Just this morning I had a Google+ chat with a blogger from India who, even though he uses both Facebook and Google+, was only able to reach me through the latter where in seconds we were having a conversation about the merits of both social networks. Such contact wouldn't have happened on Facebook because my Facebook friends are all in the U.S. and most of them know me personally, which means I keep my chat disabled because I don't want people I haven't seen in 20 years messaging me every time I check my stream.
Eric Norstrom, a molecular and cellular neurobiologist, is another person with whom I've connected through Google+.
Here's how he aptly puts it:
"G+ is not FB, Twitter, or anything else. It's G+. It's great for content aggregation and collaboration in addition to the services provided by the other major social apps. It's not people bleating on a street corner. It's more like, you walk down a street and don't see anyone, but then you go into a building and you find that there's a party going on. Not only that, it's a good party with interesting people talking about things you care about and leaving out things you don't. Less noise, more signal."
He's right about Google+ being a more lively place to hang out. You're not likely to see inane posts -- most contain photos, videos or links to other interesting content. This morning someone in one of my circles shared a post by Google Maps touting a NASA map that shows where the May 20 eclipse can be seen. (See also "Google+ vs. Facebook: See How They Compare."
Google's Many Products are an Advantage
While there certainly were some privacy concerns when Google said it would share user data across its products, it can't be denied that the company has created a slick and seamless experience for users.
On my Android phone I use Places, Maps and Navigation, YouTube, Voice, Talk, Calendar, Drive, Goggles, and Play Music, and many of these apps sync to the cloud for integration to the desktop.
In essence, Google has a very large window into what I'm doing, where I'm going, what I'm watching, and who I'm talking to. And this window stays open for much of every day I'm online or using my phone.
While Facebook also garners data from me when I'm on its network, I'm not there very often, relatively speaking.
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