Google+ vs Facebook
While tech pundits are widely praising Google’s new Plus product , I’ve found the one feature that could take away from Facebook where it’s most dominant: Time on the site. Facebook users are known for staying on the site for over half an hour a day, something no other site could compete with… until now. To be honest, my gut reaction after using Google Plus was initially, “Why on earth would anybody switch to this from Facebook?” However, when I loaded up Google Finance as I do every morning, I suddenly realized that I was asking the wrong question.
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 .
What happens on Google+, stays on Google+. At least that’s the way Facebook would like to see things. Web developer Michael Lee Johnson found that out the hard way. He was trolling for Google+ friends on Facebook by running a Facebook ad asking people to add him to their Circles on Google+.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining Google+ was at 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.