Guest blog article written by Steve Loosley, Tech Blogger
In a recent post about Google+, one person astutely wondered,
How are people feeling about Facebook vs. Google+? I have both but am not completely sure Google+ is better.
This is a great question!
Is Google+ better than Facebook? Twitter?
Let's begin by asking, What is the difference between Google+, Facebook, and Twitter?
Google+ has the potential to replace most, if not all, of the services that you currently use to share information.
Rather than send email, use G+ to share your thoughts with only one person. Rather than post to a blog, use G+ and make your thoughts public. Rather than tweet, use G+ to share your 140 characters with everyone.
Use Google + to share indiscriminately with a large circle of "friends," and you’re back to Facebook.
Share discriminately with a select circle of associates, rather than send a bulk-email, use a listserv, or configure an invitation service. Share with yourself, rather than opening a journal. Share photos with your family, rather than uploading to a third-party photo-sharing service.
Google+ is highly configurable and potentially replaces a wide range of services — email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, invites, listserv, and photo-sharing. As one well-known blogger explains, “You simply say what you have to say, then decide who you’re going to say it to.”
But, does this mean that Google+ is better than Facebook and Twitter?
Absolutely not! No.
If I want to share information with my sister and her family, then I better go to Facebook. They don't use G+. If I want to view my daughter's pictures from her summer internship, I know that I better coax her to share a Facebook link. All of her friends are on Facebook.
If I want to track a current event in real-time, such as the recent events in London, then I better turn to Twitter. If I want to share something with my dad, I better use email.
In general, I better choose the communication tool — G+, Facebook, Twitter, email, blog, and so forth — that best suits my audience and purpose.
What do you think? Which social-media site best suits your needs? Why?
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