The Main Differences Between Facebook & Google+ | vía @PlusDaily


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Facebook or Google Plus?  

Facebook, once the darling of the social media world, is starting to lose its sheen. With the new restrictions on what people can see, privacy issues, increasing advertising, promoted posts and less relevant content in news feeds, many people are starting to look for alternatives.

 
Fortunately, there’s an interactive, well supported, rapidly growing, easy to use social network that’s ready for you right now, Google Plus. In this article, we’ll explore some of the similarities, and differences between the two networks, answer some of your questions and let you know how to make the switch.

Hang on, isn’t Google Plus a ghost town?

Google Plus has certainly had this criticism levelled at it many times in the past, and once, that might have been true. When the network first launched, it was quite tricky to find other members and interact with them. Now, that’s all changed.

In late 2012, Google Plus launched Communities, interactive forums where people with common interests could gather and discuss the things important to them; some of these communities have around 50,000 members! 
 
They also improved their ‘Find People’ functionality, making it easy to find former colleagues and classmates, review your existing contact lists and providing suggestions for interesting people to follow.
 
This, together with Google’s continued promotion and support of the network means that it’s now the second biggest social media network in the world with 340 million users active there every month.

OK, so what is the main difference between Facebook and Google Plus?

If there’s one main difference, I’d say it’s this:
  • Facebook focuses on connecting you with your existing friends and your relationships with them
  • Google Plus helps you build new connections, find interesting people and discover content that can surprise and delight you
That’s not to say that Facebook can’t help you discover new things, or that Google Plus can’t help you stay in touch with your current friends, far from it. 

Google Plus is simply setup to let you define exactly what you want to see and from whom, whilst also highlighting some of the best people, content and thinking so you can expand your interests and horizons.

How does that work? How can I control what I (and others) see in Google Plus?

When you follow people in Google Plus (just like friending them on Facebook), you can add that person to one or more Google Plus ‘Circles’. You can make these circles about anything you like: you might have one for family members, one for business colleagues, another one for people that post awesome photographs and another for popular science.

Rich Snippets (fragmentos enriquecidos) de Google // gracias @iCrossingLatam


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En la actualidad, si realizamos una búsqueda,  como por ejemplo “ecuador”,  en Google o cualquier otro buscador, posiblemente nos entregase resultados de “Ecuador (País)”, pero puede ser muy posible que un universitario este realizando una búsqueda interesado por un  “viaje de ecuador”, u otra persona que esté buscando información sobre “el ecuador (de la Tierra), siendo en casos así que la búsqueda no resultara atractiva para el usuario y estaría obligado a realizar una nueva búsqueda más precisa.

Como es de esperar, todavía estos datos adicionales no están visibles para todos los resultados por falta de implementación de los rich snippets en las webs, y como ocurre en todo lo tecnológico, durante muchos años ha existido discrepancias en la forma de etiquetar los contenidos enriquecidos, haciendo que cada empresa interesada en dominar las búsquedas en la web, haya intentado que su opción prevalezca por encima de los demás.  Hace un tiempo, los grandes buscadores (Google, Yahoo y Bing) llegaron al acuerdo que establece la forma estándar en la que las web de nuestras empresas deben ser etiquetadas, para que los buscadores puedan ofrecer más información relevante acerca de las mismas, allanando así el camino a la implantación de la web semántica en las empresas.

Entre otras consideraciones, hay que preocuparse de que Google está realizando cambios en la estructura de su buscador, desplazando los resultados de la derecha (antes resultados de Adwords) al final de la búsqueda, otorgando este espacio a la búsqueda semántica, que de momento solo está activa búsquedas muy concretas, o con suficiente información enriquecida como para aportar valor a la búsqueda del usuario. Actualmente, los resultados que más información muestran en este lugar, son aquellos que hacen referencia a búsquedas culturales, pero las empresas ya empiezan a tener presencia gracias a Google Plus y Google Places.

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Google Engineer Develops Tool for Generating RSS Feeds from Google Plus


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RSS feeds are not available in Google Plus but you can quickly generate feeds for any Google Profile
or Page using the Feed+ app for Chrome.

Google Plus does not offer RSS Feeds but you can easily generate feeds on your own using a new Chrome app developed by Eric Koleda, an engineer working with the Google Apps Script team. Here’s a  sample Google+ Feed create using this tool.

Create RSS Feeds for Google Plus

To get started, open Feed+ inside Chrome and it will request access to some of your Google services. Say yes and you are all set to create RSS feeds from Google Plus. You can generate RSS feeds for individual profiles, business pages and for search results on Google Plus. Leer más “Google Engineer Develops Tool for Generating RSS Feeds from Google Plus”

Will Google+ Replace Facebook as the King of Social Media? [Plus Infographic]


Written by  | jeffbullas.com

 
 

Nothing is forever and the rise of Google plus begs the question “When will Facebook be dethroned? ”

MySpace lasted 5 years as the king of social networks until 2007 after launching in 2002. Smart business heads such as Rupert Murdoch paid over a half a billion dollars for direct ownership, betting on the the future continuing success of MySpace and its longevity.

Will Google Plus Replace Facebook as the King of Social Networks Plus Infographic

We now know that that business decision ended in tears, with MySpace being sold in 2011 for less than $40 million, as its user base continued to decline.

Facebook is not taking the private sale route but is going public this year with a market valuation estimated at $100 billion.

Google had attempted in the past to create a social media network as it knew that social networks were the future.

It launched Google “Buzz” and Google “Wave”, both of which were dismal failures.

In 2010, Google decided to get serious and invested over $500 million and incentivised management to achieve measureable social media success and its third attempt “Google plus” was launched  in 2011, into the crowded social media network market with no guarantees of success but knew that it had to do something to compete with the stickiness of Facebook.

Stickiness is a term that is used to describe the amount of time users spend on a platform engaged and using its features and functions.

Time Spent on Facebook

The numbers from Nielsen regarding time spent on Facebook compared to Google and other web properties are worth considering and reveal why Google had to launch Google+.

In May, 2011 Americans spent

  • 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook
  • 17.2 billion minutes on Yahoo
  • 12.5 billion minutes on Google

In fact Facebook beats Google, YouTube, Yahoo and AOL combined, based on time spent on the platform!

What Happened in Social Media in 2011?

What Happened in Social Media in 2011 Infographic

Source: ColumnFiveMedia

Has Google Plus been a Success? Leer más “Will Google+ Replace Facebook as the King of Social Media? [Plus Infographic]”

Google+ vs. Facebook – Infographic | Written by Jeff Bullas


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I am starting to wonder if Google+ is a waste of time as a marketing platform for bloggers and brands.

Google+ vs Facebook Infographic

Google+ launched with a bang last year and has now reached over 170 million registered users and 100 million active users.

The demographic is mainly male at 67%, the average age is 28 years old with a technical bent.

I do like the Google+ interface and I am sure it had a significant impact on maintaining competitive  pressure on Facebook to keep its user interface fresh with its new “Timeline” design rollout and evolution.

But there is a problem.

Google+’s engagement levels are so low that actually rank behind MySpace and almost any other significant social network you want to mention.

Google+ Engagement is Poor

Research from RJ Metrics shows that that despite the large user base they are hardly spending any time on the site whether vthat is publishing, reading or engaging.

Here are some of the findings:

  •  The average post has less than one +1, less than one reply, and less than one re-share.
  • 30% of users who make a public post never make a second one.
  • After making five public posts, there is a 15% chance that a user will not post publicly again.
  • Among users who make publicly-viewable posts, there is an average of 12 days between each post

Other research reveals that Google+ users spend on average only 3 minutes per month versus Facebook at over 400 minutes.

Google+ vs Facebook - Infographic

What about Traffic Referral…? Leer más “Google+ vs. Facebook – Infographic | Written by Jeff Bullas”

INFOGRAPHIC: Privacy On Facebook Versus Google Plus Posted by Jackie


By Cohen
http://www.allfacebook.com/infographicprivacy-on-facebook-versus-google-plus-2011-10 

Which site offers more privacy, Facebook or Google Plus? A pretty good comparison between the two appears in an infographic below.

Peer One Hosting created the infographic that illustrates how neither site outdoes the other in the way of privacy.

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