Facebook than they are with utility companies or even huge financial institutions like Bank of America.
I don't think there's any real mystery to why users want an alternative. Facebook has given users plenty of reasons to be upset over the years. The company has been notorious for sudden updates that raise major concerns about user privacy. Facebook's general strategy with these updates has often been that it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission
Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect for data privacy.
When people ask “can Google+ beat Facebook?” they’re misstating the question. It’s not about one site versus another site. Google+ is bigger than that. The reason Google calls it the “Google+ Project” is that Google+ will become a central part of Google’s whole identity. It will reshape the company. So the real question is “can Google beat Facebook?” Put that way, the contest seems a lot more even.
Ingenuity is surely something to be admired. Commercial ingenuity is something to be revered. Sometimes, though, it seems that certain tech companies only revere their own ingenuity. That seems to be the case with Facebook, which, as reported by TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld, has removed a piece of fine commercial ingenuity from its site.
Facebook should be ranking the content in my stream by my past “likes” while keeping that higher ranking content at the top of my activity stream. Instead, the best content is buried while Cooking Mama loiters on the side of my feed. Google+ has approached it differently. They allow you to filter content by circles. Think of these circles as a ten (more or less) ring circus where one can simply tune into the acts and people for which they have an interest. The best part is that the user controls who is in or out of the circles.
Considering that Google last week revealed the scale of its social ambitions by starting to roll out Google+, the question at today's Facebook product launch was: What's the Facebook reaction to this fierce new competition?
The two most distinctive — and so far, best loved — features of Google+ happen to be quite close to what Facebook launched: Groupings of friends and video chat. Facebook’s new Skype-powered video chat is focused on simplicity and supports only one-to-one communication. Over at Google, one-to-one video chat has been offered for years now as a feature of Gmail, and Google+ takes this to the next level, offering users “Hangouts” where they can gather up to 10 friends, chat actively or passively and even watch YouTube videos together.
Do we really need another social network? Can Google+ offer a service that Facebook does not? While you wait for the chance to see for yourself, take a look at this slideshow to learn how Facebook and Google+ compare.
Google’s newly-released social network, Google Plus, has a feature concerning video chat that allows users to talk to each other through video in groups as large as ten. This feature is called “Hangouts.” As of right now, Facebook has no video chat feature, which PCWorld has interpreted as something Google Plus could give them “serious competition” over.
Rumors have been spread that a video-chat feature isn’t the only thing Facebook’s cooking up: there’s also been talk of an official iPad app, as well as a mobile project. Whatever Zuckerberg has planned, it looks like the public will just have to wait until the 6th to find out.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining Google+ was a major media event, with everyone from Forbes to The Daily Mail covering the fact that the founder established a Google+ profile, building Circles that include former Facebooker Dustin Moskovitz and current Facebook CTO Bret Taylor.
While many were doubtful that the real Zuckerberg would join a competing social service, tech blogger Robert Scoble texted Zuckerberg himself to confirm, tweeting out “Name drop moment. Zuckerberg just texted me back. Says “Why are people so surprised that I’d have a Google account?”
People may think Google+ has borrowed some good ideas from Facebook. Nonetheless, it offers some cool new approaches which Facebook doesn't. And, hence, even though now Google+ has just started, it could soon be a solid alternative to Facebook.
If you are one of those who have already signed up for Google's hot social networking venture Google+, you would know why there is a reasonable ground for Facebook to sue Google. Google+'s UI (User Interface) is a direct copy of Facebook.
Sure, Google+ did introduce unique features like "Circles", and "Hangout" video chat. Also there are differences in the way you invite friends and so on. But the main page of Google+ or the Stream looks exactly like Facebook's News Feed. The way elements are arranged on the Google+ is closely reminiscent of Facebook. Compare for yourself:
Facebook Friend Lists lets users group friends under different lists; family, co-workers, etc., so that you can share things with subsets of your overall Facebook friends. As in real life, you don’t share everything with all the people you know, and with the Friend Lists feature you can emulate that. Sounds very similar to Circles right?
The problem with Friend Lists is the poor usability of this feature. Unlike Circles, you get the feeling that this feature was tacked on, and that it’s not a central component of the service. Creating and assigning people to Circles in Google+ is a lot easier and friendlier than managing Friend Lists, just look at this video from Google which gives you a good overview of how the Google interface handles this.
For all the things that Google+ is great for, the one thing that stands out to me is that it seems to have missed what Facebook has become. Facebook is truly a platform and it’s not just because people share content with each other. The apps, the ubiquitous Connect, business pages, and the ease of which people can pull content from other systems is important. Facebook is its own ecosystem, and it’s not just a social network anymore, despite how easy it is to simplify it down to that term.
Getting people to leave behind their neighborhood (Facebook) is a tough thing to do. In fact, fighting Facebook on that turf may be a losing proposition that Google can’t win. That being said, I do like Plus and I’m intrigued.