Searching the web, I found this interesting infographic by Technobombs.com, which gives a feature by feature comparison of Google+ and Facebook. Everybody is talking about it at the moment, so I think it is a good idea to take a closer look at both social platforms which although enable social sharing,video chat and connecting with friends, yet have some subtle differences.
When Google launched its +1 Button two months backs, there were instant comparisons to Facebook’s Like Button. And now when a full fledged site is launched, some similarities are definitely obvious.
Great potential for businesses
As I said in my last blog post, both of these companies are the names to reckon with and are trying to build on their capabilities to capture the maximum mind share. Though one is in nascent phase and the other one has been there and seen it all, yet they have been quite neck to neck in terms of features.
When thinking about social networking, it is also important to keep in mind that apart from just trying to connect with friends, these platforms have a significant business potential, because almost all brands use it to reach out to their customers. But Google+ is yet to launch its brand pages and APIs. According to me, it is not possible to analyse the full potential for Google+ unless the business part is launched, though.
Something missing in the infographic is the group chat feature launched on Facebook recently, allowing users to have a conversation with multiple people at the same time. Last year, groups were introduced where people can chat in groups, but now it will be possible to have ad hoc chats, which is same as Huddle on Google+.
Personally, I feel it would be really interesting to see the upcoming innovations and gain insights into the way ahead. Would each of these platforms carve out a niche for themselves so that both can co-exist – or would one take over the other in terms of market share?
Here, you can have a look at the infographic: