Make no mistake. Facebook is absolutely horrible. If you use a service and can’t figure out how they make money… chances are… they make money off of you. This is definitely the case for Facebook.
Another issue with Facebook is the friends. At the moment, I have 259 friends. I would generously guess that about 1/3 are actual friends and I would generously guess another 1/3 are acquaintances. This leaves a full 85 people that I barely know. I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but it is definitely the case for me.
Since I’m on a roll, I’m going to keep going. Issue #3 with Facebook (and this is an entire internet problem), is that there are so many people on there who will run with anything to get attention, it becomes tyranny of the majority. I recall when Conan was getting fired from NBC (keep in mind, the firing was justified, his ratings were horrible), all I saw was a ton of people who were on Team Coco…. Here’s the thing with that. If all the posers were on team coco, he wouldn’t be getting fired in the first place. Also, keep in mind, he was pocketing close to $20 million.
I’m not going to get into the horrible privacy policies of Facebook or not owning the data that you have posted. Enough about that has already been written. What I am going to talk about it why I prefer Google+.
1. I have total control over who sees my data
In this day and age, anything I post will be scrutinized. Whether from a potential employer or when I run for Earth President in 2048. With Google+, I have total control over who I share my data with. Each time I post anything, I select the circles who I share with. If I have a particular article that is relevant to work, I can post that to the co-worker circle I created without bothering my other friends. Conversely, when I post picture after picture of my weimaraner, I can post that to my weimaraner circle (Editors note: everyone benefits from weimaraner pictures so these are usually public).
2. Google+ is an Amazing Supplement to my RSS Feed
I love my RSS feed. I get everything from my Twins news to the latest XBox news. It’s amazing how many of my feeds are on Google Plus. With Google Plus, not only can I get my Android news, but I can interact and get others opinions as well. It was crazy that in a time when information travels so fast, Google+ was the first place where I saw that Disney was buying Lucus Arts. Reuters posted there before the story came across Google News or anywhere in my RSS feed.
3. Google + is More personal
Since Google+ is only used by a fraction of Facebook users (Note: your parents aren’t here yet), Google+ is infinitely more personal. With Google+, since the comments are much more accountable than Facebook, I’ve found it’s much easier to interact with people who I follow. Some of the people I highly recommend are Mark Cuban (https://plus.google.com/106318111152683661692/posts?gl=us&hl=en), Brad Meltzer (https://plus.google.com/111167107173528955920/posts?gl=us&hl=en) and Sports Illustrated (https://plus.google.com/+SportsIllustrated/posts?gl=us&hl=en). One of my comments on a Sports Illustrated article actually made it into the magazine!
4. It’s Google
My life is already controlled by Google. At this point, I’m all-in. I’m on my 3rd Android phone. I’ve been on Gmail since before I can remember. I typed part of this from my Nexus 7. I sold my Garmin because I’m totally reliant on Google Navigation. It’s totally logical for me to jump on the Google+ bandwagon as well. Plus, for someone who works in I.T., it’s filled with similar people.
At the end of the day, Google+ certainly isn’t the end-all-be-all social solution, but in my opinion, it’s a much better option than Facebook because I have absolute control of what and with whom I share data. It’s infinitely easier to use than Facebook. If there is someone posting an infinite number of political posts (don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos), I don’t have to unfriend them or hide them, I can just move them to a different circle where I don’t get all the updates. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the day, Google Plus meets all my needs and is where I prefer to share my information. For better or worse.