Posted by: Hilary Gibney
With all the new forms of social media popping up over the internet, Facebook is trying to keep up with times, but is it working? Every time Facebook seems to change their layout users don’t stop complaining about it. We see it on twitter, we talk about it, and we even post it as our statuses (ironic?). Usually, Facebook sees the uproar it caused and takes a step back on the changes, but did they go too far this time?
Their goal was the make the news feed “like your own personal newspaper”. Facebook decides what is most important for you to read on your feed. They even added a ticker on the homepage to automatically refresh itself with new posts and comments. Sounds a little like Twitter doesn’t it? Well, with Google + , Twitter, and Foursquare I don’t blame Facebook for trying to spice things up a little bit. However, it was bad timing with Google+ going public to users because if people get fed up with the Facebook changes, they could easily switch to Google+ and never worry about it again. To add to the situation, Facebook is planning more changes when they partner up with Spotify, MOG, and Rdio.
If we look at the numbers, Facebook keeps its claim to fame with 750 million members compared to Google+ with a mere 10 million. Nonetheless, Google+ is still a threat because of its endless recourses and a successful history. Its set up isn’t so bad either. The homepage is less cluttered and easier to understand than Facebook. Microsofitis, is the term used to describe Facebook’s attempt to cram all the features onto one page along with many buttons and menus which make it harder for the users to learn and re-learn. Google+ keeps its design on the simple side inspired by Apple.
The Daily Beast exposed Facebook for hiring, Burson-Marsteller, top-public relations firm, to report anti-Google stories to newspapers right before the launch of Google+. These stories were supposed to influence reporters to do investigations on Google about invading people’s privacy. Does this show that Facebook is getting scared of what is to come of Google+? Yes. Should they be? I wouldn’t say just yet, but if they were smart they would stop these changes during the time when Google+ is becoming a popular public commodity.
What’s your opinion on Google+ vs. Facebook? Is Google+ going to become the new Facebook or will Facebook always be number one?