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YouSpeak: Facebook vs. Google+

Weighing in on the pros and cons of the two social networking sites

When Google launched its Facebook competitor, Google+, at the end of June, many predicted the imminent demise of Facebook, especially those critical of its privacy settings. Google+ allows users to share information with targeted circles of friends and has a “hangout” feature. Instead of directly asking a friend to join a group chat, users can “start a hangout,” which instantly puts them in a video chat room. A message then goes out to their social circles that their friend is “hanging out.”

Google+ has attracted an estimated 25 million users since its debut, but Facebook, with 750 million active users, remains dominant. This week’s “YouSpeak” asks students which social networking site they prefer.

YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.

If you have a suggestion for a question we should ask, post it in the comments section below.

Nicolae Ciorogan

Nicolae Ciorogan can be reached at ciorogan@bu.edu.

7 Comments on YouSpeak: Facebook vs. Google+

  • Duney Roberts on 09.19.2011 at 10:56 am

    Google + hasn’t even been publicly released! It can’t be fairly compared based on the timeline since its “debut”.

  • Eric Hsiao on 09.20.2011 at 12:23 pm

    Google + won’t be the “Facebook Killer” because of 2 reasons:

    1) It takes too much effort to reorganize all your friends into circles and basically start all over
    2) People are already too used to facebook’s way of displaying information and won’t take too much time to learn how to use Google+

    That being said, the hangout feature of Google+ is absolutely amazing and trumps the whole Facebook/Skype integration. You can do group chatting and the application is quite impressive. For that reason, I’d say I would have some circles of friends just to do group chatting for projects and such.

    But overall as a social network, facebook will continue to dominate.


  • Kristy Alaura on 09.20.2011 at 3:08 pm

    I would just like to ask why one would be friends with those whom they wish not to know about on Facebook? Isn’t the point to stay in touch with friends, and not with the people whose lives you have no care to know about?

  • Rick on 09.20.2011 at 4:27 pm

    What are people going to do differently on Google+ that they don’t already do on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin?

    If you get a Google+ account will you delete your Facebook account?

    • Rupert Manlove on 09.23.2011 at 1:45 pm

      I hit on the ladies on facebook but leave friends for google+ ;)

  • Sesame Street on 09.24.2011 at 3:01 am

    Google is more powerful than facebook I think google will be first one

  • my Meanie ego on 10.11.2011 at 5:43 pm

    Honestly people. In reality, everyday we take sh*t from our bosses, in our internet lives, a lot of people give sh*t on Mark ceo of Facebook so he can sell our data to their sponsors.

    If you like the idea of Facebook selling your data, them peeking on your every more on the internet everytime you login Facebook then you are free to ignore Google+.

    Mark is GUILTY and watch the video on how pathetic he is when asked a question about how he violated our privacy? He’s SWEATING A LOT! I ME FACE RED AND SWEAT SWEAT!

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