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Please Let Us Know: How Do YOU Use Google+ and Facebook?

August 25, 2011
at 10:01 am PST

There are many blogs and opinions floating around regarding the Google+ versus Facebook debate and by no means do I want to offer my own analysis here. Other people – much smarter than me – said it all. I’m sure you’ve also seen the infographics showing the explosion in Google+ account registrations. But, are people really using this site or did they just open an account?  

For this post, I want to do something different. I would love to hear from you…ABOUT YOU. A few days ago, I tweeted a question and asked some of my fellow practitioners about how they were using Google+ relative to Facebook, and received some interesting answers. I must admit, I nodded my head “yes” several times as I listened -- I could relate. So if you have a Google+ account and/or a Facebook profile, I would love to get your comments. The questions I’m looking to get answers to are:

  1. HOW OFTEN do you use your Google+ account relative to Facebook?
  2. HOW do you use Google+ versus Facebook? What type of CONTENT do you publish on each platform -- same, different, etc? And WHO do you connect with on each platform?
  3. What’s your PLAN for each as you look 12 – 18 months into the future?  (E.g., “no plan, I’m taking it one day at a time”, “I’m just experimenting with Google+”, etc)   
  4. Anything else you think can help us better understand how you’re using these tools

HOW TO PLAY?

Please…

  1. Post your comments below (requires you to log in)
  2. Focus on how YOU are using these tools (i.e. no general analysis)
  3. Keep it clean and be nice
  4. Share this post with your friends and followers

Thank you in advance for participating!

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8 Comments.


  1. Don’t use Facebook at all, it’s waste of time and very little useful information is ever posted. Twitter is quite good through the lens of flipboard. Rss feeds are the most useful.

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  2. 1) Usage is moving target depending on the objective. It varies between the two, but FB is for friends. G+ is for Posts

    2) G+ = Posting Pics/Commentaries FB = Talking to friends

    3) Maximize clicks in each channel.

    4. How is G+ changing your usage? Thoughts?

    Taariq

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  3. HOW OFTEN do you use your Google+ account relative to Facebook?
    ** Use FB about 4-5 times a day. Lots of posting & commenting.
    ** Use G+ about every 1-3 days. Post maybe one thing.

    HOW do you use Google+ versus Facebook?
    Google+ – currently strictly business. Don’t look around much. Find circles annoying.

    What type of CONTENT do you publish on each platform – same, different, etc?

    G+ – post articles, occassionally comment on something but find it difficult to navigate through all my circles
    FB – pictures, articles, ideas, what I am up to; post on people’s walls (can you do that on G+? Can’t figure out how).

    And WHO do you connect with on each platform?
    - In a way, have similar people on G+ and FB. But, much more selective on FB, even though I am pretty open in general. G+, almost don’t care, as I have a circle for “not sure who this is”

    What’s your PLAN for each as you look 12 – 18 months into the future? (E.g., “no plan, I’m taking it one day at a time”, “I’m just experimenting with Google+”, etc)

    - Only on G+ as I do social for a living and want to stay clued in. Not enjoying it at all. But, also did not like Twitter for the first year. We will see. Don’t like G+ interface.

    Anything else you think can help us better understand how you’re using these tools

    It seems that many developers I work with like G+. Also, many people can’t be bothered to also be on G+. Pretty much, FB is where I talk to my friends.

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  4. 1) With the availability of both Facebook and G+ on all my mobile devices, I pretty much am on both of them an almost equal amount. There are days that one site is quieter than the other, so I guess you could say it fluctuates, but eventually over time, you get a pretty steady equal average

    2)With G+, I find myself talking/sharing about really random things and not just to my circles, but to the Public. This is probably the exact opposite of G+ and their want for limiting groups of people to circles. I find that more people are posting publicly than just to their circles. I tend to post more photos to Facebook as most of my family is still on there. Maybe this will change when they smooth out the G+ app on mobile devices and when more people adopt the G+ wave. But more often than not, I find myself doing the copy and paste on both sites which I am pretty sure is a cardinal sin of social networking

    3) I will definitely be using Facebook as I am right now unless everyone jumps ship like they did with MySpace and go to G+. Otherwise, I see myself updating at both places, talking/sharing with very separate groups of people

    4) I think I tend to use G+ more as a “Check-In” tool and share what I am doing more. I feel like I am more open with the world on G+ than I am with Facebook, which seems like the exact opposite of what most people are experiencing. But I think with the “Check-In” capability on G+, you will see more people publicly sharing a lot more than Facebook as not everyone can just see your posts (Which brings me to another feature that is awesome on G+ – “Nearby”)

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  5. Petra Neiger

    Thanks so much for playing – appreciate the thoughtful responses!

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  6. A 1. Both daily

    A 2. I use Facebook most because we have active groups with people from around the world. We do collaborate on projects and du serious business in those groups.
    I use Google more sporadically and for “hangouts” which are pretty cool. G+ is taking a slice from my Twitter time ;)

    A 3. I expect G+ will take much more “Time share” from Twitter. That said I do not have a plan as I’m where my customers are and that’s something you can’t plan ;)

    A 4. I use it for “massive relationship building”. The key is to use it as a “tool” to grow beyond our physical limitations (Dunbar number) like we build cranes to lift more than we physically can. If we just post all day long – all we do is adding a microscopic amount to the approximately 1 billion pieces of content per day.

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  7. 1. I use Facebook on a daily basis and haven’t tried Google+.
    2. There are several types of content that I publish on Facebook. First is what I would consider regular content in that I use it to stay in touch with my friends. The other way is by posting small sections of blog posts that I write. I use Facebook to connect with friends and people who enjoy reading my blog posts.
    3. My plan is to continue with Facebook as is. For Google+ I do plan on beginning to engage in this social media. How I’ll use it I’m not exactly sure yet. I do use Twitter a lot though for relationship building and I find it far easier than Facebook.

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  8. I think Facebook is becoming, (or has become), almost a staple of sorts, just as computers became standard business tools in the 1990′s with the internet boom.

    Thanks for aksing the question, great article!

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