Active Rain July 9, 2011

7 things you can do on Google + that you can’t do on Facebook

7 things you can do on Google + that you can’t do on Facebook

  1. You can edit posts later- add/remove links, photos, and fix typos. 
  2. You can “follow” people (like on Twitter) without having to be friends. 
  3. If someone posts a bummer update, you don’t feel like a schmuck when you click “+1” to be supportive the way you do with “like.” You can’t “like” that a guy’s dog dies or they took his grandmother off the ventilator.  
  4. If you have an Android phone and take a picture, it automatically posts to a private album for sharing later if you choose. No work. No uploads. 
  5. Privacy and groups, which are a Rubik’s cube on Facebook, are automatic, intuitive, easy, and the first step thanks to the circles concept, which takes 3 seconds to learn. 
  6. You don’t have to feel bad by not reciprocating an add the way you do with a Facebook friend request. Google+
  7. If someone does add you on Google+, their basics aren’t hidden behind paranoid privacy settings because the G+ setting are so much easier. 

Bonus: You can go away and return without finding out you were added to some group or spammed with Mafia Wars, Farmville, or other intrusive outside application. 

That last point, which I thought of after first posting this piece, is huge. Google+ is permission based. Nothing happens without your consent. With Facebook, I have to go clean the mess. As Tim O’Reilly says, Facebook doesn’t get permission, they get forgiveness. That means undoing alot of crap you would never have consented to if their settings were reasonably easy to manage. 

I guess my opinion is showing!